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Ben & Ara

WINTER FILM AWARDS 2016 WINNER - BEST PICTURE
WINNER - BEST ACTRESS (CONSTANCE EJUMA)

  • 2015
  • United States, Cameroon
  • 86 mins
  • English

Feature Film Competition

Nnegest Likké
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).

Awards

2015 All Lights India International Film Festival (India) – Honorary Mention: Best Feature Film
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Actor Nominee, Joseph Baird
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Actress Nominee, Constance Ejuma
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Director
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Supporting Actor, Nominee Michael Chieffo
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Special Jury Award: Outstanding Feature Film
2015 Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival (USA) – Official Winner 3rd Place Feature

About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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