Mozambican filmmakers Mickey Fonseca and Pipas Forjaz have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce their first feature film, “RESGATE” (which translate as “RANSOM”). Set up on Indiegogo, a tool still mostly unknown in the southern-African country, their goal is to raise $150K over the next 38 days.
The film tells the story of Bruno, a young ex-con looking for redemption who suddenly sees himself embroiled in a web of kidnaps, a form of crime which Mozambicans have seen rising dramatically in recent years. The story is set in Maputo, the bustling Mozambican capital, but is a universal one.
Synopsis: After 4 years in Maputo ́s notorious central prison for car theft, Bruno (34) is finally a free man and wants nothing to do with his old gang. He opens a small mechanic workshop with the help of his devout girlfriend, Mia (28). Life seems to be getting back on track for the couple, when he’s surprised by a bank summons referring to a mysterious loan his late mother took. If he doesn’t pay $30k, the bank will foreclose on his inherited house. Broke but determined to keep the house and his mother’s dignity, he sees no choice but to do a few odd jobs with his old gang. He soon finds himself embroiled in a web of violent kidnaps mostly benefiting the gang’s ruthless new boss. Feeling used by him and pressured to pay the bank loan, Bruno comes up with a master plan that shakes the criminal organization and puts his relationship with Mia and his life at risk.
Fonseca will direct from a screenplay he also wrote, while Forjaz will serve as the director of photography and editor. Both are also co-producers of “RESGATE” via their 6-year-old local production company, Mahla Filmes (mahlafilmes.com).
Over the past four years, the filmmakers say that they have saved around $40K working on TV commercials, music and institutional videos. They have also invested in buying 90% of the equipment they need for the film – from a modern RED Weapon camera, to tracking vehicles. But it’s still not enough to make the film they envision.
If the campaign is successful Fonseca and Forjaz hope to help open new paths for Mozambican and African filmmakers and, through their experience, inspire young filmmakers around the world to not give up on their dream of making films.
They put together a sales trailer and a pitch by the director, hoping to share their vision for the film with audiences worldwide and garner support for its production.
Watch both below, followed by the project’s Indiegogo widget. And then head over to its campaign page where there’s a lot more information about the film and the team behind it: