Patrons who made it to the Silverbird Cinemas at the Accra Mall last Monday, to watch Ghanaian movie, Azali, left in an emotional state as the movie, which addresses issues of streetism, child labour among others tugged at their hearts.
Some of the patrons told the Daily Graphic that they came to watch the movie based on word of mouth recommendations but had not expected how it turned out.
"It can't end like that. We need to know what happens to the father and the baby," one of the people who attended the movie said.
Another one had no words after watching the film. "It was a heavy movie; I'm still settling down in my mind so I can't really comment on it,” the patron said.
The premiere attracted a number of big names in the movie industry including Chief Executive Officer of Venus Films, Abdul Salam Mumuni; actor, Ken Fiati; director,Pascal Ackah among others.
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Azali, which stars actors such as Asana Alhassan (who played the lead role), Akofa Edjeani, Adjetey Anang, Ama K. Abebrese, Mohammed Halfiz, Strika among others, weaves an emotional story about some of the societal ills we are dealing with such as child marriage and human trafficking.
The story is centered on Amina, a 14-year-old girl from northern Ghana who has a bright future. However, circumstances thrust her to Accra and she must endure a hard life in the slums and try to find a way to get back home.
Azali made the rounds at some film festivals including the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and the Montreal Film Festival.
It scooped three awards at AFRIFF including Best Actress for Asana Alhassan, Best Screeplay and Best Feature Film for director, Kwabena Gyansah.
It won eight awards at the Ghana Movie Awards held in December including Best Picture and Best Directing.
The premiere at the Silverbird Cinemas kicks off a series of showings for the movie nationwide in the producers’ bid to bring attention to the issues it throws the spotlight on.