A man who seems to have everything finds himself searching for purpose and sense of self, when a touch of mysticism enters his life.
Adero, a man of Amerindian and African heritage tries to find himself in the world. Having grown up as an orphan from a very young age he has no knowledge of his parentage or place of origin. In the course of trying to find out who he is Adero triggers a series of very vivid, strange and even disturbing dreams that he suspects are cryptic answers to his many questions. When he encounters enigmatic and elderly Amerindian woman he is shocked to recognize her from his dreams but eager to know whether she is the key to him finding out who he truly is.
Run Time: 15:34
Release Year: 2017
Adero, while initiated by the Caribbean Film Project short screenplay competition, takes its inspiration from a number of sources. I’ve been really fortunate to experience others experiencing this film, to hear how they have interpreted the themes and metaphors and to see what aspects of the story they have gravitated to. Some gravitate towards a struggle they feel that they share with the main character, that of being of mixed ethnicity in a country where we often castigate each other – and ourselves – along racial lines in very complex ways. Some empathise deeply with the man who hasn’t shaken off growing up as an orphan, grappling with feeling empty and alone. I’m open to the story having many meanings for people of many different backgrounds, experiences and realities. The film means a lot of different things to me but at the heart of it all it is about getting back to the essence of one’s Self.
For previous movies I have written and directed there is a single event or experience I have had , which I can point to for inspiration. This is not the case for Adero. From early childhood to present day I’ve always been very receptive to stories involving mythology, mysticism and science fiction, whether in the pages of books or on the big or small screen. My most indelible memories of this are reading Susan Cooper novels as a child; having my mind blown by ‘The Ex-Magician from Minhota Tavern’ as an adolescent; watching ‘Twilight Zone’ during the Rod Serling period (the only period that matters, really), and reading every book on Greek mythology I could find in my elementary school and public library. I’ve always had a love for nature in general, and in particular I have found I have an abiding fascination with (and I could even say a “connection” to) the Rupununi savannahs – not just the landscape but the experiences I have had and the stories they tell. One such experience involved an elderly Mocushi woman, who claimed not to be able to speak or understand English. Outside of the fact she wanted to adopt my sister minutes after meeting her, she left a lasting impression on me: a woman with a strong spirit, a motherly quality, and a sense of mischief. (Without being conscious of it, this is the character I had originally envisaged as ‘Wapishana Woman’ in Adero). The last set of ingredients in the stew were very personal: questions were rising up out of me about my career, family life and my place in my community.
At the back of my mind I wanted to produce a feature-length film. This was apparent to the folks at the Caribbean Film Academy who saw the outline I sent with the original script. What we did instead, was pare down the story to its most essential parts in large part due to our restrictions of producing a tight and cohesive short film. The story is better for it. There is still a much larger story to be told.
WRITER/DIRECTOR– KOJO MCPHERSON
Kojo McPherson is a Guyanese writer, spoken word artist, photographer and director of radio, stage and short film. Kojo served on the scriptwriting team of popular Guyanese radio serial drama for 4 ½ years – 2 ½ of those years supervising the team as Senior Scriptwriter. He has written, directed and/or edited two short films, ‘Beached’ and ‘To the Night’, both of which have screened at international film festivals. A third short film, ‘Standing’ was recently completed.
Kojo is the proud father of two girls, Kinaya and Mapenzi, with Guyana Prize winning playwright, Mosa Telford.
PRODUCER – ROMOLA LUCAS
Romola Lucas, is a Founder and Executive Director of the Caribbean Film Academy, Inc., a New York not-for-profit, created to support and share the work of Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora. Created in 2012, the organization hosts film screenings in Brooklyn, film festivals in Miami – the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival, and Guyana – the Timehri Film Festival, co-produces films with emerging Caribbean writer-directors through the Caribbean Film Project, and runs a video-on-demand platform for Caribbean films, Studio Anansi Tv.
Romola, is an attorney, and fellow in the New York Foundation for the Arts’, Arts Business Incubator.
LAUREX ATHERLEY – “Adero” CLAUDINE ATKINSON – “Ole Woman”
Randolph Critchlow – ERROL
Paton Rose – MR. RICE
Trion Bowen – NURSE
THE CARIBBEAN FILM ACADEMY, INC.
Director of Photography
P & P Insurance Brokers & Consultants Ltd.
Ajay Baksh (Perception Inc.)
Chris Anderson Jones
Office of the Prime Minister of Guyana
Farfan & Mendes
Ministry of Health and Human Services – Guyana
“Adero,” is the first film produced as a part of the 2015 Caribbean Film Project. The second is, “Oseyi and the Masqueraders.”
The Caribbean Film Project, is a scriptwriting competition. To be eligible, writers had to be from one of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, underrepresented in the current surge in Caribbean filmmaking – Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The winning writer from each country was paired with a writing coach to make the script production ready, then participate in a directing workshop, before the story is turned into a film.