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Africa, we are the protector of the Gods

27 Feb

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Most of our history dictates the journeys of men, with limited​​ documentation of the ​female-led​ warriors and heroine stories. The last decade we have seen a positive shift in the female narrative and as we are rightfully claiming our spaces in all aspects of life as we also need to hounor those who came before us. As my three passions in life are women, Africa, and the arts, I was really intrigued by​ this exciting project, “Protector of the Gods”.

“Protector of the Gods” is an afro-futuristic take on three of ancient Egypt’s most sought after queens Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra. The story of each queen will be documented in each film respectively. This historical project will be directed by the creator, Kameko Tarnez.

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Kameko Tarnez is an American world musician, soul singer, writer, director, and feature film, producer. He has collaborated with many icons such as Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Grace Jones, Rita Marley, Vanessa Williams and more. Kameko is also the owner of Archrok Entertainment, a full-fledged Artist Management / Production House. The company was formed by Kameko and a group of global investors interested in supporting the arts. They offer full start to finish production of television, film, commercials, music videos, photography, and music production.

I spoke to Kameko on his journey of writing and directing this epic trilogy.

You started the journey of writing this approximately six years ago, why was it so important to you?

I wrote “Protector of the Gods” because the stories of Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra have always resonated with me and I felt it was important to write about these historical women from an African perspective. 
 
Where did the idea come from?
I was raised by strong black women and I feel that Hollywood’s depiction of women of colour​, in general,  has been very limited. Therefore, I wanted to contribute to broadening the scope. I also felt it was important for moviegoers to see the rich culture of Africa, not just through the lens of slavery.  
 
Give us a break down of what to expect in each trilogy.
“Protector of the Gods” is an afro-futuristic sword and sorcery trilogy set in ancient Kemet. The trilogy follows the lives of 3 of the kingdom’s most powerful female pharaohs (Hatshepsut Vol. 1, Nefertiti Vol. 2, and Cleopatra Vol. 3) while they fight to preserve the royal bloodline, and protect the principles of the gods they praise.  
 
Where was it filmed and how long was the process?
We started filming Hatshepsut vol. 1 in 2018 in the U.S. and will continue filming Summer 2019 in S.A. 
 
Have you cast any African talent?
Yes, we have cast some African talent, and are now planning to do more castings in SA before we continue filming. I am proud ​to share that our mutual friend​ Thokozani Ndaba is part of the South African cast.

 
Can you reveal any big names attached to the project?
At this time, we are not revealing any of the A-list names that have attached themselves to the project. However, I can share that the actress Rhonda Ross (daughter to music icon Diana Ross and entertainment mogul Berry Gordy) is not only one of the film’s producers, but she will star in the film as Goddess Ma’at. In addition, the film will star the actress YahZarah as Goddess Sekhmet. She is best known for her work with Lenny Kravitz and collaborations with Erykah Badu.
 


As the writer and director, please share some of the dynamic moments that occurred whilst working o the project.
Since we are still filming, my memories are constantly growing. However, thus far, my most rewarding moment has been seeing the costume concept art presented by my creative collaborator Phillip Boutte Jr.  
 
When will it be released in cinemas?
The film will be released in Summer 2020. 
 
The executive producer of the production is Hill Harper and this is what he had to say:
“Protector of the Gods” is an epic and magical story that we have yet to see envisioned nor attempted by a Hollywood studio. I am honoured​ and excited to be co-executive producer of this amazing film and help bring it to audiences across the globe. I think it is essential that moviegoers understand and watch historically accurate depictions of African history, from more than simply a slave narrative. Now more than ever, audiences are hungry for stories such as these told without bias. I am excited to be a part of bringing it to millions around the world!