Netflix Acquires Ghana’s 2020 Oscars Submission ‘Azali’
13 February 2020
The American streaming platform has announced that it has acquired ‘Azali’, which is set to be available for streaming in February 2020.
‘Azali’ also happens to be Ghana’s 2020 Oscars entry.
The film tells the tale of 14-year-old Amina, who flees from her arranged marriage to a 70-year-old village farmer.
She ends up being a victim of human trafficking but manages to escape to Accra where she has to make the difficult decision to either return home to an arranged marriage or try to survive on her own.
‘Azali’ was directed by the award-winning Ghanaian movie director, Kwabena Gyansah, and written by Gwandellen Quartey.
The cast includes Asana Alhassan who plays the lead role of Amina, Peter Ritchie, Ama K. Abebrese, Adjetey Anang, Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye and Akofa Edjeani Asiedu.
The film made history by becoming the very first Ghanaian movie to be submitted to the Oscars for consideration in the category for Best International Feature Film.
Like “Lionheart” - Nigeria’s Oscar submission, both movies got rejected.
However, the movie went on to receive 18 nominations at the 2019 Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) and also took home the Best Feature Film award at the 2018 edition of the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria.
‘Azali’ will be available on Netflix from February 7, 2020.