Ghanaian filmmaker of international repute, Leila Afua Djansi, has urged Ghanaians to support Ghanaian movies, no matter how bad they are.
Leila, who is Ghana’s pride to the world as far as filmmaking is concerned, is not only a filmmaker, but comes across as a motivational speaker. As a woman with extensive travel experience – having met, worked, and interacted with big names in Hollywood, she feels every great nation, tells its own story.
And that, if one does not love his own and support it, others won’t. These thoughts, she put up on her official Facebook wall: Leila Afua Djansi posted (unedited):
“I’m pretty sure lots of Ghanaian filmmakers want to tell the Kwame Nkrumah story, the Yaa Asantewaa story, the JJ Rawlings story, I personally want to make a film about Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. I’m sure banks want to invest in films.”
“But, until Ghanaians support films from Ghana, no matter how bad, none of these can happen! Stop watching movies on your drives, stop loaning movies to your friends. If a filmmaker can sell 2million copies in Ghana, I don’t see why a bank will not give that filmmaker 1 million ghc to make a film. It’s teamwork y’all.”
Leila Afua Djansi is an esteemed Ghanaian filmmaker. Leila began her film education at the National Film and Television School and continued to Manifold College. She left Ghana for the United States to continue her Film and Television Degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.
She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Art Center College of Design. She now has academic background in Film and Television as well as Cultural Anthropology.
Leila Djansi is founder of the Los Angeles based production house Turning Point Pictures. Her critically acclaimed screenplay for Movie Africa “Subcity” won the best screenplay award at FESPACO in 2007. She also won the WorldFest Platinum award for the film “Grass between my Lips” in 2009.
Leila Djansi began her career with the GAMA Film Company in Ghana. She wrote and produced her first feature film Babina with Aak Films Ghana at the age of 19. She worked as a writer/producer for Safo and Safo Entertainment where she wrote and produced works like:
- The sisterhood
- Together Forever
- The Instrument
- Broken Bridges
- Daughters of Eve
- Legacy of Love
- The Rub
- I Sing of a Well
Leila has chosen to tell stories about life, survival, and the delicate intricacies of culture.