American actor, producer, writer and director, Bill Duke was due to arrive in Accra last night as a special guest of the Accra International Film Festival (AIFF) which kicks off tomorrow, June 25 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.
Part of Duke’s team that would help him explore the various opportunities in the entertainment business here, arrived last Saturday.
Duke’s latest work, a documentary called Dark Girls which explores the issues that dark-skinned women face will be screened in the Adaekese Hall at La Palm as part of the festival’s opening day activities.
In Dark Girls, women of all ages painfully recount the damage done to their self-esteem and their constant feeling of being devalued and disregarded.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare is scheduled to open the festival.
Other events planned for the six-day festival include screenings at Silverbird Cinema, a workshop to be facilitated by Kwaw Ansah, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Bill Duke and others and a dinner/awards ceremony to be attended by President Mahama at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
Bill Duke is a tall, clean-shaven man who first became a familiar face to moviegoers around the world in Car Wash (1976). He was also in American Gigolo (1980) where he played a gay pimp. He was found as the perfect guy to play alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando and Predator.
He has played notable roles in other films such as Action Jackson, Bird on a Wire and Payback.
Duke directed A Rage in Harlem (1991), Deep Cover (1992) and Hoodlum (1997). He also directed The Cemetery Club (1993) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The AIFF’s Executive Director, Osmo Kwame Addo said he first met Duke at a film festival in the United States in 2009.
They met again in 2010 and started talking about Duke coming to Ghana for a film-related event.
The AIFF is presented by PZ Imperial Leather and supported by His Majesty’s Freight Services, Viasat1 Tv., Porche Car Company, Silverbird Cinema, SIC company, TV3, AIT and Graphic Communications Group Limited.