Mamoudou Athie is supposed to play and produce in “Chighali”.
The ‘Black Box’ actor has teamed up with the Vespucci Group for the film, which is set in the Sahara. The project is based in Mauritiana, the North African country from which it comes.
The film is based on an audio story by journalist Sahar Zand and is produced by Vespucci.
The story follows Sidi, who grew up in a nomadic tribe in the Sahara but has no father. He dreams of meeting him, despite the fact that his mother declares that he went to heaven and will not return.
When Sidi finds out that a foreign documentary crew has visited the tribe, he goes in search of the lost footage and his father’s face – a journey that takes him away from the only home he has ever known.
He begins to feel a connection to his father Chighali over distance, time and memory.
Mamoudou got on the project after sending the story to his father, who got emotional when he heard it.
He told Deadline, “I was so moved as soon as I heard this tender and passionate story from my home country that I knew I had to be involved by the middle of listening.”
It is the latest example of a new business model being used to develop projects by the Vespucci Group, a company founded by Daniel Turcan and Johnny Galvin.
The couple work with journalists around the world to develop, create, and uncover new stories that can be used for film, television, and podcasts.
Turcan said, “A turning point for us was when we started speaking to journalists and writers. It wasn’t necessarily about the book that was published, but about the stories that were in their drawers and the scope of theirs Thoughts or half-hearted ideas on their hard drives.
“We said, ‘What if we came to you early and gave you the money to actually write or do this, and you don’t have to go to an editor right away, but we will work with you on the audiovisual (rights) . That ultimately sparked our company. “