The 8th edition of Africa’s biggest movie award; AMA Awards (Africa Movie Academy Award) is few days away and we’re doing a countdown!

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6.    AMAA 2012 BEST ANIMATION


The Legend Of Ngog Hills – Kenya – “Based upon a Maasai folktale, ‘The Legend of Ngong Hills’ is the creation myth of these beautiful hills that backdrop present day Nairobi. Available in leading retail outlets across Kenya

Oba – Nigeria


Climate Change Is Real – Kenya – This is a short film on climate change. The characters are set in a 3D world, and scenes based on the Kenyan Lanscape. The original purpose of the film was to make the various elements of animation come to life to tell a story: character animation, fuel simulation, liquid simulation, weather simulation and landscape design.

Egu – Ghana
Chomoka – Kenya

 

7.    AMAA 2012 BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
Mystery Of Birds – USA / Nigeria
Housemates – United Kingdom / Nigeria
Ben Kross – Italy / Nigeria


Paparazzi Eye In The Dark – USA / Nigeria / Ghana Aspiring photographer Rich Amarah dreamed of making his fortune threw his art, but found the life of being a sneaky paparazzi spy to be more lucrative. By selling pictures to the national newspapers, He has the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Superstar Ghanaian recording artist Mr. Maxx was at the top of the paparazzi food chain and Rich’s appetite for success leads him into a whirlwind of chaos when he accidentally films the “scoop of the century”. This event not only becomes the papers biggest exclusive but threatens his very survival as he alone holds the images to the cities biggest murder mystery.
8.    AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN


Somewhere In Africa – Ghana – The movie tells a gripping story of Yusuf Mumbasa (Majid Michel) who, after escaping an assassination attempt by the King of Kimbala, managed to capture power via a coup d’état and ordered the killing of all previous government appointees. The minority, including students, went on the streets to demonstrate, but Yusuf would not accept that.
The movie, which recaptures the heinous stories of how leaders of some African countries have been maltreating their citizenries, is a total deviation from the normal love-dominated movies that have flocked the Ghanaian and African movie markets.


Phone Swap – Nigeria – Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones . This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination. Consequently, Akin ends up traveling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akins’s case) . As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone. But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation. Mary has to walk in Akins shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her the family meeting. This they do with hilarious results.


Otelo Burning – South Africa – Shot in Durban and directed by Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto), the film tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. It’s set in 1989, against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in Lamontville.
When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it’s clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.

Adesuwa – Nigeria – Adesuwa, based on a true life story, is a riveting tale that reveals the dangerous power of unbridled lust and its psycho-sociological implications. The movie treats this powerful emotion as a potent force capable of turning an otherwise sane human into a brutal beast and sets on fire two friendly and peaceful neighbours.


How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa – It’s a jungle out there. That’s how we meet our lead character Jack. It’s been five years since he’s seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as Jack is honourable. He’s married Jack’s former fiancée.
Jack wants to go legit but after being rejected for a loan he needs a new source of capital. Twala presents him with an opportunity a job with a R2 million take. The complication is that the mark is Twala’s father. Jacks partner for the job is the tough and sexy Olive. Little does he know she will prove to be more devious then his old friend.

 

9.    AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN


The Captain Of Nakara Kenya – Afraid of losing the woman of his dreams, Muntu, a small fry criminal, pretends to own a profitable market stall. His honest attempts to turn his lies into reality fail, due to the ubiquitous local corruption. Impersonated as “Captain of Nakara”, wearing a stolen military uniform, Muntu manages to succeed in defending his rights, his happiness – and ends up elected as Kwetu’s president!


Adesuwa – Nigeria – Adesuwa, based on a true life story, is a riveting tale that reveals the dangerous power of unbridled lust and its psycho-sociological implications. The movie treats this powerful emotion as a potent force capable of turning an otherwise sane human into a brutal beast and sets on fire two friendly and peaceful neighbours.


Rugged Priest – KenyaThe Rugged Priest portrays the battle between the diabolical African politician and a fearless Catholic priest. The backdrop of this war is the cascading hills and plains of the great Maasai country. Sandwiched in this battle is a youthful Catholic priest, who must decide if he is indeed able to live up to the rigorous vow of celibacy, since his reconnection with a teenage sweetheart.


Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
Queens Desire

 

10.    AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP


Rugged Priest – Kenya


State Research Bureau – Uganda – James, Phillip, and his fiance Faith are fleeing the insurgency in the country when they are intercepted by soldiers and survive their bullets by a whisker. They are then taken to a safe house run by a tyrant where they discover that to these bloody thirsty men, death by the bullet is normal and routine. Every minute that passes draws them closer to their death. Now they must risk their own lives if they are to make it out of this torture chamber alive.
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana


 Shattered – Kenya –  “Shattered” , a Kenyan production starring Nollywood heartthrob Rita Dominic, is one movie that clearly depicts the tumultuous lives of many young women. From being molested by an uncle in her early childhood, to being brutally attacked by an acquaintance in her early adulthood, Keziah Njema (Rita Dominic) experiences cycles of self-hatred , low self esteem, and mental instability. Out of frustration, she runs away from home and seeks solace in her friend, Jomo (Allan Adika), a serial smoker, a seasoned drug addict and a professional alcoholic.

11. AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

Otelo Burning – South Africa

Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria – Alero, the twin daughter of an affluent family, is a top law student who is expected to graduate with honors and thereafter join her father’s prestigious law chambers.  However her passion and heart is really set on being a singer, a desire she carefully hides from her parents. During an Easter vacation break, Alero comes across a lowly waiter/fisherman named Lovechild who also happens to be a talented musician.

Though from different sides of the divide in terms of class, education and social status, Alero and Lovechild found their common love for singing – a bond that bound them professionally at first and then romantically.

She finally confessed to her father that, she has strong desires to pursue a career as a singer rather than as a lawyer. An indignant Dr. Coker gave his daughter an ultimatum; dump Lovechild, her music ambition and focus on her legal career or risk his wrath.  She decided, albeit reluctantly and for the sake of peace, to follow her father’s orders. But, can Alero succeed in forsaking the cravings of her heart?

 Adesuwa – Nigeria

How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

 

12. AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

Behind The Mask

Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

Adesuwa – Nigeria

State Research Bureau – Uganda

Otelo Burning – South Africa

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