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A Rosary and a Diamond Ring

Logline --
Follows two soldiers, Butch and Joe, on their first day home from the war in Vietnam, as they walk the city of San Francisco, before saying goodbye.

Synopsis --
Two soldiers, Butch and Joe, arrive home after two years of combat service in Vietnam. They tell stories over beers, reflecting on the horrors of war, and their innocence lost. Joe gives Butch his prize possession, his mother's rosary necklace. The two friends say goodbye and part ways.
Joe goes home. His mother, Virginia, is ecstatic but also concerned that the child she knew has been forever changed. Joe falls into a twenty-four hour deep sleep. All the terrible things he saw, and did, and the pregnant woman he left behind, pass through him in a long nightmare. When Joe wakes Virginia makes him breakfast. A healing process has began but both mother and son quietly wonder if it will ever find its end.

"There’s humor, pathos and a shred of wistfulness"
"The acting from the three leads is fantastic" Take2IndieReview

  • Nanak Kirpal McCann
    For Maj
  • Nanak Kirpal McCann
    For Maj, Kano
  • Corrin Jade Santa Cruz
  • Byron Thomas
    Key Cast
    Switched At Birth, Rideshare
  • Freddy D Ramsey Jr
    Key Cast
    Where the Water Runs, This is Us
  • Emily Bridges
    Key Cast
    One Night in Miami, Acting the First Six Lessons
  • Chene Lawson
    Key Cast
    All Things Undone, Wednesday
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    22,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Official Selection - Mammoth Int. Film Festival
    Mammoth Lakes
    United States
    March 6, 2023
    US Premier
    Best short Nomination, Best Actor in a short Nomination
  • Toronto Black Film festival
    February 18, 2023
    Canadian Premier
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Ashbury Park, NJ
    United States
    March 25, 2023
  • Austin Lift-Off
    Austin TX
    United States
    April 26, 2023
    Best Short Film winner
  • Bravemaker
    Redwood City CA
    United States
    July 16, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nanak Kirpal McCann

Nanak was raised on a hippie commune in Northern California, and spent his teens in Mexico, living with his Vietnam Veteran father. A Rosary and a Diamond Ring is Nanak's second film. A story about the difficulties of living with PTSD. A subject that is close to Nanak's heart.

Nanak is a Filmmaker and Set Designer, who has worked with Streetlight Films, NBC Moving Parts, and DGK.
Nanak co-wrote the branded content feature film DGK Parental Advisory, which hit #1 on iTunes when it premiered. Nanak wrote the screenplay,KANO, ranked in top 10 in 2020 on The Blacklist website, and was hailed as --
"An incredibly dynamic story that uses the mysterious and unique backdrop of the Philippines to create an aura of compelling drama in which to set this action-packed character based thriller." BLACKLIST ANONYMOUS READER.

A Rosary and a Diamond Ring recently premiered at the MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL, and was nominated for Best short Film, and Best Actor in a short film.

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Director Statement

The film is dedicated to my father, and the other Vietnam veterans I've known throughout my life because of him. I wanted to make a film that gives an honest and compassionate portrayal of PTSD, while also telling a unique story of friendship.