Lunar Flames Pictures is honored to present Akoma, a dramatic thriller set in an age where women were expected to be seen and not heard, a time when men, women and children were sold for labor. Jane & Abigail rely on their love for one another as they fight for their lives, fight for freedom, and fight for what's right. Akoma, or Akoma Ntoso, is defined as the heart, or linked hearts. From the Akan language of West Africa, Akoma is a symbol of patience, tolerance, understanding and agreement.

 

Winner of WDIV's 2016 Film Challenge Detroit.

 
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A panel of four judges crowned ‘Akoma’ by Alex Gasparetto this year’s winner. Gasparetto and three others have won a trip to the Sundance Film Festival.

Gasparetto’s film followed the romantic but dangerous relationship between a black slave and an affluent young white woman.
— Click On Detroit
 

 

Director's Statement.

 

 When ‘AKOMA’ presented itself as my next project, I immediately felt very scared to take it on. Upon further analysis I thought to myself, “Who was I going to grow to be if I let my fear dictate these types of decisions?” It became one of those take-the-leap moments.

WHEN IT FEELS SCARY TO JUMP, THAT’S EXACTLY WHEN YOU JUMP. OTHERWISE YOU END UP STAYING THE SAME PLACE YOUR WHOLE LIFE. AND THAT I CAN’T DO.”
— Abel Morales, A MOST VILOENT YEAR

 AKOMA quickly became the most ambitious film we’ve set out to make. It has been the best example of what I set out to do: tell challenging stories. During Sundance 2017, I was opened up to the idea that film might be a great way to expand our own capacity for empathy towards one another. I hope this film can reach a broad audience, and establish the idea that a strong heart, full of love, can absolutely drive out hate within our society.

 
 

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