AMAA to screen 2017 Best Film nominees to fans

This year, fans of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) will get to watch movies nominated in the Best Film award category, the founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe reveals during a press conference.


“This year, we plan to show all the movies nominated in the Best Movie category at Terra Kulture” (Arts and Studio, Victoria Island Lagos) “So that people can relate to these movies and see why they are in that category”, she said. The films will be shown over a three day period.


Last year, the Best Film award was won presented to Burkina Faso‘s “Eye of the Storm“, a movie directed by Sékou Traoré and produced by Axel Guyot. It starred actors Fargrass Assandre and Ma?mouna N’diaye. The movie told the story of an idealistic lawyer who reluctantly defends a rebel, and former child soldier, on trial for war crimes. Over time, the lawyer began to understand the psychological ramifications and effects on adults of brainwashing youth for war.


The 2017 AMAA event is expected to be one of the biggest in its history so far, more so as Lagos State, as the host city is pitching in her Lagos@50 celebration. It will be the 13th instalment of the yearly award and will hold on  15th July 2017 at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. Meanwhile, actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim has been announced as the host for the 2017 event.


Movies Nominated in the AMAA 2017 Best Movie Category


1. The Last of Us

A man traversing the desert to North Africa steals a boat. When it breaks down, he begins an imaginary surrealistic odyssey where he meets an older man, who might be an altered version himself, and, in a wild landscape, rediscovers his relationship with primary nature.

Director – Ala Eddine Slim.

Producers – Mouhamed Ismail Louati, Chawkri Knis, Kamal Laaridhi, Ala Eddine Slim

Starring – Jawher Soudani, Fathi Akkari, Jihed Fourtie, Slim Majdoub, Nassreddine Belayed, Mohamed Ali Kmir, Karim Mssadak, Bachir Jîldi, Jamel Hamzaoui, Omar Zaghab

Country of production – Tunisia



2. A Mile in My Shoes

a psychological thriller that tells the story of child who, born and bred in misery and suffering, decides to take revenge on the society that has marginalized him

Director – Said Khallaf
Starring –  Amine Ennaji, Noufissa Benchaheda, Ajil Abdellah, Rawia Fatima, Abdellah Chakiri

Country of production – Morocco


3. ‘76

The story is told from two points of view: that of a young pregnant woman, and that of her husband, a soldier accused of being involved in the 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, the Head-of-State of Nigeria.

Director – Izu Ojukwu

Producers – Adonaijah Owiriwa, Izu Ojukwu

Starring – Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, Ibinabo Fiberesima

Country of production – Nigeria



Director – Akin Omotoso

Producer – Robbie Thorpe

Starring – Warren Masemola, Harriet Manamela, Sihle Xaba

Country of production – South Africa


93 Days

The story of 93 Days centres on the sacrifices made by men and women who risked their lives to make sure the Ebola virus was contained, before it becomes an epidemic when it was imported into Nigeria by a Liberian-American diplomat.

Director – Steve Gukas

Producers – Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri, Pemon Rami

Starring – Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover, Somkele Idhalama, Bimbo Manuel, Sola Oyebade

Country of production – Nigeria


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Queen of Katwe

Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads

Director – Mira Nair

Producers – John Carls, Lydia Dean Pilcher

Starring – David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga

Country of production – Uganda



A struggling single mother life in Kinshasa evolves into something far more sensually complex than it initially seems.

Director – Alain Gomis

Producer – Arnaud Dommerc

Starring: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka

Country of production – Senegal



A low-level transit worker turned drug trafficker rapid ascent in Bamako’s criminal underworld entangles him with the military, the government, and eventually al-Qaeda.

Director – Daouda Coulibaly

Producer – Eric Nevé, Oumar Sy

Starring – Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modji, Ismael N’Diaye, Jean-Marie Traoré, Habib Dembelé, Marianne N’Diaye, Quim Gutierrez, Olivier Rabourdin

Country of production – Mali


Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief

Based on the true life story of a young man who becomes a storyteller in jail.

Director – Daryne Joshua

Producer – David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa

Starring – Sandi Schultz, Gantane Kusch, Dann Jaques Mouton

Country of production – South Africa






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