Step By Step Productions Inc. presents the Exclusive World Premiere of the feature-film, ‘Joseph’. Directed by Marcia Weekes and Produced by Marietta Carter-Narcisse, the film screens on 7th December 2019 at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in Accra, Ghana.
The exclusive invitation-only event is in partnership with Ghana Tourism Authority and the Year of Return. The film follows the life of Joseph King, a successful Jamaican doctor, who is haunted by the memories of his beloved grandfather in Accompong, the Maroon village his family originated from. Although he’s considered himself to be Jamaican all his life, he yearns to visit Africa.
His father is dismissive of any ideas of going ‘back to Africa’ because he feels it’s a step backwards for their modern family and conflict arises. Through the encouragement of his friend from medical school he embarks on a life-changing trip to Ghana, which takes him on a journey of self-discovery. This film premieres in Accra as an officially endorsed program on the Year of Return – Ghana 2019 calendar.
‘Joseph’ is an African-Caribbean drama that aims to rebuild relationships between the African and its Caribbean and diasporan family. It exemplifies the vision of bridging the gap between cultures. The diverse cast includes Kevoy Burton (Jamaica), Christopher MacFarlane (Jamaica), Alison Hinds (Barbados), Shontelle Layne (Barbados), and Stogie Kenyatta (Jamaica/USA).
There is also a strong cast of Ghanaian talent in the movie including Mawuli Gavor, Harold Amenyah, Miriam Owusu-Poku, Sika Osei, Edward Kufuor, Richard Yaw Boateng, Ernest Odame, Adjetey Anang, and Edinam Atatsi. The film aims to break into the Nollywood film market and open doors in the Caribbean.
It’s already secured a distribution deal with Film One Distribution in Nigeria and will screen at the Barbados International Film Festival in January 2020. Releases are planned in the new year for New York, Toronto and London. The Accra premiere on 7th December, is an invitation-only event, with plans for release to the public on 24th January 2020 at Silverbird Cinemas.
Step By Step Productions is an independent film company based in Barbados. They have produced six feature films with success in both local and international markets. Previous films include Barrow – Freedom Fighter, which won an African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary.