10 December 2010

Ghana: Unifem Ghana Endorses "Sinking Sands"

In line with its 'Say No To Violence' campaign, championed by Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Ghana has endorsed the groundbreaking international drama "Sinking Sands', as part of its media resource for the campaign.

As a resource, the film will be used by UNIIFEM in educating women on the issues of violence and ways to prevent it in their homes and lives.

"We are so excited to have the endorsement of UNIFEM Ghana," said an elated filmmaker, Leila Djansi. "The film seeks to empower women, no matter their circumstance, and UNIFEM Ghana's mission fits perfectly, as we use art to give life lessons."

"Sinking Sands" is a feature-length psychological drama that tells the story of a couple in a loving marriage that turns into one of violence and abuse, when Jimah becomes disfigured in a domestic accident.

The project is intended to create awareness on the continuous existence of abuse among today's households. It is an effort to show a side of defence that is proactive.

The screen play was written and directed by the Africa Movie Academy Award-nominated Director, Leila Djansi, and playing the lead roles in the film are Ghanaian-born British actress Ama K. Abebrese, and Haitian-born model and Hollywood actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis. The film was shot in Accra and Ho.

"Because up to 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime, we are all stakeholders in making change. Working as a team, we are indeed improving the quality of life for every victim here in Ghana, and all over the globe," said Mrs. Ansre of UNIFEM Ghana in a speech announcing its endorsement.

"Thank you to Leila Djansi for bringing the issue of domestic violence to light, through an artistic form such as film. This is just the beginning of our relationship to combat this global pandemic."

UNIFEM Ghana is the women's fund at the United Nations Ghana, dedicated to advancing women's rights and achieving gender equality. The organisation works on the premise that it is the fundamental right of every woman to live a life free from discrimination and violence, and that gender equality is essential to achieving development and to building just societies.

Financed through the David Djansi Memorial Film Fund, and its Australian associates, 'Sinking Sands' was produced by Turning Point Pictures.

The film successfully premiered on Nov. 13, in Accra, and is headed for the Domestic US and international market for distribution.

UNIFEM Ghana invites the general public to loan their clicks on http://www.saynotoviolence.org/ and support the mission to 'Say NO To Violence' against women.

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