A Ghanian Medical Student is Caught Between Family Obligations and Ambition in NAKOM, an Independent Spirit/Berlinale Nominee, Arrived on DVD/Digital

Disclaimer; I received this DVD for free in exchange for my review, I have not been compensated in any way, other than the dvd.

Iddrisu (Jacob Ayanaba), a talented medical student reluctantly returns home to the village of Nakom after his father’s death. Iddrisu temporarily assumes responsibility for the impoverished household and farm, inheriting a debt that could destroy the family. Attempting to maintain part of his studies from the confines of a small hut, he struggles to balance tradition and familial duty with the call to follow his own dreams. Check “NAKOM” Trailer on Youtube.

As the new patriarch grapples with tradition and familial duty, he is met with varying shades of contempt by both family and villagers who compare him with his father expecting a resemblance. Iddrisu’s patience and wisdom are tempered by the strange paradox created by his faith in God and desire for control, the latter of which he cannot have so long as he stays in Nakom. As circumstances swell, Iddrisu suddenly begins to realize that no future for him exists in the place where he is needed the most.

A selection of the Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious New Directors/New Films series, Nakom, which also stars, Justina Kulidu, Shetu Mussah, Grace Ayariga, Aziz Abdul, Esther Issaka, Mamudu Asigiri and Thomas Kulidu, is a highly relatable story about traversing the line between family and self-preservation, obligation and ambition.

Type: DVD/Digital (Amazon) Running Time: 90 minutes Genre: World Cinema/Drama Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Audio: Stereo Language: Kusaal with English subtitles

Purchase “NAKOM” from http://corinthfilms.com/nakom-nominated-for-spirit-award/

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