MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 31, 2019 - Memphis-based filmmaker Anwar Jamison has completed filming his most ambitious project to date, Coming to Africa. With the majority of principal shooting taking place in Accra, Ghana, the movie provides a view of an African country rarely, if ever, captured in American cinema. The film aims to shatter stereotypes and provide a refreshing point-of-view of life on the continent while entertaining a massive audience.
Khalil Kain, primarily known for his roles in the Ernest Dickerson-directed film Juice, and the Kelsey Grammar-produced show Girlfriends, plays the lead in the movie. The film also features a who's who of Ghanaian cinema including Nana Ama McBrown, David Dontoh and Paulina Oduro.
"Growing up in America, we get a very one-sided view of life in African countries," explains Jamison. "I wanted to show a completely different side that's more comparable to the day to day life of someone in an American city. There are a lot more similarities than popular images would have you believe. I wanted to highlight that, but also show the differences all while telling an entertaining story."
The plot centers around Adrian Buckner, who equates happiness with corporate success with little regard for familial or cultural ties. After an unexpected series of events, he embarks on a journey that opens his eyes and his heart to what he previously found unimaginable.
Jamison, along with only a handful of American crew members, spent 2 1/2 weeks in Accra working on the film. The rest of the crew in Accra was comprised of native Ghanaians. They returned to Memphis and wrapped the film at the end of July.
Jamison is expecting an early 2020 premiere on the festival circuit before returning to Ghana for a special African premiere in July. "The positive response from the entertainment industry in Ghana was amazing," Jamison reveals. "I expect it to be even greater when they get to see the finished product. I can't wait."