Producer/Director: Damon Diddit, Natural Langdon
Cast: Assibey Blake, Tayibah Clay, Lymiek Chambers, Ebony Ross, Khalil Maasi
Runtime: 94 min
Imagine a place where life is held with little regard, where dreams die young and innocence is forever lost, where drugs are accessible like corner store candy and kids are forced to grow up way before their time. A place where a typical exit sign can be a symbol for hope and freedom.
This is a neighborhood portrayed as a microcosmic reflection of life buried deep in the belly of the beast. Bullets over Brownsville is a cautionary tale that chronicles the lives of four Brooklyn housing project residents caught in an absurd web of violence threaded into a narrative that marries fiction and reality.
The story centers around Mark, a common drug hustler who watches from a distance out of his apartment building window in Brownsville Brooklyn, the daily events that takes place in his community.
Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist based in Lagos, is receiving global recognition due to his phenomenal artwork. Describing his style as hyperrealistic, Olamilekan began drawing at the tender age of six. By eight years old, he became a professional, making him the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.
To succeed at hyperrealism, extreme patience is required. While drawing, Olamilekan precisely captures even the most minuscule details in order to bring his works to life. “I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too,” he told DD News, adding that those who lack patience will not achieve hyperrealism.
Olamilekan’s typical subject matter includes drawing from everyday life in Lagos, his personal experiences, and family. However, similar to all great artists, his work has a more profound meaning than what initially meets the eye. Take “Daily Bread,” for example. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family,” Olamilekan explains. “The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”
The child prodigy began receiving worldwide attention after recently meeting with the French president, Emmaneul Macron, who was deeply moved by his work. At only 11 years old, this is only the beginning of Olamilekan’s accomplishments. His art teacher, Adeniyi Adewole, believes that he is one of the most gifted of his students, saying, “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater.”READ MORE........