MY ANCESTORS’ SONG

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An award-winning drama short screenplay that tells the poignant story of Nayla Bel, an Algerian-French actress trying to make it in Hollywood while struggling to embrace her heritage.

In a powerful story sprinkled with light humor, Mars reflects on the struggle of integration in a new country while confronting the lack of diversity and stereotypes that exist in the acting industry.

Writing the screenplay provided Mars a channel to explore her roots and reconnect to her own ancestors, as My Ancestors’ Song is a story inspired by Mars’ own true-life experience. Female Filmmakers, particularly female filmmakers of color, are still carving out their territory and their place in the film industry. Mars would be honored to represent her Algerian roots by having the opportunity to direct this film, which is so close to her heart.

The screenplay already garnered a Best Screenplay Award at Bridgeport Film Festival 2022 and multiple accolades: Hollyshorts 2022 Semi-finalist, Screecraft Film Fund 2022 Quarter Finalist, it moved up to the quarter finals at the Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition and even made it to the top Coverfly’s Red List for the month of January 2023!  It makes us really hopeful as we are starting seeking funding for the project.

 

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WRITER

Melissa Mars

STATUS

Development

Date

May 28, 2022

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