AFRIFF Mini Reviews: The Cursed Ones And N.G.O

The Cursed Ones Movie poster
Director: Nana Obiri Yeboah & Maximilian Claussen

Writers: Maximilian Claussen

Stars: Oris Erhuero, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama k. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, David Dontoh, Joseph Otsiman, Ophelia Dzidzornu

“The Cursed Ones” is a brilliant piece of work from multi talented and equally multi award winning Ghanaian director, Nana Obiri Yeboah. The film  is  socially conscious as it addresses the alarming issue of children being labeled witches  in present day Africa. It took the shape of a doozy at first probably, due to the combination of my active imagination and also, my low threshold for boredom).
Though shot in Ghana, the film was inconsistent with different periods as the director intended  to make it “timeless”. I thought the audience enjoyed it as the director and Joseph Otsiman  received an ovation after the screening. Nana obviously took a slant different from countless movies as the disillusioned protagonist reporter (Oris Erhuero)who we all loved died in the film.
Rousing performances  from Joseph  Otsiman who plays Pastor Moses and  Ophelia Dzidzomu who plays Asabi, the “witch girl”. Nana told us they had to employ a little  bit of method acting as Ophelia did not utter a word through the length of the  95 minute movie but her performance was stimulating all the same. Jimmy Jean Louis (Dr Tunde Jonathan from Phat Girlz)  also starred in the movie as a charlatan exorcist.
“The Cursed Ones” is riveting and  filled with suspense.The film will garner a lot of awards in the years to come. I am not sure of the stars to give this  film but film critics will doff their hats, definitely.
Director: Arnold Aganze

Stars: Richie Tevin, Arnold Aganze

“Nothing Going On”, set in Uganda, is a story  of two  friends, Tevo (Richie Tevin) and Zizuke (Arnold Aganze) who pretend to be owners of a non-governmental organization, which turns out unscrupulous as a result of greed. The short film is an attempt to expose many NGOs who take advantage of distressed individuals  in the name of working towards a specific and noble cause. The plot is very simple, straight to the point and filled with many party scenes. Nothing  brain wracking. The lead characters who have just finished their university courses  are bent on improving their financial circumstances as Tevo’s photography swiftly becomes a pictorial N.G.O project that supports women and girls’  education in a slum. Zizuke joins him on his mission to set up a legitimate NGO but they end up spending  the grant on  parties.  The film is uncomplicated and easy to watch. It is  forgettable, to say the least, but films that address  social issues will often get a pass (by “pass”,I mean not being shot down in flames).

These reviews were written by Isaac Charles.