Beast of no Nation producer and director, Cary Fukunaga, has issued a statement requesting for his critically acclaimed war drama to be removed from the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards nominations. The nominations were announced on Friday afternoon in Accra, Ghana and without removal, he will file a law suit against the against the award organizers .
The movie, whose 15 nominations led to criticisms from Ghanian filmmakers like Yvonne Nelson. Nelson posited that the movie should not have nominated because its not a “Ghanian” movie even though it was shot in the country. But the organizers of the movie stated in response that the producers of the movie are Ghanians and therefore, it qualifies to be nominated.
However her claim has now been validated by Cari Fukunaga, who issued a statement stating that his film is not a Ghanaian movie. And, he did not submit it to the Ghana Movie Awards jury; neither does he know how the jury got to see the movie.
Parts of the statement reads:
“While I am honoured my the numerous nominations from the Ghana Movie Awards jury, I must say ‘Beasts of No Nation’ is not for what the awards are intended for. It is was merely a movie is shot in Ghana with supporting cast and crew in Ghana for an international audience.”
“Tony Tagoe and Danny Damah are not the producers of Beasts Of No Nation. Daniel Damah was our line producer for Ghana, and Tony Tagoe as co-producer. I am sure the honourable jury know the definition for these roles adequately. ”
“Neither me or any of our producers submitted our film to the Ghana Movie Awards. In fact we don’t know how they even got to watch and review the movie. I didn’t know Netflix worked in Ghana. We only recently screened Beasts Of No Nation in Ghana at the Silverbird Cinemas, and we are absolutely perplexed to be included in an award that closed nominations on November 20 according to reports on the internet. ”
“On behalf of the other producers of Beasts Of No Nation’, I request for the annulment of all nominations in the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards or we shall take legal action against the jury and producers of the awards.”
The movie, ‘Beasts of No Nation‘ was nominated for Best Picture, Discovery Of The Year (Abraham Attah), Best Actor In A leading Role (Abraham Attah), Best Make-up and Hairstyle ( Chris Burgoyne and Rita Parklo), Best Sound Mixing (Geoffrey Patterson), Best Wardrobe and Costume ( Jenny Eagan/ Kayla Afriyie Frimpong), Best Editing ( Mikkel E.G Nielsen), Music -Original Score ( Dan Romer), Best Directing (Cary Joji Fukunaga)Best Production design (Tony Tomety and Miles Kristian), Best Visual Effects (Kevin Bitters), Best Cinematography ( Cary Joji Fukunaga), Actor In A Supporting Role (Idris Elba), Actor In A Supporting Role (Emmanuel Affadzi), and Best Screenplay ( Uzodinma Iweala, Cary Joji Fukunaga).
The film was shot in Ghana and stars Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese, Abraham Attah, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe.
This embarrassing issue for the Ghana Movie Awards producers brings to light, the fact that “some” Africans prefer to place premium on foreign products. Rather than promote and embrace what is truly African.