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Home Soon

Set at the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, a weary mother's fears and desires for her mentally distressed son’s future hang in the balance while awaiting his arrival home. HOME SOON examines a family’s collective, and unprocessed trauma, which is often eclipsed by police violence.

HOME SOON is a snapshot of time capturing all that is, and all that was hoped for immediately prior to an all too familiar tragedy faced by many in Black communities across America.

Nina has not seen or heard from her son Troy since the previous evening. His girlfriend Simone pops over for an unexpected visit in an attempt to locate her love who has uncharacteristically “ghosted” her the night before. Our drama depicts a pivotal moment where both women, in an attempt to reroute worry, hash out their differences in how they love Troy in his absence. Their exchange reveals fears, hopes and conflicting desires all left unresolved until his anticipated return home.

  • Maisha Azadi
  • Maisha Azadi
    Zyquil, The Life Unscripted
  • Raquel Scott
  • Darnell Rhea
  • April Barnes
  • Maisha Azadi
  • Logan Slater
    Key Cast
  • Sydney Morgan Curry
    Key Cast
  • Maisha Azadi
    Key Cast
  • Sean B. Simmons
  • Nelson Fuentes Pfeiffer
    Music Composer
  • Junior Pereira
    Director of Photography
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    19 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Maisha Azadi

Maisha Azadi is a proud alumnus of Morgan State University and Metropolitan College of New York holding a B.A. in Communications: Television Production/Theatre and an M.B.A. with a specialization in Media Management.

She was recently selected as an 2021 Arts for LA Innovator for her work with her non-profit organization, Urban Activist Academy, which works to cultivate cultural sensitivity in young actors and writers committed to utilizing film and television media as a platform for social justice.
As an actor, producer and writer, her work has been official selections of the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, Urban Media Makers Film Festival and the MCNY 5th Annual Short Film Festival in New York City.
In 2020, her 5 minute short, Zyquil, was an official selection of the Black Hollywood Entertainment Resource Center's 25th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and the Youth Diversity Festival in Los Angeles.
Maisha was also the recipient of the Honoree of the Year Award from the Student Digital Art and Cinema Committee of New York City for her teen web series, Life Unscripted, in which she is writer/creator. The series, earned the Top Ten Youth Film Audience Award at the 12th Annual Urban-Media Makers Festival in Atlanta, Ga.
In 2019, Maisha launched her production company, Sparrow and Finch Films to further support her storytelling ability. She is a member of both SAGAFTRA and AEA.

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Director Statement

HOME SOON is the screen adaptation of my full-length play, NINA and TROY BOY, and inspired by my own lived experience as a mother raising a young Black man in New York City. This deeply personal story told through fictionalized events captures the emotional internal conflict of encouraging my son to live fully and freely while yet simultaneously preparing him for the harsh reality that there were indeed boundaries to his freedom because he was Black.
I wrote this story as a way to process my own grief, and repressed trauma of witnessing the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice between the years of 2012-2014; and then more recently the deaths of Elijah McClain in 2019 and George Floyd in 2020.I empathized specifically with the mothers affected by these tragedies as we only caught glimpses of their devastation through news coverage and press conferences.
I could not escape the fact that there was a depth and weight to their pain never fully acknowledged or seen.

To this avail, writing this story was a catharsis allowing the ability to process the trauma, tension, and palpable fear I had repressed and a similar unspoken experience for many mothers of Black sons. And this pain is not merely limited to mothers, but to all family and community members deeply affected by young lives tragically cut short. I wrote this story in protest against the growing desensitization of witnessing a repeated offense without the integrity of justice being served. I want the audience to identify with the anxiety and angst that many mothers go through when we read or see headlines about yet another Black man shot by police. I see it as my intrinsic duty as an artist, activist, and mama.