Ben & Ara
WINTER FILM AWARDS 2016 WINNER - BEST PICTURE
WINNER - BEST ACTRESS (CONSTANCE EJUMA)
- United States, Cameroon
- 86 mins
Feature Film Competition
|Constance Ejuma, Joseph Baird, Samone Norsworthy, Q'orianka Kilcher|
|Constance Ejuma, Joseph Baird, Q'orianka Kilcher , Michael Chieffo , Akuyoe Graham , William Mark McCullough , Mohamed Dione , Emily Saliers|
Ben Johnson is a struggling PhD candidate in the school of philosophy. It is his seventh year and this is the semester that he must finish his dissertation or all his work will be for nothing. He runs into Ara, a fellow PhD candidate, who is everything he is not: a successful, focused student about to get her doctorate, and a devout Muslim while he’s fervently agnostic. From their first meeting, the winds of fate set in and what follows is an unlikely romance between two people from different worlds. The film explores the possibilities and the limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and intercultural relationships in our society.
Nnegest Likké is a passionate filmmaker with 10 years experience working as a professional writer/director in Hollywood. The internationally distributed feature film, ‘Phat Girlz’ by Fox Studios, starring Academy Award winner Mo’Nique marked Nnegest’s feature film debut. She is currently working on her 3rd feature film, ‘Everything But A Man,’ starring Monica Calhoun (The Best Man franchise), Camille Winbush (The Bernie Mac Show), and Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Joy).