Nakom

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Set in present day Ghana, Nakom follows Iddrisu, a talented medical student who is summoned home by his sister after their father's sudden death. Iddrisu buries his father and temporarily assumes the head of the impoverished household and farm, inheriting not only the delicate task of planting a successful crop, but also a debt left by the deceased patriarch that could destroy the family. Attempting to maintain part of his studies from the confines of a small hut, Iddrisu becomes increasingly frustrated with the incessant needs of those around him and the demanding toil of the land. The contentious relationship with his uncle Napolean, to whom the sizeable deb is owed, is further complicated by the unplanned pregnancy of Napolean's daughter who was sent to live with Iddrisu's family. Over the course of the growing season, Iddrisu grapples with tradition, familial duty, and the overwhelming sense of urgency to do what he must to secure his own future.

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  • This low-key, engaging feature from Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman, shown in last year's New Directors/New Films series, allows its setting to become a major character - and in this case, that's enough.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The film ... transcends its familiar "career vs. home obligations" conflict.

    Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A cast of non-actors acquits itself very nicely here, and the nature of the shoot -- in which locals played key roles in the low-budget production -- make the film's polish all the more impressive.

    May 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A dramatic microcosm of the age-old conflict between progress and tradition.

    May 9, 2016 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Cast largely with non-actors, Jacob Ayanaba carries this film masterfully, with Ghana's natural beauty standing out in every scene.

    Feb 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Nakom depicts a culture rarely ever shown on screen, and yet Iddrisu's struggle to move forward without betraying his upbringing reflects feelings that are unmistakably universal.

    May 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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