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Nakom (2016)

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Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student must return to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival.

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Isaac Adakudugu (dialogue), T.W. Pittman | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jacob Ayanaba Jacob Ayanaba ... Iddrisu Awinzor
Grace Ayariga Grace Ayariga ... Damata
Justina Kulidu Justina Kulidu ... Senior Mother
Shetu Musah Shetu Musah ... Junior Mother
Abdul Aziz Abdul Aziz ... Kamal
Esther Issaka Esther Issaka ... Fatima
James Azure James Azure ... Chief of Nakom
Thomas Kulidu Thomas Kulidu ... Napoleon
Monica Ayobi Monica Ayobi ... Grandmother
Sumaila Issah Sumaila Issah ... Hassan
Dinah Assan Dinah Assan ... Nana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felicia Atampuri Felicia Atampuri ... Comfort
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Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student must return to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival.

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Ghana | USA

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English

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3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Rasquache Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Chief of Nakom: My grandmother died in the harmattan, and the harvest was lean that year. But we had to make a funeral and we had to feed our guests. So it was decided we would slaughter one of our dogs. The dogs were called "Praise God" and "They are also in your house". My father liked to joke. And he also liked the dogs... but when times are difficult things like that often happen. So my father took one dog into the courtyard and cut its throat. And as it was suffering on the ground, the other heard its ...
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Stark Realism in Ghana
23 April 2018 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Iddrisu (Jacob Ayanaba) is an aspiring medical student in Ghana. When his father is suddenly killed in a motorcycle accident, Iddrisu is asked to return to the poor rural village of Nakom where he was raised and where the remainder of his family lives.

The Chief of the village will urge Iddrisu to suspend his studies and stay to help his family with the upcoming harvest, especially since his father left an unpaid debt to his uncle, whereby under the traditions of the community his uncle could take over the household including taking Iddrisu's mother as his new wife.

It will not be easy, as Iddrisu will have to contend with a slackard brother, the interpersonal conflicts of the family, and the expressions of frustration from the female relatives who also want to improve their education and status in life.

This is mostly a low-key deliberately paced movie that was quite interesting and educational to me, as I saw the rather fascinating local customs and traditions of Nakom. The sense of realism was stark, and that would make sense since I read most of the cast were locals and non-actors.

All in all, I found this film engaging, as I was able to learn new things and get the old brain cells working. To be honest, I understood the ending but I felt it was too abrupt and kind of unexpected after all that had preceded it.

One final note: I found the subtitles to be quite small so I had to view pretty much the entire movie in the zoom mode.


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