Ghanaian-British author has just made his debut as writer-director through his short film titled PrayThe film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival early August and is a poignant reflection on brotherhood and grief.

Presented by BBC Film in association with Warner Music Entertainment, the short is 19 minutes and 34 seconds. The cast includes the talented David Jonsson, Lamar Waves, and Tara Tijani.

The film synopsis reads:

Traversing grief, hope, first love and home, PRAY is a portrait of brotherhood that looks at what we will do for the people we love, how we find joy in the midst of overwhelming despair, and how community can lift us up.

Watch the trailer below:


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The film is produced by Matimba Kabalika and Amy Wells, co-produced by Morgana Melvin, and executive produced by Claudia Yusef, Ally Gipps, Nikki Sopp, and Kate Shepherd.

Nelson announced his directorial debut on Instagram with the caption:

My directional debut film PRAY premiered @filmfestlocarno last weekend. It was an honour to be around other filmmakers and a part of this renown festival. Pray is a reflection of brotherhood and seeking light in times of grief.

Take a look at some of the stunning stills from the film that Nelson included in his Instagram post!

We are so proud of Nelson for branching into different creative avenues! Congrats on his directorial debut.