https://www.bittermedicineblogs.com – On today’s show we have a discussion with filmmaker Gunnar Dessources, concerning the process of making a film, telling Black-centric stories, and what it was like filming his directorial film debut “The Raging Elephant”.
The Raging Elephant Synopsis:
Jean Negus Peralte and Nehunda Winnie Kandake are a typical African-American, loving couple, who live in and love NYC. They enjoy every facet of NYC without, however, really paying attentions to the ugly side of Brooklyn. That all changes one day at a house party they attend; when neighbors called 911 due to loud hip-hop music. Two rogue police officers enter the home and immediately became confrontational with the partygoers. The officers aggressively manhandle a young lady, and Nehunda tries to defuse the situation, only to be brutally accosted herself. When her lover, Jean, tries to intervene, he was assaulted and arrested.
Ultimately, the corrupt judicial system allows Jean’s abusers to go free and now they want revenge. For the gross injustice, Jean wants revenge too. By any means necessary, Jean Negus will get his vengeance!!
About the Director:
“The Raging Elephant” is the directorial debut of Gunnar Dessources. Gunnar hails from Port-au Prince, Haiti. He came to the U.S. in 1991, where he was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Midwood High school and later double-majored in Psychology and Film Studies at Brooklyn College, earning a degree in 2003. Ten years later, in 2013, Gunnar returned to college, earning a Film Production degree. Currently, Gunnar is enrolled in an M.F.A program at Saint Francis College.
Mr. Dessources aims to produce culturally relevant literature and films. As a Caribbean native, hailing from the island of Haiti, and now living in the diaspora within the U.S., Gunnar noticed that his culture is noticeably absent in the educational curriculum and cinematic sector.
As a firm believer an Sankofa, a West African Adinkra symbol represented by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its own back; meant to symbolize retrieving what was taken from us or what you has been lost and to bring it back and preserve it, Gunnar wants to resurrect the love stories of Ogoun and Yemaya; the war between Set and Ausar of Kemet; the cunning ways Of Koikou; Anansi the spider; the adventures of the mischievous Ti Malice and Bouki in the Haitian folklore; and the riddles and the proverbs of old. Gunnar wants to bring forth and amalgamate these things into our present daily lives, in order to secure and protect the future.
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