The Last Gatekeeper
The Last Gatekeeper is a three-act, extended-reality-enhanced, Afro-futurist, musical inspired by the teachings of West African shaman and scholar Malidoma Patrice Somé. The term Gatekeeper refers to the indigenous belief that those who express themselves as same-gender-loving (SGL)/Queer maintain the portals between the physical and spiritual worlds. They are guardians who restore balance and harmony when there is a crisis in the community.
The story is set in a dystopian future where the world is being destroyed and controlled by a totalitarian government. A young black mother holds the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy in her womb; a Gatekeeper who will lead the very last revolution and restore balance to the world.
The story begins with Nandi, a second-generation West African woman who has a child with her lover Michael; the leader of the Resistance. Michael is captured by the Administration, leaving Nandi to raise her child Soku with her mother Adisa. Nandi suspects that her sensitive, spiritually gifted and inquisitive son Soku, is SGL or Queer. To maintain Soku’s safety, Nandi tries to keep him from embracing his true nature, while his grandmother Adisa, a witch trained in the traditions of her people, counters this by teaching him the ways of the ancient Gatekeepers, connecting him to his purpose, his ancestor spirits, and helping him develop his spiritual gifts.
The Last Gatekeeper merges imaginative extended-reality elements and technical wonders, with an expansive otherworldly story that gives the audience a singular, transformative experience. The Last Gatekeeper reflects the magic and mystery of the metaphysical while pushing creative boundaries and will act as a mirror for SGL/Queer community, showing them their relevance, beautify, power, and magic.