Love Island’s finally reached completion, and that can only mean one thing: you’re desperately in need of some new captivating thing to watch. In scrambling across the web to address the question of ‘what?’ we’ve found a little something you’ll want to turn to next… but you’ll have to wait some time before the short film, Alpha & Omega, is made available to you.
Exploring love, identity and faith our new incoming find is brought to life by men & women of colour; Maia Watkins (writer), Chloe Tai (director), Dominique Toussaint (producer) and co-producer Nathan Adabadze boast a short touching drama that places a female Rastafari at its heart. And they plan to produce and direct it all with assistance from a crowdfund campaign.
Set amongst the thriving multicultural epicenter of South London, the crowd-funded movie will follow Imani, a budding Rastafarian artist and health-stall owner, who on learning of her life-changing breast cancer begins to question her faith, relationship with partner Hakeem, and what it really means to be Rasta.
Staying true to the characters it looks to represent, the team behind the movie look to support and collaborate with black businesses along the way, teaming up with African jewellers to ensure the costumes are more on point than they could ever be.
At its core the film tells of a young woman dealing with the realities of a progressive illness, and the difficulties people face telling their loved ones, but also accepting their help to overcome it. 1 in 3 people will know of someone who experiences some form of cancer, and the film aims to open a conversation around health, and the acceptance of support. Inspired by its writer’s loss of an uncle to the illness, it seeks to show the wider public a depiction of Rastas that has never been seen on screen.
You can support the crowdfunding campaign here.