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The African Desperate Nominated for John Cassavetes Award

Film Independent Spirit Awards
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Press Mention

John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $1,000,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.


Writer/Director/Producer: Martine Syms

Writer/Producer: Rocket Caleshu

Producer: Vic Brooks


If this were a reality show, Palace would be the person who is not here to make friends. Palace needs to get home, back to Chicago from upstate New York. But that means surviving a hazy, hilarious and hallucinatory night-long odyssey, stumbling from academic critiques to backseat hookups.

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Main Image: Film still, The African Desperate, 2022. Courtesy of Dominica Inc.


Trailer: The African Desperate, 2022.