Local Movie Filmed in Liberty County, Ga. Receives African Film Oscar at the African Movie Academy Awards

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The film “Ben & Ara,” which was primarily filmed in Liberty County, Ga., and was produced by Savannah native Samone Norsworthy, was nominated and received the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Diaspora feature.
The AMAA’s were held at the Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

“Ben & Ara” follows the struggles of an Islamic woman who falls in love with an agnostic man. It highlights the religious and cultural differences between the two lovers and how the families and community react to their relationship.

“After reading the script for ‘Ben & Ara,’ I immediately fell in love with the story,” said Norsworthy, the movie’s executive producer/production manager. “It has been an honor to produce this film, and I’m excited that it has brought international attention to our local film industry.”

“Ben & Ara” has won more than ten major awards. The film features Savannah native William Mark Mccullough, actor, director and producer, as well as other local cast and crew members.

The AMAAs are considered to be Africa’s most important film event and the most prestigious film award in Africa. AMAA is an offshoot of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the historic film values, is geared towards research, training and promoting film making in Africa. For a full list of AMAA winners, visit http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/06/amaa-2016-full-list-winners/

“Ben & Ara” will screen at the Big River Film Festival on Saturday, July 9, in the Johnny Mercer Theater at 5 p.m. The cast and crew will be in attendance and will hold a Q&A session after the show. For more information about “Ben & Ara,” visit http://www.benandara.com. Twitter: @BenandAra

The Big River Film Festival will take place in Savannah, Ga., from Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10. The international film festival will offer access to creative voices through film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with successful film artists. More than 120 films will be screened, and 41 countries will be represented.
For more information, on the Big River Film Festival, visit www.bigriverfilmfestival.com. Twitter: Big_River_Film

ABOUT THE AFRICAN MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS
The African Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA and The AMA Awards (dubbed ‘The African Oscars’), are presented annually to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. Founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and organized through the Africa Film Academy, the awards are aimed at honoring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture.
The AMA awards are considered to be Africa’s most important film event and the most prestigious film award in Africa. For more information, visit http://ama-awards.com/v2/

ABOUT BIG RIVER FILM FESTIVAL
The Big River Film Festival will take place in Savannah, Ga., from Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10. It is an international film festival that will offer access to creative voices through film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with successful film artists.
More than 120 films will be screened, and 41 countries will be represented.
The festival is a chance to discover new films and new voices as well as experience the art of film making and explore TV, Web series and alternative media. For more information, follow them on Twitter: Big_River_Film or visit www.bigriverfilmfestival.com. Big River Film Festival is a 501 ( c )(3).

CONTACT
Samone T. Norsworthy
Big River Film Festival
912.977.1632
info@bigriverfilmfestival.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

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