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DoDo TiTi Official Selection for the 2016 Ocktober Film Festival

 

(New York, NY – September 21, 2016)DoDo TiTi, award-winning short film about the challenges of cultural integration that immigrants face in contemporary America, has been officially selected for the Ocktober Film Festival in New York City. It will be featured at Symphony Space on Saturday October 8. DoDo TiTi is the story of a Caribbean nanny who faces many painful trials in adjusting to the lifestyle of her American bosses.

 

DoDo TiTi was an official selection for the People’s Film Festival (New York), the Bronzelens Film Festival (Atlanta), and the Newark International Film Festival. It has also been selected for the Indie Wise Virtual Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Writer/director/actor Nadhege Ptah won best actress for the film at the People’s Film Festival and Rene Alberta was nominated for best director at the Newark International Film Festival.

 

“DoDo TiTi provides the unique, and common, perspective of a foreign individual adapting to American customs while trying to preserve some of her own cultural inheritance,” says Ptah. “This short film highlights the lack of tolerance, struggles to overcome cultural indifferences, and historical clashes that unfold in America every single day.”

 

Ptah, writer, producer, director and actor for film, stage, and TV, is the founder of MAAT Films, a Harlem-based production company. Ptah hopes to utilize MAAT’s widespread cinematic reach for inspiring provocative and constructive social thought. Her work attempts to shed light on social injustices while igniting change in many American communities.

 

Backstage, Harlem Times, and Off-Off Broadway Reviews have acknowledged Ptah’s performances and writing skills.  She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Black Documentary Collective, Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, and NYWIFT.

 

Commenting on the story Ptah says: “DoDo TiTi’s central struggle unfolds when the Caribbean nanny engages in some of her cultural traditions in her boss’s home. The ritual of brewing bush tea, among other activities, conflicts with the lives of the American family. But she works past the face of ignorance to show her boss how valuable, intelligent, and crucial she is to their lives.” One of the most painful things the nanny endures is competing with the family’s dog for respect. Confronted with having to move into the guesthouse during a storm, the prospect of her new living arrangements forces her to confront her fear of isolation and alienation. In an unexpected twist in the story, she ultimately wins the attention and empathy of her bosses, as she becomes the very thing they value most.

 

Dodo Titi has received attention from several media outlets including Di Riddim Sweet on CIN TV in New York City, Kreyolicious, the New Republic, and New York City Lens.

 

For more information on DoDo TiTi, visit: https://dodotiti.com/

 

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