Ghana Selects The Film 'Azali' For First-Ever Oscar Submission
25 September 2019
Ghana has chosen Kwabena Gyansah's Azali as its first-ever submission for the international feature film award at the 2020 Oscars.
Starring the brilliant Asana Alhassan in her debut role, the movie follows the journey of 14-year-old Amina from a North-Ghanaian village to the slums of the crowded capital, Accra.
Amina escapes her upcoming arranged marriage to a 70-year-old farmer but finds herself on a truck being trafficked to Burkina Faso. She gets rescued from the truck but flung into the dog-eat-dog city of Accra. Amina needs to choose between surviving in the dangerous city and returning to her village and impending marriage.
It is the first time that Ghana has submitted a film to the Oscars, even though the country has recently become a significant production hub for many international productions, including Forgiving Earth, Beast of No Nation, and the upcoming USA TV show Treadstone.
Professor Linus Abraham, the Chairman of Ghana's Oscar selection committee, said that Azali is a film that raises consciousness and that the committee is honoured that for the first time, Ghana had found a film that is worthy enough to represent it at the Oscars. He added that the selection of this film for the Oscars was a testament to the growth of the Ghana film industry and would encourage more co-productions and quality filmmaking in the country.
The 92nd Academy Awards take place on February 9, 2020.