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Ekaj (2015)

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'Think KIDS meets Midnight Cowboy.' EKAJ is a film packed with real life drama and a real sense of humor. The film capture's a naive teen's runaway journey to one of the most difficult ... See full summary »

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Cati Gonzalez

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Cati Gonzalez
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11 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jake Mestre Jake Mestre ... Ekaj
Scooter LaForge Scooter LaForge ... Johnny
Badd Idea Badd Idea ... Mecca
Vinny Cruz Vinny Cruz ... Father of Ekaj
Mario Piantini Mario Piantini ... Client #1
Carlos Anaya Carlos Anaya ... Client #2
Prince Franco Prince Franco ... Thug #1
Joey Lopez Joey Lopez ... Thug #2
Johnny King Johnny King ... Thug #3
Maximillian France Maximillian France ... Mecca's Friend
William Lynn William Lynn ... Club DJ #1
Nita Aviance Nita Aviance ... Club DJ #2
Clifton Brown Jr. Clifton Brown Jr. ... Extra
Gage Of The Boone Gage Of The Boone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cati Gonzalez Cati Gonzalez ... Jake Mestre / Badd Idea / Scooter LaForge / Vinny Cruz
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'Think KIDS meets Midnight Cowboy.' EKAJ is a film packed with real life drama and a real sense of humor. The film capture's a naive teen's runaway journey to one of the most difficult city's to survive in, New York City. We feel Ekaj (Jake Mestre) as he goes through so much rude awakenings. He meets "Mecca" (Badd Idea) a Cynic Artist/Hustler who takes Ekaj under his care. Mecca is a very funny, foul mouthed character and has multiple problems of his own. He stays at his cousins place and we get glimpses of the fact that he has Aids, since he has tattoos with the word written on his knees. He drinks all day and still manages to be sane and sharp. He is also an opportunistic thief. Their relationship develops into true love and care for each other. At the beginning of the film Mecca is doing ok but as the film progresses he becomes sicker and his medication does not really seem to be working for him. At the same time we see Ekaj becoming stronger and less vulnerable. Ekaj lives for the...

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A gritty and truthful portrait of a young man searching for purpose and love.

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Crime | Drama

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The entire cast in the Film are all non-actors. The director's vision was to make it as real-to-life as possible. See more »

Quotes

Ekaj: People don't understand that the bad times you go through only make you stronger...
Ekaj: They can create a different person but it definitely makes you stronger.
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Puovoir Assasin
Produced by 'Schnod Beatz'
Courtesy of "Schnod Beatz'
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A Sweet Film That Proves to Be Teflon-Tough
4 December 2016 | by seanblack1See all my reviews

EKAJ is a bold and brilliant work that endeavors to provoke compassion and generate thoughtful dialogue around the growing problem of addiction and HIV infection among our current generation of LGBT homeless youth. As an editor for A&U America's AIDS Magazine I see and review a number of these types of films dealing with specifically with this issue. I myself live with HIV and have experienced several of the dilemmas of the films protagonists. Of note this film takes a refreshingly honest approach without any preachy, finger- wagging to its aim of engaging its at-risk audiences. Its talented, caring, creators are deeply committed to quelling this dilemma in a positive and affirming way. Congratulations to the makers Cati and Michael on all of the well-deserved notoriety on the International Independent Film Circuit for this quality piece of cinematic art.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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