Private Project

Changing the Disciple

Born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, Shango Johnson was influenced by gang life at an early age. Becoming a gang leader helped Shango realize that he had to escape if he wanted to have a happy and fullfilling future. After finding his love for yoga and faith, he left his violent past behind to help the youth of Inglewood flourish and to find meaning to his new life.

  • Kamelya Alexan
    Before the Fall
  • Kamelya Alexan
    Before the Fall
  • Gina Marino Kalish
  • Shango Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Manuela Hung
    Handpan Journey
  • Ryan Stemple
    Finding Yingying, Ghosts of War, Disturbing the Peace, The Chi,
  • Ana Christian
    The Chi, Work in Progress, Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story,
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 8, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Kamelya Alexan

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamelya moved to Chicago when she was six-years-old, where she was raised. Kamelya’s passion for film began when she was 15, after writing her first, feature length, script and pitching it to a Hollywood producer. It was after this that Kamelya found her true passion that is Directing and Producing.

She has worked on, and completed, over four-five projects including independent and industry, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercial spots, and feature films. Kamelya was the Vice President of Women In Film Chicago and worked at the Midwest’s largest camera rental house. She also held a board members position at IFP Chicago. Currently she is working as a freelancer on a new Amazon series called "Lightyears"

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