Four8 has released the official trailer and poster for I AM MARY, the highly anticipated third film in their multi-award-winning “I AM” short film series, which will be released on Four8’s Official YouTube Channel on 14 December 2020.
I AM MARY follows in the footsteps of Four8’s previous shorts in the trilogy – I AM JOSEPH and I AM PILATE – which reintroduce biblical characters in timeless settings, expanding on their individual journeys and providing audiences with the opportunity to connect with these human stories.
An emotionally gripping tale for Christmas, at times shocking, at times tender and intimate, I AM MARY follows the arrival of a mysterious stranger at the house of a mother who has fled a hostile regime and is now living in exile with her young son. This dramatic but ultimately uplifting encounter gives her the chance to heal the wounds of a traumatic past and to accept the destiny that she and her son must face – to bring hope to a troubled world.
Continuing with Four8’s commitment to champion emerging Black British and diverse talent behind and in front of the camera, the film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Sheila Nortley (David is Dying, Zion, Victim) and written by Kay Jegede (Lara and The Beat), and features moving performances by Colette Dalal Tchantcho (Domina, The Witcher) as Mary, the mother of Jesus and Raksha Hoost as the woman sent as the messenger of reconciliation.
“I Am Mary is a story centred around the themes of guilt, atonement, and ultimately redemption. I’ve always been fascinated by the complexity of human character – how no one person represents a single trait.” – Kay Jegede
“We wanted to humanise Mary and allow an audience to not only empathise with her but present a Mary who could be relatable enough to learn from. Most of us have experienced heartache or trauma and after a difficult year for all, we wanted to give a message of hope at this poignant and reflective time of year.”– Sheila Nortley
I AM MARY is produced by Four8’s Stephané Alexandre, working alongside an award-winning team, including BAFTA and Emmy award-winning executive producer Matthew Barrett (Horizon, Holocaust: The Revenge Plot, Hiroshima) and Vikki McLachlan and BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Miles Ridgway.
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