- Feb. 19, 2013 -
tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian struggling to balance the expectations of his traditional Nigerian parents and the larger world around him. After his parents are killed in a tragic car crash, Chukwuma is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age.
After two years the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.
Producer Chinonye Chukwu
shared with us that “It [AlaskaLand] was inspired by real-life emotions, and things that I've observed, things that I've heard about, but very few events in the film are things that I've experienced...”
“Part of Chukwuma's conflict is that he's trying to appease some of his black American male friends, trying to live up to the image of being a black-American male. And even for myself as a child, and even into high school, it wasn't cool for my mother to show up at school wearing traditional Nigerian attire and bringing me Joll of rice, you know? I just wanted burger and fries.”Chinonye Chukwu
has screened her film “AlaskaLand”
at Chicago, Montreal, Trenton and Martha’s Vineyard film festivals.
Cary Floyd, CCO of New World Distribution, states “In the world of independent filmmaking, it is rare to come across a filmmaker that understands all facets of the filmmaking process, Chinonye Chukwu is one of those rare filmmakers. We are excited to be chosen as the distributor that will bring her new great film Alaskaland, to the masses.”About New World Distribution
New World Distribution is a team of film executives, producers, directors, screenwriters, media and marketing professionals with one goal—to provide independent producers of film and television the opportunity to be seen and heard. New World is a full‐service development‐
through‐distribution entertainment company designed to exploit new avenues of financing, uncompromised creative project development, and existing & emerging global distribution platforms to bring high‐quality media content to the widest possible audience. New World is distinguished by its ability to interweave seasoned business fundamentals with the newest evolutions in how content is received and purchased. International markets (particularly the lucrative and fast‐growing Asian & Pacific Rim markets) are not an afterthought, but an important new frontier. The latest innovations in distribution technology (VOD, internet streaming, mobile devices, etc.) are built into the foundation of New World, maximizing existing financial streams and providing a competitive edge against slower, more orthodox entertainment companies. New World Distribution not only distributes film, we are also a creative, independent film and television production company. Located in Los Angeles California, we have produced and developed numerous independent films and television shows.
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