Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mark OKraku Mantey, has commended Parables Animation Studios and collaborators, for a successful premiere of the animation film, ’28th, The Crossroads’.
Mark Okraku expressing his appreciation, assured that government is ready to “support such creative initiatives to help boost the industry”. According to the Deputy Minister, this initiative is very commendable and advised more creatives to venture into such projects.
The premiere of the long-awaited animated film, ’28th, The Crossroads’, saw its first audience and it was quite the momentous event, according to reports. The movie is Ghana’s first featured animation and was released on the 28th February, 2022 to a “full house” at the Silverbird Cinema, Accra Mall.
Per reports, people from all ages and walks of life came to see the retelling of one of the major events leading to Ghana’s Independence from British Colonial Rule. The lively film was both educational and entertaining and although it was an animated film, the impact of the events was not lost on viewers, according to reports. Some reports even noted that “there were moments where some of the audience were moved to tears”.
At the end of the movie, one member of the audience suggested that they collectively sing Ghana’s National Anthem and they did, reports indicated.
In an interview, the Director of the movie, Mr. Cycil Jones Abban, expressed his gratitude for the success of the film.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s fulfilling for me personally. The boundary has just been broken. Ghana has moved out of obscurity in animation and we are now in the limelight. We can also produce feature films and films that will talk about our history. We are telling the stories ourselves. For me, I think it’s a breakthrough. Henceforth, it’s going to be visibility and more works, content for people to be excited about. So, more is to be expected from Parables”.Mr. Cycil Jones Abban
’28th, The Crossroads’ will be showing again at the Accra Mall and West Hills Mall Cinemas on Saturday, 5th March and at the Kumasi City Mall on the 7th March 2022.
More Animations to be released
Parables studios has four more animations lined up with one set for the end of the year which will similarly be centered around the Ghanaian heritage.
’28th, The Crossroads’ is set in the footprints of the 28th February 1948’s, shooting incident. The film illustration, through the creative medium of animation, re-creates the memorable Christiansburg Crossroad shooting incident, in which, the three-second world war veterans were shot in cold blood.
The feature film is mainly woven around the key architects of the Crossroads event, Seargent, Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey. These heroes had returned home after fighting for the British Empire, with dashed hopes and promises. The British, after making lots of promises to resettle them in dignity, however, failed them.
This illustrative piece retraces their attempts at re-integrating into the society they left behind and their frustrations.