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EKAJ is a love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture's the journey of a runaway in New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj's hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds himself disposable,replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their mutual loneliness leads to genuine friendship.

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All Critics (11)

  • Ekaj is a film that will leave you thinking about its message and its characters. Hopefully, it propels viewers to act with kindness towards others, especially those who are different than them.

    Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bold, strong, heavy, gritty, raw, and for the majority of its runtime, an excellent slice of grim realism. Surreal yet sincere, and well worth a watch.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…
  • In her debut film Ekaj, Gonzalez was able to use her background to create a moving portrait of friendship, loss, and survival in New York City. While New York is often portrayed as a paradise for wayward dreams, the reality is often the opposite

    Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ...delivers a heightened dose of reality while also capturing aspects of present-day New York City that have emphatically not been Disneyfied

    Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Ekaj shows flashes of brilliance and wisdom. It's reminiscent of an early film by the Safdie Brothers but manages to create its own place among the subgenre.

    Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • A compelling directorial debut from Cati Gonzalez, thanks to her confident direction, strong lead performances, striking cinematography, punchy themes and distinct characters.

    Dec 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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