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Afronauts

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Producers Ryan Zacarias, Vincho Nchogu, Nuotama Bodomo

Synopsis

In 1964—just before Zambian Independence & in the midst of the Space Race—an eccentric freedom fighter turned schoolteacher, Mukuka Nkoloso, takes his students to a remote area to build a homemade rocket and set up an unofficial space program. He announces that he will send 17-year-old spacegirl Matha Mwamba to the moon with a missionary and two cats. Nkoloso has led many “impossible” projects before, but has he gone too far left-field this time?

About The Team

Nuotama Frances Bodomo (Director, Producer) is a Ghanaian filmmaker who was also raised in Norway and Hong Kong. She studied film at both Columbia University (BA, Film Studies) and NYU Tisch (MFA, Film Production). Her award-winning short films Boneshaker (2013), Afronauts (2014) and Everybody Dies! (2016) have premiered at festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, Telluride, Rotterdam, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, and BlackStar. Afronauts was exhibited at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, at the Barbican Centre as part of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, and at the Venice Biennale Architecture as part of Dimensions of Citizenship. She recently served as a writer-director on HBO’s series Random Acts of Flyness and is currently in Lusaka, Zambia developing the feature film version of Afronauts.

Vincho Nchogu (Producer) is a Kenyan producer who has produced International films and TV shows in East, Central and Southern Africa. Recently, Ms. Nchogu produced Gabriel and the Mountain, a Brazilian biopic which premiered at the 2017, la Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes, where it scooped two awards. Besides producing films, she has held a lifelong passion for science. She produces digital content for Traveling Telescope, a Kenyan company dedicated to promoting science and technology using astronomy.

Ryan Zacarias (Producer) is a Los Angeles-based producer whose work includes Michael Tully’s Septien and Ping Pong Summer, Matt Porterfield’s I Used To Be Darker and Sollers Point, Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and The Mountain, as well as Mediterranea and A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano. He also Executive Produced Tim Sutton’s Dark Night and Kirill’s Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty. Zacarias’ films have played festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian Rotterdam, Venice, Locarno, New Directors/New Films, the Berlinale, SXSW. He is currently in post on Annie Silverstein’s Bull.

Afronauts is a Cinereach grant-supported film.