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DIRECTOR/ WRITER STATEMENT

-Lamont Pounds

As the writer and Co-director of "If the Soil Could Talk; A Behlo Story Part One," this project represents a deeply personal journey for me. Writing this film has led me to profound self-love and self-discovery, igniting a passion for history. My studies on the African diaspora have been both healing and enlightening, inspiring me to write stories showcasing the beauty of African heritage.

In crafting this narrative, I aimed to explore the struggles faced by young African/Black boys like Okoro, caught between societal expectations and personal insecurities shaped by patriarchal pressures. Okoro's journey reflects a collective quest for self-worth. Through his eyes, we witness the balance between the enchanting beauty of his world and the underlying terror that shapes it.

I am fascinated by the interplay of beauty and terror within narratives—I believe it to be the ultimate metaphor for life. Visually, I wanted to create a mosaic that is both vibrant and haunting, capturing the duality of Okoro's experiences. By incorporating intricate wooly hairstyle designs, traditional costumes, and elaborate African-inspired architecture and locations, we bring the mystical land of Behlo to life. The uncanny Komian-Ka wood, Kolwezi caves, and supernatural elements evoke a sense of dread and wonder, enhancing the story's mystical allure.

My inspiration for this film comes from learning about African history, mythology, folklore, and the oral traditions passed down through generations. The Sankofa bird, a central symbol in the story, embodies the idea of retrieving important information from the past and bringing it forward to improve our future. This concept resonates deeply with me and guides my approach to storytelling.

One of the biggest challenges we faced was ensuring the authenticity of cultural elements while allowing ourselves the freedom to create something new. Through the series, we aimed to pay homage to our sources of inspiration and execute with artistic excellence, creating a rich narrative that resonates with the entire African diaspora.

The relationship between Black cultures and anime is symbiotic. Anime offers solace and an escape for many Black fans, resonating deeply with its characters and themes. Due to a lack of representation, Black anime fans often identify with non-Black characters. A story like this provides a space where they can see themselves, recognized as beautiful and worthy. I hope this film will offer a sense of belonging and representation, allowing audiences to see the beauty and value in their own identities and narratives.

Ultimately, I hope "If the Soil Could Talk" inspires audiences to reflect on their own journeys of self-discovery and the societal constructs that shape our identities. By embracing both beauty and terror, we can find solace and love in our true selves and honor the treasures of our heritage.

"IF THE SOIL COULD TALK"

A BEHLO STORY.

THE MESSAGE

RATING 

TV14

The core message of the film is the exploration of self-worth beyond societal expectations and the realization that true value lies within oneself. It challenges the patriarchal notion that a man's worth is determined solely by wealth, heroic conquests, and physical accomplishments. Through Okoro's journey, the film underscores the importance of inner strength, self-acceptance, and the wisdom found in embracing one's heritage and personal experiences.

EPISODES (PART ONE)

6 (Aproximentally)

The film will feature vibrant and rich visuals to capture the beauty and cultural heritage of the Behlo world. The serene and mystical landscapes will contrast with the darker, eerie moments to emphasize the theme of beauty and terror intertwined. The presence of the Sankofa bird will be a recurring visual motif, symbolizing wisdom and the connection between past and present.

VISUAL STYLE

CONCLUSION

GENRE 

West African Epic Fantasy, Afro-surrealism, Afrocentricity, Action-Adventure, Low Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction.

 "If the Soil Could Talk; A Behlo Story Part One" is a poignant exploration of identity, societal expectations, and the quest for true fulfillment. It weaves together the rich cultural and mystical heritage of the African diaspora with the personal journey of Okoro, delivering a powerful message about the importance of self-worth, self discovery and inner strength.

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