“Living Funeral”, a moving film produced by Pink Pearl Foundation, a public service charity organisation, has been nominated for eight awards at the annual AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).
The film directed by Udoka Oyeka and produced by Mrs. Orode Ryan-Okpu (Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Pink Pearl Foundation), is dedicated to creating awareness about Breast Cancer and to sensitise the public to embrace early detection.
The short, but touching film is shortlisted in eight of the 27 categories. The categories include -
Best Movie 2013 (Orode Ryan-Okpu and Udoka Oyeka); Best Movie-Drama (Orode Ryan-Okpu and Udoka Oyeka); Best Movie Director (Udoka Oyeka); Best Actress in a Drama (Stephanie Wilson); Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (Liz Ameye). Others include: Best Writer-Drama (Akpor Kagho); Best Cinematographer (Idhebor Kagho); and Best Lighting Designer (Godwin Daniel).
The award ceremony will hold on Saturday, March 8, 2014 to celebrate all who have contributed to Africa’s film-making industry over the last 12 months. The announcement was made by AfricaMagic representatives (Vimbai Mutinhiri and Lawrence Maleka) during its 10 Anniversary celebration event at the Landmark Village in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Living Funeral was first premiered in Lagos (October 2013) and later in Asaba, Delta State (December 2013). Since its release, it has had tremendous reviews from entertainment and public service critics alike.
The film tells the inspiring story of Yvette, a young woman coming to terms with her battle with breast cancer. It portrays the incredible journey of hope, bravery and despair told through the eyes of the lead character’s sister (played by same actress – Stephanie Wilson) and her hard-hearted mother (Ameye) who struggled to come to terms with her daughter’s illness. To help her family deal with their grief, Yvette holds a mock funeral while still alive.
The film stars Nollywood veterans, Liz Ameye (Benson), Norbert Young and fast-rising actress, Stephanie Wilson.
“Living Funeral” is evidence to the organization’s dedication to increasing public awareness through education about symptoms, prevention, diseases processes and the importance of regular examination for early detection.
The AMVCAs were created to acknowledge and reward the sterling contributions made by deserving Pan African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the overall success of film and television industry in African continent.