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White American Artist Plays Lead Role in Ghanaian Film

If you’ve ever tuned into the Nollywood channel or OBE, you’ll be familiar with the Nigerian and Ghanaian films that they show. It’s melodrama at its best, writes Rena Dipti Annobil.

One such film, a Ghanaian production called Elmina, is a film with a slight difference. It’s been making waves on the international film market and art galleries around the world for over a year.

Oh, and the main character is played by a white guy… Oh, and we’re not supposed to notice he is a white guy… Or are we?

In this unique and unusual collaboration between American artist Doug Fishbone (who once filled Trafalgar Square with 30,000 bananas), and Revele films (makers of the multiple award-winning Run Baby Run), Elmina tells the story of a man and his family after oil is discovered in their village.

According to Fishbone, he cast himself as the lead character (which was written for a black actor) to challenge the viewers’ sense of preconception and reality.

Directed by Emmanuel Apea Jr., the film also stars a whole host of well known Ghanaian actors including Akorfa Edjeani Asiedu, Ama K Abebrese, Kofi Bucknor, John Apea, Kojo Dadson and Redeemer Mensah.

The stars are set to appear at the film’s premiere at Cineworld Wood Green in London on 16 December.

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