Best friends Carmen and Bolude must travel from Spanish-Harlem, NYC to Sydney, Australia, where they have ten days to collect 100 ‘welcomes’ so that Bolude’s traditional Nigerian father will agree to let her marry an Australian.
Based on true events.
From the moment they meet as children, Bolude, the dutiful daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and Carmen, a self-made vigilante mestiza, share an unbreakable sistership. Attempting to define themselves amidst the identity politics of America, light-skinned Carmen acknowledges only her Latina heritage, and Bolude embraces Western values over Nigerian roots. Despite their worlds of loss and repudiation, they find family in each other.
Sure to change everything, is Bolude’s engagement to white, Australian Tommy. Two weeks before the wedding, hoping her bar exam results will soften the blow, Bolude braves telling her traditional father, Akin. Hurt by her deception and disobedience in not choosing a Nigerian man, Akin responds with an ultimatum: he will only give his blessing if she can follow tradition and get 100 Australians from 100 villages to welcome her.
The two women set off on the wrong side of the road to seek welcomes from the various ethnic ‘villages’ of Sydney. In the uproariously challenging light of Australian culture(s), they are forced to come to terms with their ancestry and their diverging paths, ultimately illuminating their way to harmonising multiple cultural identities - within their communities, families and selves.
Genre: Buddy Comedy Written By: Michela Carattini & Bolude Watson Produced By: Yolandi Franken & Michela Carattini Director: Penelope Berkemeier