THE REMNANT

A MUSICAL FILM BY KARMIA CHAN OLUTADE

An indie musical film by Karmia Chan Olutade | A clan of orphaned child laborers in a drought stricken world fight to escape a toxic factory and redefine home in this musical parable.

 

A clan of orphaned child laborers in a drought stricken world fight to escape a toxic factory and redefine home in this musical parable.

THE REMNANT is an indie musical film, a political parable and a community-based, socially conscious, multinational labour of love. Award-winning Chinese Canadian director, writer and musician Karmia Chan Olutade originally wrote the stage iteration of this theatrical production for her middle and high school students, as an effort to explore the emotional consequences of environmental destruction and the loss of home, but the response from their sold-out run in Beijing lead Olutade to adapt the musical into a cinematic experience.

 

 

The film features 18 original musical numbers written by Karmia Olutade and produced by Colorado-based music producer and recording artist Dave Wilton (A Boy and His Kite, Loud Harp). With a passionate Sino-American production team, the low-budget indie was made over sixteen days of shooting near Nandaihe, Hebei Province, in July of 2015.

By principle, all materials used for the set, props and costumes were recycled materials. Locations for the film were also reclaimed spaces and abandoned sites to further reduce the film's carbon footprint. 

The young cast of more than twenty young people representing eight different nationalities, were aged between 8 and 18. All of them are non-professional, first-time actors.