A Ghanaian documentary dubbed 'Up In Alms' has been adjudged the Best Documentary at the 6th Emergence Film Festival held in Togo.
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Goddy Nana Mens, director of the documentary beat the likes of Nicole Deba’s ‘From Heart To Spirit’, Fidel Hounhouede’s ‘The Mask of Guelede’, Michael Gandoh’s ‘One For All’ and Mama Wary Thioubou’s ‘5 Stars’ to become winner of the prestigious award.
‘Up In Alms’ is a documentary about a lady Rahel, a 23-year-old, street girl who wishes for formal education and to become a hairstylist but is unable to pursue her dream because she spends all her time taking care of her disabled mother and two children.
The short documentary portrays the difficult life on the streets and the considerable dangers street people navigate each day.
Speaking about his award, Goddy Nana Mens stated that this was the first documentary he directed and he was excited that panel made up of renowned film critics recognized his efforts.
"But even though I received it, the award belongs to the entire film crew, Weltfilme.org, the Ghana YMCA and all the partners of the All On Board film project which birthed this film. But most especially, I dedicate this award to our protagonist, Rahel Kusi, who opened up her heart and life and allowed us to tell her story to the world. She is the real winner,” he said.
Aside ‘Up in Alms’, the festival also featured two other Ghanaian productions – Peter Sedufia’s critically acclaimed, FESPACO-winning film, ‘Keteke’ which opened the festival; while Kwabena Eddie Mankata’s fictional film ‘Carrying Dreams’ was screened on Day Two of the festival.
‘Up In Alms’ is one of six short films produced by the Weltfilme-YMCA Ghana Film Training Project which run from March to December 2018.
The Emergence Film Festival, founded by Togolese film director Joel Mmaka Tchedre, in 2014, celebrates some of the best high quality, low budget films primarily from across West Africa. This year’s festival featured films from Cameroun, Togo, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, and Haiti.
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