In the hybrid documentary Not Rich Yet, Cyprien Kodjo returns to Ivory Coast to visit his father’s grave. His cautious siblings warn him about the villagers’ hostility. Encouraged by his mother, Cyprien goes anyways to their strange village cemetery and pays homage to his father. When bidding farewell to their American brother, Cyprien, his family looks anxious.
“I have always been fascinated by every aspect of filmmaking, from the interaction between creative industries during pre-production, production, and post-production to the audience’s reception of the films. A keen amateur of drama and other film genres, I chose to pursue an education in filmmaking and journalism in order to gain a thorough overview of theory and practice in storytelling. Having built a solid foundation of the media, I’m now aiming to gain more specific practical knowledge of visual storytelling that will allow me to effectively influence the film industry. Therefore, I made ‘Not Rich Yet’ as a poem to my birthplace, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, through immigration and family expectations”, states director Cyprien Kodjo.
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