Ghanaian Movie On Unrests In Africa
IN THE wake of numerous upheavals sweeping across the world, an award-winning new Ghanaian movie, 'Somewhere In Africa' , retells the story of how some African regimes have been maltreating its citizenries.
In the last few months, the African continent has recorded a number of uprisings in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Ivory Coast, and an ongoing conflict in Libya, which has claimed hundreds of human lives.
The new Ghanaian movie couldn't have come at a better time despite reports that it only coincided with the upsurge in the unrests. It was shot sometime in October last year in locations outside Accra, and is expected in the cinemas this year.
Directed by Frank Rajah and produced by Heroes production in collaboration with Raj Films, it stars Majid Michel as a dictator.
Other award-winning actors in the movie include David Dontoh, Kofi Adjorlolo, Rev. Eddie Kofi, Roselyn Ngissah, Martha Akomah, Amanorbea Dodoo, Eddie Nartey and a tall list of others.
'Somewhere In Africa' follows in the traditions of award-winning and freedom crusading movies such as ' Hotel Rwanda' (2004), 'The Last King of Scotland' and ' Sarafina' (1992), among others, which were based on real events in Africa.
' Hotel Rwanda' is about genocide events in 1994 in Rwanda while 'Sarafina' is centred on riots during South Africa's apartheid era when students opposed the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools.
'The Last King of Scotland' is also about the dictatorship rule of Idi Amin in Uganda.
' Somewhere In Africa' is also plotted around the dictatorship regimes. Currently, the movie is being described by industry people as 'the next big movie to come out of Africa.
The days of having foreigners to come and tell our stories in a messy way are over.
'Somewhere In Africa' looks at the reality behind the various dark reigns that have tormented our Africa.'
The movie will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 13, 2011, ahead of a grand premiere in Accra at the Ghana National Theatre later.
By Francis Addo