Movie Title: Sinking Sands
Country / Region: USA
Runtime:USA: 116 min (approx.)
Production costs: $ 1,000,000 / estimated
Release Date: January 14,2011,USA
Pabi and Jimah are happily married and living a peaceful life when disaster strikes in the form of a domestic accident which leaves Jimah with a scar. Unable to live with his new features, his anger and hurt turn him into a monster. The once peaceful relationship turns into abuse.
How long will you endure abuse?
Renowned American- Ghanaian film director, Leila Djansi, is working on another blockbuster movie as part of her credentials- her latest film work in the pipeline ‘Sinking Sands’, is set to be released in 2011, and already, critics are acclaiming it would be one of her most successful movies.
Miss Djansi made the transition into film after winning a regional beauty pageant. With the realisation that being a director was what she wanted to do, she enrolled at Ghana’s National Film and Television School, and from here, she continued her film education at Manifold College. She left Ghana in the late 1990s, in order to complete her ‘Film and Television’ degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA.
Working on blockbuster movies is nothing new to Miss Djansi; she worked as a writer-producer for hit movies including ‘I Sing of a Well,’ ‘Daughters of Eve,’ and ‘The Sisterhood’. However, ‘Sinking Sands’ is set to upstage all her previous works, with an interesting storyline, and a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Haitian- Born actor Jimmy-Jean Louis (The Bourne Identity, Hollywood Homicide) and John Dumelo (Perfect Picture, Prince’s Bride).
Other cast members of the film include veteran Ghanaian actress Doris Sakitey (Lost Hope, Divine Love), Eamonn Walker (Cadillac Records, Othello), and the TV presenter, producer and actress,-Ama K. Abebrese (London Get Problem).
‘Sinking Sands’ is set to be one of the biggest Ghanaian movies of the decade, and definitely a far cry from the pornographic material that has been dominating our screens recently. Another movie to show the world that Ghollywood is a film industry to be taken seriously, prepare to view this blockbuster for yourselves when it is released in 2011.
“Sinking Sands”, Nadia Buari, Genevieve Nnaji & John Dumelo win at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards.Ghanaian thriller “Sinking Sands” won the Best Picture prize while filmmaker Shirley Frimpong-Manso picked up two awards, one in the Writing/Screenplay category and the other in the Best Directing category. Nadia Buari won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (English Language) for her role in Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Checkmate.
In line with its Say NO! to Violence campaign championed by Hollwyood actress Nicole Kidman, 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 in their lives.
“We are so excited to have the endorsement of UNIFEM Ghana. 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,” said an elated filmmaker Leila Djansi.
“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 defense that is proactive.
The screen play was written and directed by 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,Ghana.
“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 globe,” said Mr. 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 organization 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” is produced by Turning Point Pictures. The film successfully premiered on Nov. 13, in Accra Ghana, and is headed to the Domestic US and international market for distribution.
Leila Djansi story and screenplay
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Jimah Sanson
Yemi Blaq ... Dr Zach Mathews
Chris Attoh ... Mensah
Louis Marcus ... Jimahs' friend
Ama Abebrese ... Pabi
Doris Sakitey ... Mrs. Dodou
Grace Nortey ... Grandma
Amanda Jissie ... Ms Olu
Lawrence Hanson ... Panel member
Narki Adulai ... Wedding Guest
Joe Akpali ... Bank Manager
Faustina Aheto ... Mourner
Natascha Mieke ... Dr. Samantha Rogers
Avissey Gbormitah ... Man under the tree
Michelle Hogba ... Herself
Trustina Fafa Sarbah ... Stella
Samir Yaw White ... Mourner
Akosua Agyepong ... Mama May
Valarie Kessie ... Harlott
Archibald Etse ... Son
Mrs. Julia Djansi ... Panel Member
Afi Dzakpasu ... Singer at Bar
Eddie Coffie ... Obed
Peter Etse ... Priest
Theodore Baidoo .... producer
Leila Djansi .... producer
Dave Harper .... executive producer
Winrich Kolbe .... executive producer
Nora Kumahor .... line producer
Nick Manousakis .... producer associate
Tonita Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Film Editing by
Production Design by
Tony Prince Tometi
Art Direction by
Set Decoration by
Albert Aidoo Bevell
Costume Design by
Aku Emilia Banini .... key hair stylist
Abby Lyle .... key makeup artist
Abby Lyle .... key special effects makeup
Sandra Kumah .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kristina Perez .... first assistant director
Asantewa Cokee Prempeh .... second assistant director
Johnson Edu Jay .... set designer
Issifu Teekay .... props
Francis Dua .... cable wrangler
Jeffrey Dyal .... sound editor
Travis Groves .... sound recordist
William Manning .... dialogue editor
James Pete .... sound effects editor
Kwame Sefa .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Anne Carson .... first assistant camera
John David Devirgiliis .... second assistant camera
Jason Peprah .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nuela Perez .... wardrobe supervisor
Leila Djansi .... soundtrack
Okyeame Quophi .... musical director
Hope Fia .... unit driver
Sammy Iyang .... transportation coordinator
William Percy .... driver: cast
Tom Brown .... script supervisor
Ameyaw Debra .... unit publicist
Florence Djansi .... production staff
Mrs. Julia Djansi .... researcher
Avissey Gbormitah .... location manager
Guud Kelly .... production coordinator
Tonita Perry .... publicist
Gyasi Wiafe .... production accountant
Oliver Abada .... thanks
Dave Harper .... very special thanks
Stratton Leopold .... special thanks
Azumah Nelson .... special thanks
Mawuli School .... the producers wish to thank
Turning Point Pictures
NeoClassics Films (2010) (Non-USA) (theatrical)