Alhaji (28), an aspiring actor living in Los Angeles, is visited for a weekend by his younger brother, Sheku (25), a lawstudent. Unknown to Alhaji, Sheku has come with a specific intention: to reveal the secret that he will be dropping outof law school and moving to LA to pursue acting, just like his older brother. Over the course of the weekend thebrother’s relationship is tested and tensions rise as they converse about a variety of subjects with differing views andlife philosophies. Alhaji pushes back on Sheku’s newfound dream as the facade of his own life begins to show. Whenbad news leads Alhaji to put himself in a precarious position, Sheku, the younger brother, comes to his aid and is ahero to his normally domineering older brother. Sheku leaves for the weekend and both brothers realize theirrelationship has changed for the better forever.

Over a weekend visit in LosAngeles, two first-generation Sierra Leonean American brothers navigate the changing dynamics of brotherhood after a surprise announcement.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

When I was 9 years old, my mother told me in her thick West African accent, “Be careful how you behave. Your little brother is watching you. You’re his hero.” I remember feeling an immense amount of pressure from that point forward.

Fast forward to about 15 years later, I threw a party at my apartment. As always, my little brother was in attendance. On that particular night, I was heavily intoxicated. A friend of mine had edible brownies, which I had never tried before. Always the life of the party, I took one. My brother urged me to slow down however I felt I wasn’t feeling anything. Like a rookie, I took another. Before I knew it, I was the most intoxicated I had ever been in my life.

I threw up in the middle of the party. My brother took pity on me and took me to my bedroom. As I lay on the floor, vomiting

 

 

in a trash can, my brother began to leave. I remember reaching up to grab him. “Please don’t leave me…” I said. Then — my little brother, the one who I was supposed to set an example for, sat beside me and rubbed my back the entire night. At that moment, my brother was my hero and I knew the dynamic of our relationship was changed forever.

AFRICAN GIANTS is a love letter to brotherhood. A film that we hope captures what it truly means to grow, change, and navigate the shifting relationship dynamics of siblings. My team and I scrappily made this film because we didn’t want to wait for the industry to give us permission to tell our story. I am immensely proud of the result especially given the budget constraints. This film is a thank you to my brother. For pushing me, for inspiring me, for being my hero. I hope the audience will see themselves in these African characters and come along for the journey. Thank you.

-OMAR S. KAMARA