2016 British film directed by Ghanaian Nana Obiri Yeboah with original screenplay by Maximilian Claussen won three awards at the 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
The awards which was held at the Dr Obi Wali Conference Centre in the beautiful garden of Port Harcourt, the treasure State of Nigeria saw the movie inspired by the BAFTA winning 2009 documentary, Saving Africa’s Witch Children picking the Best Production Design, The Cinematography (Nicholas K. Lory) and the Best Director (Nana Obiri Yeboah).
Nana Obiri Yeboah picked the award in the category that comprised Biyi Bandele for the movie “Fifty”, Sekou Toure for “Eye of the Storm”, Sara Blecher for “Ayanda”, Moussa Hamadou Djingarey “La Pagne”, Stephanie Linus for “Dry”, Akin Omotoso for “Tell me Sweet Something” and Mohammed Ahed Bensouda “Behind Closed Doors”.
“I thank God so much for this honour, for giving me this opportunity. Secondly, I want to thank an exception producer that I worked with, Mr Nicholas K. Lory. I want to thank the entire crew that actually supported this film … its not only me, it’s a team work. I want to thank everybody who made this possible,” an emotional Nana Obiri Yeboah said.
He dedicated his award to the innocent children on the African continent who are falsely accused of witchcraft and suffer day and night as the result.
“And also I like to dedicate this award to all the innocent children out there are who are falsely accused of witchcraft, who suffer day and night, this is for you. Thank you AMAA.”
The movie tells the story of a disillusioned reporter and an idealistic young pastor, who fight to free a girl accused of witchcraft from the clutches of a system of corruption and superstition in the heart of West Africa.
It was shot entirely on location in Eastern Region of Ghana.