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Africa: The great Civilization Casting Call

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A PBS series about the history of Africa which is being presented and written by Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jnr. 

The documentary is a landmark, 6 part series for PBS called Africa: The great Civilization. The production company is Nutopia(www.nutopia.com) and the animation company is Jellyfish Pictures (www.jellyfishpictures.co.uk)

We need performers to play iconic characters from African history. We will be shooting them on a green-screen and using the footage in stylised, animated sequences. The sequences will be short (10-20 seconds long) and performers will be part of stylised, animated montages. There will be no dialogue, but we are looking for charismatic performers who can emote. We are looking for performers whose heritage is from the same region in Africa as the character they are playing.


CASTING DATE: Friday 23 September 11AM -8PM 

CASTING VENUE: Nutopia, Kirkman House, 12-14 Whitfield St, London W1T 2RF

FEE: 150.00 for half a day shoot. 


REPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: Full name, headshot, country of origin and estimated time of arrival.

ROLES REQUIRED FOR THE CASTING ARE BELOW...

SHAKA

Country: South Africa, Zululand
Region and Ethnicity: This person would be a black South African, ethnically Zulu (an ethnic group in South Africa who speak Zulu and are generally from the south eastern province of South Africa called KwaZulu-Natal).
Description: Physically strong
Sex: Male
Age range: 20s

TIPPU TIP

Country: Zanzibar
Region and Ethnicity: This person should be ethnically Swahili from the east coast of Africa. Swahili is a widely spoken language in Kenya and Tanzania, but the ethnic Swahili are from the coastal strip of these countries which includes a number of islands, including Zanzibar, and people from along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coast too.
Description: A beard if possible (not essential).
Sex: Male
Age Range: 50s and 60s

MENELIK II

Country: Ethiopia
Ethnicity: This person should be Ethiopian, specifically from northern and central Ethiopia from regions like Shewa or Tigray.
Description: beard if possible
Sex: Male

Age Range: Early 50s

IBN BATTUTA

Country: Morocco
Ethnicity and Bio: Battuta was a Moroccan explorer from the 14th century who travelled all over the Muslim world and wrote a definitive guide we still use for historical research today. 
Sex: Male
Age Range: 20s upwards

PERSON OF GREAT ZIMBABWE

Country: Zimbabwe
Ethnicity: This person should be Zimbabwean and ethnically a Shona speaker (which the majority of Zimbabweans are).
Gender: A woman as well as a man
Sex: Male & Female
Age Range: 20s and 30s

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EWUARE – the Oba of Benin

Country: Nigeria
Ethnicity: This person should be of Nigerian decent, preferably Edo speaking – Edo is also a region where this language is spoken in south central Nigeria. Other people from surrounding regions might be good too.
Sex: Male
Age Range: 20s and 30s

SULTAN AL HASAN IBN SULAIMAN

Country: Tanzania
Ethnicity: This person should be a Swahili speaking and ethically Swahili person probably from Zanzibar or the coast of Tanzania.
Description: A Swahili person, but possibly more of a mix between Persian and African.

Age Range: No specific age, but early 40s

EZANA

Country: Ethiopia
Ethnicity and bio: Ezana is an Axumite king from around 300 – 400 BC. Axum is a city in the north of Ethiopia. Ezana was a militaristic king who expanded his empire, while also being the first Ethiopian king to convert to Christianity.
Sex: Male
Age range: 20s and 30s

TARIQ

Country: Morocco
Ethnicity and bio: Tariq was a Berber from the north East of Africa, probably in what is today Morocco. It would be good to have someone from Morocco of Berber heritage, ideally. Tariq was a Muslim Berber general who led an army of Arabs and Berbers into Southern Spain in the 8th century, conquering large part of Spain and establishing a Muslim empire there.
Sex: Male
Age range: 20s and 30s

LALIBELA

Country: Ethiopia
Ethnicity and bio: Lalibela was a king of Ethiopia, who built 11 incredible churches hewn from the ground. He is also a saint in Ethiopia. He is from northern Ethiopia. 
Sex: Male
Age Range: 40s and 50s

AFONSO

Country: Angola
Afonso was a king of the Kingdom of Kongo (a large kingdom near the Atlantic, just south of the River Congo) in present day Angola. We would be looking for someone from Northern Angola. Afonso dealt with the Portuguese in the 1500s, converted to Christianity and took it very seriously, transforming his kingdom into a Christian country.
Age Range: 30s

NJINGA

Country: Angola
Ethnicity and bio: Njinga was a queen of Ndondo and Matamba in modern day Angola. She was a strong ruler who fought off the Portuguese and became a symbol of resistance in Angola until today.
Sex: Female
Age range: 20s and 30s

USMAN DAN FODIO

Country: Nigeria (northern Nigeria)
Ethnicity and bio: Dan Fodio was Fulani, an ethnic group found across northern Nigeria. He was a religious teacher who founded an empire across the Muslim parts of northern Nigeria and Niger based around a more rigorous interpretation of Islam.
Sex: Male
Age Range: 40s and 50s

SCORPION KING (early ruler of pre-dynastic Egypt)

Country: Egypt/Sudan
The Scorpion King is a legendary early ruler of pre-dynastic Egypt/Sudan. A powerful figure, his tomb is in Abydos which is in southern Egypt – but ethnically it is difficult to say what he would have looked like. More likely to have been like someone from northern Sudan than Egypt though.
Sex: Male
Age range: 20s

KERMA PERSON

Country: Sudan
Generic character – possibly a woman. This person would have lived in the ancient Sudanese city of Kerma which is in northern modern Sudan.
Sex: Female
Age range: 20's upwards

TAHARQA

Country: Sudan
Ethnicity and Bio: Taharqa was descended from people in the middle of Sudan around Napata (present day Karima in northern Sudan). His father was a Nubian (Sudan) who conquered Egypt and he ruled as an Egyptian Pharaoh.
Sex: Male
Age range: 20s and 30s

QUEEN AMURENSIS

Country: Sudan
Ethnicity and bio: Amurensis was a queen of Meroe (near Khartoum in modern day Sudan). She was a strong ruler who, according to legend, had only one eye, and defied the Roman Empire to keep Meroe independent. 
Sex: Female
Age Range: 30s and 40s

IBN YASIN

Country: Morocco
Ethnicity and Bio: Yasin was a member of a Berber group in Southern Morocco. He was a religious teacher who founded a dynasty in Morocco based on a more rigorous form of Islam.
Sex: Male
Age Range: 20's upwards

OBALUFON

Country: Nigeria
Ethnicity and Bio: Obalufon is a legendary king of Ife and patron of the arts who some say is depicted in the above mask. He would have been of the Yoruba ethnic group, which is mostly in Nigeria. Ife is an ancient city in southern Nigeria.
Sex: Male
Age Range: 20s and 30s

MANSA MUSA

Country: Mali
Ethnicity and bio: Mansa Musa was an Islamic emperor of Mali in the 14th century, one of the richest people in the world, he had more gold than he knew what to do with. A pious man, on his pilgrimage to Mecca he distributed gold along the route.
Sex: Male
Age Range: Older: 50s

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