Who Am I?
My name is Nicole Sams, and I am an African-American filmmaker studying cinema at St. John’s University. I developed an avid interest in the Diaspora and African heritage and it has changed my life since.
What Is The Subject?
The purpose of this fundraiser is to create funds for a visitation to a particularly interesting place of heritage: Morocco. I have gathered research on Gnawa music for almost four years now. An ancient style with origins in West Africa, this tradition fuses the power of trance with ritual ceremony and song. There is an intimate connection here for me. I discovered recently through an ancestry test that my family bloodline can be tracked back to Ghana.
This further solidified my hunt to fill in the blanks. I realized that West African lineage and culture have left their impact throughout the diaspora. Like Black music in America, Gnawa is the collective memory of a motherland. But how could I truly experience this which I both love and admire, if I have not truly made contact with it? It is time that I embark on the journey myself.
Morocco is the first and most prominent step.
What Is The Mission?
As an African-American filmmaker attempting to connect with her roots, I want to answer the questions ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Where could our origins lie? It fascinated me to learn that Moroccan culture borrows so much from others, and I immediately realized the potential to weave an entirely new story by showing mine.
The budget is $2,500. This trip will be documented by film and through blogging. Your graciously provided donations help with basic needs, equipment acquisition, travel, permits, and living abroad. But help is required to shift from possibility to reality.
Are There Ways You Can Assist Nicole With Her Goal?
There is more than one. The standard, most direct way is via a generous donation. But if this is not within your ability, a simple alternative would be to spread the word! Tell a friend about this project. Share it via social media with a personalized shout-out. Anyone interested can be a potential donor.
Thank you kindly for your future assistance! Should anything require clarification or raise an important question, do not hesitate to message through this website or e-mail [email protected]