Feathered Dreams: Ukraine makes a film for Africans!

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Ukraine makes a film for Africans!

In June-July, 2011 Kyiv is witnessing an unprecedented project for Ukraine: a feature-length film is being shot here for the African film market. The Lead role in this big-budget melodrama with the working title "Sade. Light as a feather" is played by a celebrity of the Nigerian film industry - Omoni Oboli, who is among the “A” list and top paid actresses in Nollywood. One of the roles in this movie is being played by the current “Dynamo Kyiv” player, a native Nigerian - Ayila Yussuf. `

Reference: Nollywood - "Nigerian Hollywood" – is how Nigerians call their film industry: Mass production of mostly low-budget movies which are however extremely interesting with their twisting and turning plots for the local African population gives extraordinary profits. Today Nollywood is the third (!) largest film industry in the world (after Hollywood and Bollywood) in terms of profitability in filmmaking.

The budget for the Ukrainian movie "Sade. Light as a feather" allows to involve state of the art equipment which provides for the top picture quality and excellent light/special effects. The technical quality of this production is comparable to some top world-class movies. In Africa such movies definitely belong in the first-class category.

The director and producer of this film are brothers, Andrey and Philipp Rozhen who are famous for their music videos for the Ukrainian and Russian pop stars as well as for their works in advertising. The script was written by Andrey Rozhen, co-authored with his father Alexander Rozhen. It is based on the true story of the life of a Nigerian girl. Undermining the desires of her daughter, the mother sends Sade, the main character, to study at the medical institute in Kyiv – contrary to her dream of becoming a singer which was the last wish of her father before his tragic death.

The idea to shoot this film, and even more importantly to invest in such controversial project for Ukraine came to Igor Maron during his working trip to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. Igor is the vice-president of the Non-Governmental Organization, House of Africa, and the General Director of “UkrModule” company.

Igor Maron, Executive Producer of «HIGHLIGHT Pictures» a motion picture company: «I was amazed at how many people there are in Nigeria who had studied in the Soviet Union. I was approached by multiple Nigerians who had nostalgia in their voices when they told me stories about their college days in Odesa, in Kyiv, in Ivano-Frankivsk etc. Some would say "Zdoroven’kі booly" (a typical Ukrainian greeting or farewell) pronounced with a purely Ukrainian accent and someone would recall an unforgettable taste of the authentic Kiev chicken. And I thought that it would be great to shoot a film about the life of foreigners in Ukraine. Our film focuses on, and trails the path of the main character and her friends to their dream in Ukraine. After all, life choices, friendship and betrayal, love and hatred – these are international themes which would resonate with everyone regardless of geography or orientation.

The House of Africa in Ukraine was founded in order to establish comprehensive business and cultural links between Ukraine and the African countries. Thus, with this movie, «HIGHLIGHT Pictures» company will bring even more friendship to those connections. The United States has Hollywood, India has Bollywood and there’s the Nigerian Nollywood. So, we would do what it takes us to have a UkieWood in Ukraine!

The filming process is being supervised and co-produced by Mr. Austeen Eboka, a pioneering member of the Nollywood industry. A famous actor, director and producer based out of Atlanta, U.S.A. – Mr. Eboka was invited exclusively for that and his Ukrainian counterpart – the second vice-president of the House of Africa in Ukraine Mr. Alexis Opara. Their principal goal is to ensure that the movie is extremely appealing and interesting both for the African and the Ukrainian and possibly, even for the foreign audiences. The film is being shot in English but will also be dubbed into Russian and other languages. This project is supported by the Embassy of Nigeria in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria.
 

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Press-release August 2011: New FEATURE FILM

HIGHLIGHT Pictures» A Motion Picture Company

Ukraine Makes a Film With Nigerians!

Since June, 2011, Kyiv has been witnessing an unprecedented project for Ukraine: a feature-length film is being shot here for the African film market. The project is now in the post-production phase. The Lead role in this big-budget melodrama with the working title "FEATHERED DREAMS" is played by one of Nollywood’s “A” list and top paid actresses - Omoni Oboli, Also, one of the roles in this movie is being played by the current “Dynamo Kyiv” player, a native Nigerian - Ayila Yussuf. `

The budget for the Ukrainian/Nigerian movie allows to involve state of the art equipment which provides for the top picture quality and excellent light/special effects. The technical quality of this production is comparable to some top world-class movies.

The Producers of this movie are Austeen Eboka and Philipp Rozhen; Directed by Andrey Rozhen. The brothers are famous in the Eastern European countries for their music videos for the Ukrainian and Russian pop stars as well as for their works in advertising. The script was written by Andrey Rozhen, co-authored with his father Alexander Rozhen. It is based on the true story of a Nigerian girl sent to study in Ukraine.

Plot/Summary:
A young Nigerian girl, Sade (the main character played by Omoni Oboli) dreams of becoming a singer, which was the last wish of her father. However, her father dies suddenly, and tragically. Complying with her mother's desire, she was sent to study at the Ukrainian Medical University. The conflict between her dreams and, family dictates and necessity as deemed by her mother who is now responsible for financing her education leads to a chain of dramatic events; from dropping out of the Medical Institute to near death experience resulting from racial assaults by neo-Nazi fascists in post-Soviet era, homelessness and subsequently deportation from the foreign country for immigration law violations. Amidst these unfortunate episodes, she finds a boyfriend, who provides her a safe haven and, also encourages her to believe in herself and achieve her dreams. Does she…?

The idea to shoot this film, and even more importantly to invest in such controversial project for Ukraine came to Igor Maron during his working trip to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. Igor is the vice-president of the Non-Governmental Organization, House of Africa, and the General Director of “UkrModule” company. Igor Maron, Executive Producer of «HIGHLIGHT Pictures» states: “I was amazed at how many people there are in Nigeria who had studied in the Soviet Union. I was approached by multiple Nigerians who had nostalgia in their voices when they told me stories about their college days in Odesa, in Kyiv, in Ivano-Frankivsk etc. Some would say "Zdoroven’kі booly" (a typical Ukrainian greeting or farewell) pronounced with a purely Ukrainian accent and someone would recall an unforgettable taste of the authentic Kiev chicken. And I thought that it would be great to shoot a film about the life of foreigners in Ukraine. Our film focuses on, and trails the path of the main character and her friends to their dream in Ukraine. After all, life choices, friendship and betrayal, love and hatred – these are international themes which would resonate with everyone regardless of geography or orientation. The House of Africa in Ukraine was founded in order to establish comprehensive business and cultural links between Ukraine and the African countries. Thus, with this movie, «HIGHLIGHT Pictures» company will bring even more friendship to those connections. The United States has Hollywood, India has Bollywood and there’s the Nigerian Nollywood. So, we would do what it takes us to have a UkieWood in Ukraine!”

The filming process is being supervised and co-produced by Mr. Austeen Eboka, a pioneering member of the Nollywood industry. A notable and brilliant actor, director and producer based out of Atlanta, U.S.A. Austeen Eboka, also, is the script editor and features prominently in this film. Mr. Alexis Opara’s goal (the second vice-president of the House of Africa in Ukraine) is to ensure that the movie is extremely appealing and interesting both for the African and the Ukrainian and possibly, even for the foreign audiences. The film is being shot in English but will also be dubbed into Russian and other languages. This project is supported by the Embassy of Nigeria in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria.

"Feathered Dreams" is slated for cinema release before the end of the year in Nigeria, UK, Ukraine/Russia, and the U.S.A.
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