Back to the Motherland is a documentary film produced by Pamela Sakyi that explores the steps needed for relocating to Ghana. In the film, she highlights the testimonies of many Ghanaians who are living in the diaspora and embarking on the possibility of moving to Ghana.
The movie was endorsed as an official Year of Return event commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the first documented ship of enslaved Africans to arrive in Virginia. The movie debuted in October 2019 in London. Unfortunately, there were many diasporans who didn’t get the opportunity to watch the film at the time. This is why it’s exciting to announce that this movie is available to stream online worldwide.
In the film Pamela also investigates her own family’s history in the town of Berekum and she aims to learn about the ways she too can migrate into Ghana’s local culture and make her own contribution to the community and Ghana’s economy.
The movie touches on the many conversations people in the diaspora are having after answering the call to ‘return home’ to Africa. The documentary features Dentaa Amoateng MBE, CEO GUBA Enterprise, HE PApa Owusu-Ankomah, High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland and Lorissa Akua of The Only Way is Ghana and Co-Founder of The VillageGH and many more.
The movie is just £2 and you can view it today by signing in using this link: https://gumroad.com/sparklelight.
Step By Step Productions is a film production company based in Barbados. They’ve previously produced six feature films to critical acclaim including Barrow – Freedom Fighter, which won an African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary.
This year, the production team took on a story that crosses cultures and bridges the gap between Ghana and the Caribbean. The movie, ‘Joseph’ is directed by Marcia Weekes and Produced by Marietta Carter-Narcisse. The film, which has its world premiere on 7th December in Accra, explores the life of a Jamaican doctor who has ancestry tied to Ghana through his Grandfather. The lead character, Joseph, is played by Actor Kevoy Burton from Jamaica and he is currently in Ghana to attend the premiere. Scenes were filmed both in Ghana and the Caribbean and feature a diverse cast of both African and Caribbean actors.
The Year of Return team visited the production when they were filming in Ghana earlier this year. We spoke to some of the actors about their experience and what we can expect from the movie. Ghanaian cast includes Mawuli Gavor, Harold Amenyah, Miriam Owusu-Poku, Sika Osei, Edward Kufuor, Richard Yaw Boateng, Ernest Odame, Adjetey Anang, Chloe Carter, and Edinam Atatsi. There is also a Ghanaian production team who worked on the film.
Mawuli Gavor, who plays Kweku, the best friend of Joseph in the movie, is a Ghanaian-born TV presenter, actor, producer and entrepreneur. Now based primarily in Nigeria, his career as an actor has seen him in roles on the telenovela series, ‘Hush’ and in hit films including ‘Chief Daddy’and the upcoming ‘Sugar Rush’. When speaking about his role in the film Gavor said, “Kweku becomes instrumental in pushing Joseph to make the move to connect with his African roots.” When asked how this film would connect Ghanaians and Caribbeans Gavor acknowledged the realities. “It’s a bit ridiculous how disconnected our two worlds are considering how similar we are. Ultimately we’re just distant relatives, and the film helps all of us regardless of which side of the divide we belong.”
Harold Amenyah also stars in the film and said he plays the character Nii, a friend of Joseph’s. He takes him around Ghana showing him the culture and traditions of the country. Amenyah said that this film is important because it will show people in the Caribbean a sense of belonging [in Ghana]. “People who are going to watch this movie in the diaspora are going to realize how much of similarity and how connected we are,” Amenyah said.
The exclusive red carpet screening will be at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly on 7th December. The premier event is invitation only, but there will be a public release of the film on 24th January 2020 at Silverbird Cinemas.
Adrienne Joi Johnson’s latest movie will be exlusively screened in Ghana on July 24, 2019.
The “House Party” Actress Back With New Movie “Sins Of The Father”. You may remember AJ Johnson for her iconic roles as “Sharane” in “House Party” and “Juanita” in “Baby Boy.”
Now, the NJ born and bred actress is back with a new movie on TVOne “Sins of The Father,” about the murder of the wife of an Atlanta-area pastor, a crime that sends shockwaves through their close-knit community. However things aren’t what they seem and as law enforcement’s investigation unfolds, secret lives filled with lust, adultery, and corruption come to the surface.
Johnson plays the no-nonsense Det. Phylicia Richardson, who is tasked with unravelling the mystery murder of the church’s First Lady.
“Phylicia Richardson is actually AJ Johnson before Hollywood,” Johnson told BOSSIP by phone. “Phylicia is the bookworm, the intellectual…now, she’s been given a platform to be all of who she is – now we get to see her work her magic on this case that has gone cold.”
Sparked by real events, SINS OF THE FATHERfeatures Deitrick Haddon (The Gospel), A.J. Johnson (Baby Boy), Clifton Powell (Ray), Terayle Hill(Merry Wishmas) and Angela Davis (I Feel Pretty).
The movie follows Clarence Burnett (Haddon) a pastor in Atlanta who’s happily married to Karen (Davis). The couple’s world is torn apart when Karen is brutally murdered outside their Atlanta home, sending shock waves through their close-knit community.
As police delve deeper into the Burnett’s inner circle, they discover secret lives filled with lust, cruelty and unearth a sinful conspiracy of biblical proportions.
AJ Johnson was recently in Ghana for the #FullCircleFestival with other Holywood Stars as part of the Year of Return, Ghana 2019 celebrations. He new movie “Sins Of The Father” will be exclusively premiered at the Silver Birds Cinema at the Accra Mall on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 6:30pm.
Sparked by real events, SINS OF THE FATHER features Deitrick Haddon (The Gospel), A.J. Johnson (Baby Boy), Clifton Powell (Ray), Terayle Hill (Merry Wishmas) and Angela Davis (I Feel Pretty). The movie follows Clarence Burnett (Haddon) a pastor in Atlanta who’s happily married to Karen (Davis). The couple’s world is torn apart when Karen is brutally murdered outside their Atlanta home, sending shock waves through their close-knit community. As police delve deeper into the Burnett’s inner circle, they discover secret lives filled with lust, cruelty and unearth a sinful conspiracy of biblical proportions.
About AJ Johnson
A.J Johnson is an actress, fitness icon and life coach. You’ve seen her in some of your favourite movies and now she stars in what could become one of your new favourites. She plays detective Richardson in TV One’s Sins Of The Father, about a family torn apart by a murder. Detective Richardson actually cracked the case; Johnson calls her “exceptional.” It’s been a while since we’ve seen her in a film and she says it’s because she was “spoiled” working with John Singleton on Baby Boy. She tells Skip and Madelyn that she always wanted to act again but prayed for a film with ac crew as “great” as a Baby boy.