“If only a single person, or just one family, will be affected by this film, it will have been worth doing it,” says Alfie Nze, who, together with Daniele Gaglianone, co-wrote and directed Granma, a 30-minute film that will premiere in August at the Locarno Film Festival.
The protagonist, Jonathan, is a young rapper from Lagos, Nigeria. At the beginning of the film we see him recording a new song when a phone call from a relative informs him that his cousin Momo died while trying to reach Europe. He now faces a long trip in the company of his grandmother to the heart of the country, where Momo’s own grandmother lives, in order to break the sad news to her.
Granma was produced by Gianluca Arcopinto and Horace on behalf of IOM — the International Organization for Migration — and is part of the awareness program Aware Migrants.