THE CURSED ONES
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.