Things do not seem to be slowing down for multiple award winning Ghanaian movie ‘Azali’. After winning the highest number of awards at the Ghana Movie Awards in 2018 and Golden Movie Awards Africa in 2019, plus receiving other accolades from some international film festivals, ‘Azali’ has added another achievement to its list by securing a deal with online streaming platform ‘Netflix’. The movie is scheduled to begin showing on ‘Netflix’ on February 7th this year. In an exclusive interview with the Director of the film Kwabena Gyansah, in Accra yesterday, he stated that ‘Azali’ has performed beyond his anticipation.
Despite failing to make it into nominations list of the 2020 Oscars, ‘Azali’ is the first Ghanaian movie to be selected and presented for Oscars consideration. The Director of ‘Azali’ Kwabena Gyansah, expressed his satisfaction with the film’s success so far. “When we were filming ‘Azali’, we didn’t know it will make such an impact in the film space but it has, and we are very grateful to God and everyone for that. We are also delighted ‘Azali’ is going to be available on ‘Netflix’ because the film will be seen by a global audience and help reinforce the credibility in Ghanaian filmmakers”, he said.
The film made history last year when it became the first Ghanaian film to be submitted to the Oscars for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category. However, it was not selected. The Academy chose Bong Joon Ho’s terrific class-war drama-thriller “Parasite”, “Pain and Glory”, “Honeyland”, “Corpus Christi” and “Les Miserables” for the final top 5.
‘Azali’ tells the story of 14-year-old Amina, who fled an arranged marriage with a 70-year-old farmer only to end up a victim of human traffickers, but manages to escape to Accra. There, she experienced the harsh street life in the city and the reality of living in a world with no pity. ‘The cast for Azali’ includes award winning actor Adjetey Anang , Ama K. Abebrese , Peter Ritchie, Akofa Edjeani Asiedu and child prodigy debutant Asana Alhassan as ‘Amina’. The movie was written by Gwandellen Quartey and produced by Ananse Entertainment in collaboration with Motion Revolutions; both Ghanaian owned companies.
By Jerry Wonder