John Berchtold as Isaac and Sammi Rotibi as Nate in The Forbidden Wish
On the eve of Yom Kippur, an Ethiopian born rabbi, “Nate” (Sammi Rotibi, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“), is approached by a troubled young man, “Isaac” man (John Berchtold, “Manhunt“). Isaac tells Nate that he wants to end his life, but before that, he wants Nate to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for him. What transpires will test the limits of faith, compassion, and humanity. Ultimately, Isaac’s life is saved by the rabbi’s counsel and the limitless strength of what it means to be a part of a loving community.
The creator of this film, Michael Carnick is known for his work covering disability awareness, equality in race and LGBTQ+ matters. Carnick received the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award in 2005 while attending UCSD Theatre and Dance before the rest. His work can be seen in Rolling Romance, Study Room and Manny Fantasma among other films.
John Berchtold was seen last month in the Sci-Fi movie A Hard Problem. Berchtold’s career has been a success and has been in television series like Manhunt, Life as a Mermaid and the horror thriller The Look-See. He has also a known social media personality on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
The Nigerian-American actor, Sammi Rotibi made his first appearance in a television film in 1998 with Always Outnumbered. Rotibi has been seen in films like Tears of the Sun, Lord of Wars and Darkest Minds. In the comic universe he is known for his role as General Alajagh in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I had the opportunity to connect with the actors Sammi Rotibi, John Berchtold and director Michael Carnick to talk about The Forbidden Wish. Rotibi and Berchtold shared their experience acting with such long emotional dialogue and being lucky to have good chemistry to bring this story to live. Michael Carnick shared what inspired him to write this story and directing a film that seemed to be a one take.
The Forbidden Wish is available online and VOD