Multiple Ghanaian award winning actress, Ama K. Abebrese, has revealed that Hollywood movie ‘Beast of No Nation’ was shot in Ghana due to the peaceful and stable environment in Ghana.
Speaking as a guest at a symposium which characterizes The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), Ama K. Abebrese disclosed that originally, the ‘Beast of No Nation’ movie, was to be shot in Nigeria but the producers changed their decision due to the infamous kidnapping of some girls in the Northern part of Nigeria which caught global denunciation.
After ruling the shooting at Nigeria out, Ama K. Abebrese, who is actually one of the casts in the movie, added that the producers wanted to shoot the movie in Kenya because the terrain was good for filming but again, rescinded their decision due to the “..Kenya war-shooting that happened at the time..” she noted.
In the end, Ghana became the last resort. “…Ghana was ultimately chosen because Ghana is generally seen as the gate way to Africa, it’s seen as safe, with beautiful locations and Ghanaians are seen to be welcoming and we are…..” Ama said.
‘Beast of No Nation’ readily comes in mind as the movie that shot Ghanaian child actor Abraham Attah into limelight – ushering him into Hollywood, nominations and winning of multiple awards, to the Oscars, and casting for other Hollywood productions.
On the issue related to references of co-production in other parts of Africa that Ghana also had to take advantage of, Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, Founding President of BSIFF noted that: “Countries like South Africa and Nigeria have also managed to sell as great film locations and great partners for co-production.”
Among the highly-qualified members of the panel for the symposium were Beast of No Nation cast, Ama K. Abebrese, Pascal Aka, Filmmaker and Director; James Aboagye, Scriptwriter, Producer and Director Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante.
The symposium was moderated by entertainment industry player and seasoned journalist, William Aseidu. Panelists zoomed into answering questions on the need for co-production in Ghana and the role the government has to play to ensure that filmmakers had the best treatment to promote the country.
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