Condemn Nation is an independent film in development. The film supposes that we’re a nation of people, with a compulsion to abuse one another. We never learn from the consequences, and we perpetuate the cycle of violence and abuse. We’re so hell-bent, on furthering our agendas, that we don’t notice we are all afflicted by the same sickness. It permeates through every level of our society. From family, to government. From the legal system to the media. Check out this video to see the concept in 90 seconds. If you’d like to read the entire story, you can find the screenplay on the Amazon studio’s page here.
What is Condemn Nation about?
The story analyzes the lives of several fictional people, who were somehow affected by the incident, in Ferguson. One of them is a father, who is wrongly accused of a crime, because of a mishap during the riot. Another is a police captain who can’t control the turbulent forces in his life. One of them is an ex-convict and ex-member of a black liberation group, who struggles to eventually cleanse himself of the sins of his past. One is an aging media mogul, who craves intimacy, but pushes everyone away because she is unable to treat people with kindness. One of them is a rookie police officer, who gets thrown into an extreme situation, and struggles with the reality that there’s no one, in his life, who will support him with the trauma that he’s gone through.
The story uses a selection of fictitious characters and their lives, to analyze the psychology of our culture, in an abstract way. The story does not offer a remedy in conclusion, rather it simply illustrates the thesis of the film, and provokes the audience to consider the paradigm, and hopefully formulate their own remedies. We hope that the film will motivate people to culminate a cure in their individual lives, and their interactions with their peers.
Why did we write the film?
The genesis of Condemn Nation, and our interest in writing and film, can be traced back to 2014 when the United States witnessed a crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, that affected us all, in a meaningful way. At the time, the national debate was a poignant reminder that we, as a nation, have sociological grievances, which have yet to be addressed in a significant way, and may never receive closure or healing. At the time of the national upset, we can recall that there was a polarized national conversation that typically centered around agreeing with, or disagreeing with the reach and authority of police, and the dichotomy of fault, whether the fault lay with the police for overreaching or the population for lack of self-control.
The problem, was that we had difficulty explaining our point of view, because it didn’t fit into the binary frame of the argument. When we would engage in conversation, with peers, we had trouble connecting with people, intellectually, because our point of view did not fall into the dichotomy of “police good” or “police bad”. We realized at the time, that even though we had an an important message, for the rest of the world, that message was too difficult to break through to people.
The summation of our point of view was this: Ferguson wasn’t the sickness, it was a symptom. The same idea could be said about a number of notorious incidents that have happened in recent history. Every time something terrible, and violent happened, we’d fall into the same cycle of lamenting the results of our disease. Yet we, as a society, were seemingly unable to state the nature of our malady. This story attempts to do that. It represents the point of view, that we want to inject into the national conversation.
Join with us.
We’d like you to join with us, on this journey to explore an important issue that faces America. Condemn Nation is an idea that all people can get behind, no matter their background or political bias. Follow us on twitter and share with friends to help our message spread. Let’s walk this road together.