'Jungle', a short film by US-based Ghanaian director and screenwriter, Asantewaa Prempeh has been selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival which holds from January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah. Jungle was among teethe 72 short films selected by the Sundance Institute, and can be found under the U.S. Narrative Short Films category.
‘Jungle’ tells the story of two Senegalese vendors trying to make a living on the streets of New York City. Amadou and Yaya are two Senegalese friends who illegally sell purses on the streets of Chinatown, NYC. Tired with an unpredictable means of making money, they both want to move to a more permanent spot and become licensed vendors. Complications arise when Yaya finds information he was not privy to which tests the foundation of his friendship with Amadou. ‘Jungle’ is produced by Joyce Sherrí and features Niger born Yacine DJoumbaye, and Senegal-born model and actor, Kumar.
Asantewaa Prempeh is a Ghanaian/American filmmaker. Her interest in film began while studying graphic design in college where she made her first short film, after learning of a classmates battle with AIDS. After the film’s great reception she decided to pursue an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she has made numerous shorts films including ‘ A Sweet Song’. Winner of the Insitut du Français sponsored Accra Francophone Film Festival, winner of the Wasserman award for best editing, a Wasserman Finalist and official selection for the BFI London Film Festival Asantewaa hopes the emotive and observational style of her films will encourage positive action in others. She is currently developing her first feature film ‘Mortar’ in Ghana.