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Mercy’s Blessing

Is there always a choice?

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In a rural village in the heart of Africa a teenage boy has a dream: to raise his younger sister and himself out of poverty. But when a twist of fate shatters his hopes, everything seems lost and he is faced with the ultimate choice.

10 Film Awards Won

Film Festival Official Selection

Montreal World Film Festival 2015 (Montreal, Canada)

Voiceless International Film Festival 2015 (California, USA)

Rahway International Film Festival 2015 (New Jersey, USA)

Katra Film Series 2015 (New York, USA)

Princeton Independent Film Festival 2015 (New Jersey, USA)

Out of Africa International Film Festival 2015 (Nairobi, Kenya)

International Peace & Film Festival 2015 (Florida, USA)

Malawian Film Festival 2015 (Lilongwe, Malawi)

I Imagine Film Festival 2015 (Santa Monica, USA)

International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination 2016 (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Artplay Moscow Film Festival 2016 (Moscow, Russia)

China Women’s film festival 2016 (Beijing, China)

Move Me Productions 2016 (Antwerp, Belgium)

Best Independents International Film Festival 2016 (Karlsruhe, Germany)

Fifda – Festival International Des Films De La Diaspora Africaine 2016 (Paris, France)

International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Berlin 2016 (Berlin, Germany)

All Lights India International Film Festival 2016 (Hyderabad, India)

Ananse Festival de Cine Afro 2016 (Cali, Colombia)

African Diaspora International Film Festival 2016 (New York City, USA)

May Taherzadeh

Director

May Taherzadeh is a multi award-winning independent filmmaker who has directed films in over 15 countries across 6 continents.

May was born in the UK, grew up in southern Africa (Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe), is ethnically Iranian and currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband and their 4 children.

“Art can better awaken such noble sentiments than cold rationalizing, especially among the mass of the people.”   Bahá’í Writings

Cast

BLESSINGS Allick Chavula
MERCY Hazel Roberts
MOTHER Febbie Mzungu
CHIKONDI Liness Banda
BLESSINGS’ TEACHER Mutisunge Mzungu
MERCY’S TEACHER Mutisunge Singini
UNCLE Justin J. Mkandawire
SCHOOL FRIEND Patrick Lipenga

Crew

ASSISTANT PRODUCER Emily M. Bailey
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Sasha Proctor
CAMERA ASSISTANT Lawai Nuesslein
EDITORS Luis Dechtiar
Heinrich L. Nüßlein
SOUND DESIGNER Ivan Mihoci
BOOM OPERATOR Patrick Lipenga
MUSIC Overton Chimombo
Shemu Joyah

Inspire Change

We invite people and organizations to use the film to inspire courage for change in countries around the world.

Initiatives have started in over 10 countries worldwide, using the film “Mercy’s Blessing” as a tool in advancing the discourses about the equality of women and men, human rights, social justice and world citizenship.

The United Nations Joint Programme for Girls Education in Malawi, is using the film “Mercy’s Blessing” to spearhead a nation-wide awareness campaign. The film is being screened in schools and communities around the country.

A red carpet première of the film was held in Lilongwe, Malawi (6 November 2015) to signify the launch of the campaign.

Behind the Scenes

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