“Kam” is a personal journey for creator and co-director Kwamé Berry, the older brother of rap artist Kam Korleone, also known as Sydney Berry. In May of 2016, Sydney was murdered senselessly in an act of gun violence in Columbus, Ohio. One year later, this concept film manifested itself as a hybrid of spoken word poetry, musical, and documentary. The venture of taking a real life event and trauma and exploring it through art proved at times to be challenging for both Kwamé and co-director Stella Isabella. However, proven works such as Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and Susanna Kaysen’s “Girl, Interrupted” confirmed to them that firsthand truth and art can still have a universal reach. Fellow actors and peers, Amber Walden, Nichollette Shorts, Tyshawn Russell and Angela Villaverde star in dramatized scenes that are based on true events from Kwamé and Sydney’s life. Structured in eight sequences, “Kam” is grounded in archival footage and home video, immersing the viewer in Sydney’s energy and raw honesty; as well as personal anecdotes from family and loved ones. Kwamé performs poetry sequences centered on love, grief, anger, and healing. Rarely spoken family history is explored and a clear understanding of Sydney’s life, children, and aspirations are given room to exist in this hypnotic viewing. Furthermore, “Kam” interpolates the 1990’s, New York, the West Indies, the reality of depression and ultimately, love’s strength. “KAM” will receive its World Premiere screening on April 14th, 2018 at Black Web Fest at The National Black Theatre in Harlem, New York.
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