An officer of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Sakumono in the Teshie-Nungua Area of The Church of Pentecost (COP), Deacon Kwabena Eddie Mankata, has won an international award in film making.
Deacon Kwabena Mankata won the best Film/Video award at this year’s Black International Cinema XXXIV in Berlin with the film titled “Carrying Dreams” which was written and directed by himself.
The film is about a pregnant teenage girl who was literally imprisoned in an early child marriage but yet had a dream of going to school amidst other societal stigmatisation.
Carrying Dreams is one of six films from the ALL ON BOARD short project organised by Weltfilme.org in partnership with Xchange Perspectives, the Ghana YMCA, SLADEA from Sierra Leone and NAEAL from Liberia. The film features Elder Isaac Adjetey, Benedict Sarpong, Portia Neequaye, Lucielle Hushie, Samuel Berko, Kevin Ahedor and Gloria Ofori-Atta who are all members of PIWC-Sakumono.
This is the second time Kwabena has won an award in the same category. The first was “Picturing My Life,” which was also written and directed by him and shot in Sierra Leone in 2017.
Kwabena Eddie Mankata, a Civil Engineering graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has directed many plays over the past 10 years and is a talented drama and theatre arts personality. He has also authored a number of books, including “It had to be God.”
The Resident Minister of PIWC-Sakumono, Pastor Anthony Owusu Sekyere Kwarteng, last Sunday congratulated Deacon Mankata for his outstanding achievement.
Report by Isabella Gyau Orhin.