Kwaw Ansah’s new film premieres tomorrow
Filmmaker Kwaw Ansah’s latest work, Praising The Lord Plus One, will be premiered at the National Theatre tomorrow, September 15. There will be two screenings at 3.30pm and 7.00pm.
The film which stars some of this country’s best-known actors is the director’s take on the current proliferation of supposed men of God whose real aims are to dupe unsuspecting believers. It is a topic he had been rearing to tackle for a while now and he does it succinctly in the film.
The veteran director relies on a posse of good actors who help a lot to translate his ideas into reality.
The key actors in Praising The Lord Plus One are Ecow Smith-Asante, Ama K. Abebrese, Adjetey Anang, Albert Jackson-Davis, Anima Misa, Eddie Nartey, Martin Owusu, Mary Yirenkyi, Addokwei Moffat, Vivienne Achor, Dzifa Glikpoe, Fred Amugi and Akosua Agyapong.
The story unfolds mainly through the activities of Prophet Gabriel. The character portrayed by Ecow Smith-Asante is a smart-talking, money-loving fellow keen to exploit the weaknesses of people. He has operatives who scout for information which he then uses to ‘intimidate’ various persons.
Ama K. Abebrese turns in one of her finest screen appearances as the married woman raped by Prophet Gabriel. She expresses various emotions with real tact and manages to make us feel the pain and confusion of a woman in a dilemma.
One of Kwaw Ansah’s gifts as a director is the way he works on actors to deliver exactly what he wants. He does exactly that on Praising The Lord Plus One which results in fine acting from nearly all the cast.
The film ends with Prophet Gabriel’s crooked ways being uncovered. He gets away with rape which everybody knows is a crime punishable by law. That bit may not sit well with audiences but then, it even happens in real life.
Ansah says his real reason for tackling the subject of false prophets is to make more people aware of their existence and their variety of ploys to defraud people.
Eerybody understands as being unco ‘unclothed’ realized for Some people may have a problem with how the film ends.
‘Many people are not thinking for themselves anymore. They must consult their pastors on every little thing about their lives. We are becoming more and more gullible and some smart folks are taking the advantage to swindle us,’ Ansah says.
As expected of the director, technical execution is largely on point. Kofi Asante has gradually matured as a Director of Photography and he works well to capture mood and atmosphere with both natural and artificial lighting.
Praising The Lord Plus One is a timely product that touches on an important aspect of life in this country today. It is worth seeing to explore how Ansah handles the serious problem of faith and false men of God.
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