(January 26, 2015 – Toronto, ON) The 2015 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles will screen Toronto actor and filmmaker Dorothy A. Atabong`s short, Sound of Tears in early February. Shot in Toronto, the film is a visually beautiful 15-minute short that has a surprising breadth to the script, telling a much larger and more complicated story worthy of a longer film.
In addition to writing and directing the film, Dorothy Atabong plays the lead, Amina, a woman who finds herself at a crossroads and now must choose between a husband in a forced marriage and her lover. She must choose. There is no in between.
Amina and her family have fled Vancouver to Toronto to escape her estranged lover Josh (played by Canadian actor Edsson Morales) and the stamp of shame from their patriarchal community, but Josh tracks them down and drunk, crashes an engagement party with all eyes watching. Amina’s father, Mr. Saleh (Eugene Paul) invites yet another suitor, a village chief, Omar for dinner, in an attempt to get his wayward daughter off his hands. Omar accepts the proposition. Amina sends Josh a message to meet in secret to say goodbye; but Josh wouldn’t let her go easily, not when she is carrying their unborn child.
That`s a lot of story for a 15-minute film with a cast of 16 players. Executive Produced by Phyllis Brown, Sound of Tears was shot by Toronto-based cinematographer Joel Kim.
Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, Dorothy Atabong was educated in the USA and Canada. Sound of Tears screened in August of 2014 at the Montreal World Film Festival. It will screen in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 7 at 2:00pm; Monday, February 9 at 4:00pm; Saturday, February 14 at 2:35pm; and Monday, February 16 at 9:25pm.
Click here for more about Sound of Tears at the Pan African Film Festival.