Silver Rain, testing the limits that the human spirit can go…

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Dare we strive to become better than who the world thinks we are and ought to remain? when a girl decides to fight for her place in society, she sets into motion a war… A class war! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/silver-rain-movie–2/x/1837312 @silverrainmovie

Six years ago, I met a “kayayo”street girl in Accra (these are ‘human trucks’ in the markets of Accra – helping shoppers carry their goods). I was so intrigued by her and her story, that I spent the next years learning more about this phenomenon. This is where she led me. This is a Pan-African movie, Casting from 5 African countries. A story about class wars, love, and the strength of the human spirit from the trenches to high places. This story takes you into the belly of Africa like no other…
One of the best ways of engaging the world and bringing light to issues is through story telling. There are many fascinating stories about Africa that are begging to be told. Not only will the world benefit from them, but it is an important path to effecting social good and change. However, African films have unfortunately been plagued by poor quality productions, forming an invincible barrier between the continent’s fascinating stories and the rest of the world. Film funding is virtually non existent. This stifles the art. Despite these barriers though, west Africa, led by Nigeria, still manages to have the second largest film industry in the world! A testament to the tenacity of its people and the richness of their stories. Our goal is to help break down this barrier and take our stories to the rest of the world. In the process, we hope to help open up this beautiful continent to the rest of the world! One of the best ways of engaging people, is through storytelling. Not only does Africa have beautiful stories that the world needs to hear, but this story also focuses on a phenomenal street, market woman from Ghana, who decides to change her life and the life of her community. The resultant class-war that ensues, brings to life the trenches of the market place as opposed to the ‘high places!
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Silver Rain, The Pan-African movie of the decade wraps up in SA!

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The cast and crew of upcoming Pan African film Silver Rain have arrived in South Africa to wrap up shoots for the final scenes.

The movie is due for release at cinemas early next year and features actors from five African countries, including Eastern Cape-born Chumani Pan.
Other members of the crew include Joselyn Dumas and Elikem Kumordzie from Ghana, Enyinna Nwigwe and Uru Eke from Nigeria, Michael Bonney Bassey from Sierra Leone and Annabel Mbaru from Kenya.

Shooting started in Ghana in August this year, with South African being the last stop before post-production work. This week, they shot some parts of the movie in Johannesburg.

The film follows the love story of Ajoa, a poor girl who meets Bruce, heir of the Timothy fortunes. Their friendship sets into motion a class war as Ajoa struggles to cross the class divide and find love while Bruce struggles to find himself. Together, they must brave turbulent political times as well as the social barriers.

Director and writer Juliet Asante said the idea of having actors from different countries in one film was to showcase the talent from the continent.

“Each country has amazing talent and if we can bring all of them together, we will produce the best production and we can have a big impact on the world stage,” she said.

Pan plays Mark, the lead role’s best friend.

“This has been an amazing experience for me. I enjoyed working with actors from different parts of the continent,” Pan said.

He also added that his role on the movie was of a nice guy who always tried to please people

Kumordzie, who plays the role of Paul – a chief of staff in Ghana – said he had a great time shooting the movie.

The Big Brother star said he was looking forward to its release.

“I had an interesting character. Paul makes sure that everything in Ghana is in order, he likes control.

“On the other hand, in real life, I am a chilled person so playing him was challenging and fun,” Kumordzie.

The makers and actors of the movie will be leaving the country on Friday.

Silver Rain will be released early next year. — poliswap@dispatch. co.za 3

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Video On Demand Report on Africa! by the Business Monitor International…

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My resent project, Mobilefliks is happy to announce that we made it to the Business Monitor International Report on Video on demand (VOD) in Africa! kindly share this milestone with us and read the report attached…

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Ghana has feet of clay!

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julietasante:

Let’s continue to chew on this…

Originally posted on julietasante:

I feel driven to write my thoughts on the game between Ghana and the United States yesterday. I watched the game and like many Ghanians, I still feel the knife curving in my heart still…

I’m having an outer body experience at this moment. Let’s take a step back. As I saw our coach say hi to the German coach, I thought to myself, what an uneven match! I can appreciate this, because I have sat in classes in the first world country, where appreciating the fluid minds of classmate is key to your survival.

For the first time in our history, we have given the highest honor on the pitch to one of our own. This was a big risk and a big opportunity. Our problem though, is to not recognize the limitations we might have to deal with, and the patience we will need to exercise to achieve…

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Ghana has feet of clay!

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I feel driven to write my thoughts on the game between Ghana and the United States yesterday. I watched the game and like many Ghanians, I still feel the knife curving in my heart still…

I’m having an outer body experience at this moment. Let’s take a step back. As I saw our coach say hi to the German coach, I thought to myself, what an uneven match! I can appreciate this, because I have sat in classes in the first world country, where appreciating the fluid minds of classmate is key to your survival.

For the first time in our history, we have given the highest honor on the pitch to one of our own. This was a big risk and a big opportunity. Our problem though, is to not recognize the limitations we might have to deal with, and the patience we will need to exercise to achieve our goals.

The advantages of the German coach start very early. Good nutrition from generations before him. He is therefore born at the optimal physical peak. He is likely to be averagely taller than the Ghanaian. His social thinking and training, as well as his education, prepares him to assert himself confidently in the global market. He has the resources, and therefore flexibility to identify his talents early and work to achieve his potential, all the while, having parents and a society that supports his self-actualization and encourages him to take risks. At the same time, possibly, our coach is born in a completely opposing environment. Let me mention also, that the Germans were conquering the world way before we were thinking of selling our own for gunpowder! They have therefore had years, to perfect the art of strategy and excellence.

Aren’t we all reflected in this situation? Even as the game begun, the USA played an international advert that proclaimed the virtues of their country. Their team came well prepared for this game in every sense. Down to the bus that drove them to the venue. Whiles Ghana barely struggled along without a distinct strategy and resources to meet our strategy and optimize our potential. Yet, we expect to compete on an even turf? Is this being realistic? As a nation, our people and industries compete on an uneven playing field all the time. Let me not foray into the domain of industry and why our economy will remain handicapped for a long, long time! as we speak, we still don’t have any long term strategy for creating an enduring framework that allows our industries to grow. I traverse the globe fairly frequently, and thus, the clarity of our disadvantage cannot be lost on me.

Here we are, bravely deciding to give the honor of both our coaches to our own. We will have to exercise the patience to give him the space and understanding to make mistakes, to learn, and to grow. Let us not be too quick to cast him out, for as we hurt him, we hurt ourselves. Lets use this opportunity, insight and bravery we have to take this step, to encourage others to follow suite. We do expect him to stand shoulder to shoulder and we will get there; but we will have to pay the price first. We are impatient for growth, but are we willing to pay the price. This coach is just a symbol that brings into the light, what we all need to face within us. Perchance we should be a little more charitable to ourselves and threat us with more kindness? If we hope to empower our own, we will have to be more patient; understanding that we have years to catch up with the players in the field that we are seeking to penetrate.
I am just saying…

Juliet Asante