African Filmmakers changing landscape of Independent Film

Two African filmmakers are ‘changing the landscape’ of Independent Film with award winning political thriller MONA (2016).

Anthony Abuah and Segilola Ogidan have captured the imaginations of critics and fans from diverse locations across the world. Their political thriller is viewed as outstanding by many.

MONA is inspired by Portuguese Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano’s visit to London in June 1973. The film is ‘breaking down boundaries’ and changing the landscape of how independent African Cinema is received.

The inspirational film goes beyond the restrictive labels of Nollywood or even Hollywood – creating diversity and equality.

The film combines political intrigue with a psychological edge. It is a multi-layered cinematic experience which will excite audiences.

Director, writer and producer Anthony Abuah began his career as an actor in London. He was born in Kenya and spent most of his youth living in Central and West Africa.

After starring in successful plays, Anthony grew to love script-writing and set his sights on film. Anthony produced his debut feature film, Woolwich Boys (2012) which was well received by the film community.

After showcasing MONA around the world, Abuah is ready for the UK to experience the Pan-African political thriller. He says he is ‘glad’ he is able to release the film to a UK audience.

Abuah partnered with, Segilola Ogidan to produce MONA . Ogidan is the British Nigerian founder of OKP Productions. With knowledge in script development, production and film finance, Segilola adds ‘determination’ to any project she works on.

Ogidan wants to use this film to showcase how diverse and creative African filmmakers can be. Ogidan believes that the British community ‘are in for a treat’ with MONA.

Abuah and Ogidan have developed a film which highlights the power of creative black partnerships on an international level.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: AEA Films UK

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