"IN AMERICA" The Movie
Hits Cinemas Across Nigeria in September
The 2011AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARD (AMAA) WINNER OF
"BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN ABROAD"
Boston, MA - What makes an African immigrant in the United States lament that "in the past they were forcing us into slavery, but today we're voluntarily selling ourselves into it"? This is a question posed by Sade George, a Nigerian immigrant in America, in Rahman Oladigbolu's first feature narrative IN AMERICA: THE STORY OF THE SOUL SISTERS, the winner of the "Best Film by an African Abroad" at the just concluded 2011 African Movie Academy Award.
IN AMERICA, starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, famous for "Phat Girlz" and "Heroes", tells the story of the inspiring friendship between two young women, Sade George and Sonya Muhammad. Sade, a Nigerian medical student seeking better professional opportunity in the United States finds herself caught up in the American immigration war. With the political heat mounting on illegal immigrants, she faces a dilemma: she either continues to live on the fringes of the American society, where there's no hope for her career goal, or give up all hope on the American dream. Tai Ojo is her old neighborhood uncle who has been struggling in America for more than 15 years. With Sade under his watch, he thinks it may be an opportunity for him to do something good for someone, something better than he had done for himself. But the demons in his own life are up against him, and they would test his will as he shares a roof with such a young woman as Sade.
"In America is a movie that speaks to two worlds at the same time: Africa and America", says Rudolf Okonkwo, a New York based syndicated columnist and an actor in the movie, "and it does this by unfolding the iconic experience of a Nigerian immigrant, a character that all African immigrants in the United States easily recognize." In the on-going evolution of global economy and culture, people of African descents have a lot to prove and contribute, and Rahman insists that "we're not letting others do it for us." With IN AMERICA, he intends to be a voice that tells the African immigrant story, and of reconciliation in the complex relationship between African immigrants and African-Americans.
The movie just screened officially at the Cannes Pan African Film Festival, France, and the movie has also been featured at many festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa, and has won accolades and awards, among which is "2010 Best Emerging Filmmaker" at the Roxbury International Film Festival.
On the much-coveted AMAA award, Rahman confesses that it feels great to win the Award, but he sees it more as a challenge to do better in the future. "I see the award more as a challenge to carry the Nigerian/African in me to a greater cinematic heights in the world," he says, "And this is what I am committed to do." Rahman is committed also to letting people get the opportunity to see the movie across Africa. In September, IN AMERICA is coming to cinemas across Nigeria, after which it will open in Ghana, Kenya, and other African countries.
WHAT: IN AMERICA, staring Jimmy Jean-Louis of Heroes and Phat Girlz, is coming to cinemas in Nigeria.
When: September 9th, 2011
Where: All Silverbird, Genesis, Ozone, and other cinemas located across Nigeria and Accra.
Special Premiere screening will be held on Wednesday September 7th at Genesis Deluxe Cinema, The Palms Shopping Mall, BIS Way, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. Starting at 6:00pm. All members of the press are invited.
For more information on IN AMERICA and to watch trailer, please visit the film's official website, http://inamericathemovie.com/
For interview opportunities please contact:
United States: Nigeria:
Rudolf Okonkwo Joy Bewaji
Phone: (617) 697-1733 Phone: 08033286604