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"Ava and Duante" EbonyLife is making a movie about the fate of Afro Germans under Nazis

MO Abudu's EbonyLife Films is making a movie about the plight of Afro Germans under Hitler, titled "Ava and Duante."

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An Afro-German during the Hitler years play

An Afro-German during the Hitler years

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EbonyLife is making a movie about the fate of Afro Germans under Nazis, titled "Ava and Duante."

Set in Europe, "Ava and Duante" will focus on the plight of Afro Germans who suffered under the reign of Hitler.

The film is inspired by an article by a Professor of German Historical Studies at the University of Liverpool, Eve Rosenhaft, on the Nazi "secret" mission to sterilize hundreds of Afro German children.

An Afro-German boy with his school mates during the reign of the Third Reich play

An Afro-German boy with his school mates during the reign of the Third Reich

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Speaking about her decision to adapt the story, the Chief Executive of EbonyLife MO Abudu said, "When I read about it, I just thought we need to put this to screen," says Abudu.

"There are many children in that era born of African and German parentage and I felt what happened to those people. Their stories are totally untold."

Abudu has described the movie as one with global appeal. In developing the film's plot, she commissioned scriptwriter Nicole Brown to investigate the events.

It took 15 weeks of revision to get right the script and angle they wanted to tell the story from.

MO Abudu is the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Films play

MO Abudu is the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Films

 

The lead characters Ava is the daughter of a wealthy German industrialist and Nazi sympathizer, while Duante is a Cameroonian who works in her father's factory.

The pair fall in love and must get their little girl out of the country or risk sterilization and the concentration camp.

EbonyLife Films' other anticipated projects include the sequel to "The Wedding Party," "Royal Hibiscus Hotel," and "Fifty The Series."

"Ava and Duante" is scheduled for a 2018 release.

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