Ghanaian cinema and filmmaking goes back decades to 1948. That was when the British Colonial Office finally decided to establish a “Gold Coast Film Unit,” and ultimately initiated the beginning of what has become now Ghana’s film industry.
Since then, we have had some wins and the Ls, however, the promise of a good and flourishing industry has always been in the offing.
One way of celebrating the filmmakers that are keeping the torch burning is acknowledging their work, including those who are now breaking into the industry.
Over the weekend, the week-long European Union Film Festival Ghana came to an end but not before some deserving filmmakers in Ghana and from the EU were honoured for their ability to capture stories.
Two Ghanaians and one filmmaker from the EU were celebrated on the final day of the festival.
- Dela won the first prize for his film, ‘Oko K3 Akueteh’. For this, he gets an all expense paid trip to FESPACO in Burkina Faso.
2. Joseph Akwasi’s ‘Home’ won second place.
3. For third-placed, Tim Jooni won the award for his movie ‘Poker’.
Meanwhile, Natalija Gormalova won the Social Impact award for her movie ‘Spirits We Dance’.
Dela’s film is about letting go after a loss, which itself comes in many forms. In the film, the difficulty of letting go is brought to life in the eyes of a brother who loses his twin, and how he struggles to grapple with the circumstances surrounding his sibling’s death.
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