Trailer: 'On Monday of Last Week' - New Film based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Short Story

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June 21st 2017

Here's your first look at the new trailer for filmmaker/producer/artist Akosua Adoma Owusu’s latest film "On Monday of Last Week" which she produced and directed through her production company Obibini Pictures, LLC. The film is also one of eight nominated for Best Short Film at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

Based on the short story by acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Monday" tells the "complicated story of a Nigerian woman named Kamara, who is hired by Neil and his wife, Tracy, an artist, to help care for their young child. Kamara soon realizes that she wants to be Tracy’s muse, and begins to question her pre-conceived notions of identity, attraction and beauty".

The cast of the film includes Chinasa Ogbuagu (“The Following”), Karyn Parsons (“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Peter Rini (“Orange is the New Black”), Jill Shackner (“The Americans”), and Farouk James Prempeh, who is making his acting debut.

The AMAA nominations were announced last month and will be awarded on July 15th in Lagos, Nigeria. Ms. Owusu's previous short film, "Kwaku Ananse," won the 2013 AMAA for Best Short Film. Her upcoming feature projects include “Black Sunshine” and “Save the Rex” a part-real life, part-fictionalized feature film about her campaign to restore Accra’s historic Rex cinema.

With regards to "On Monday of Last Week" and the film's nomination, Ms. Owusu said that she was “humbled and grateful for the opportunity to translate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story onto film... My previous films have been inspired by folk stories so I was honored to adapt this compelling work of literature from a contemporary African writer and render it in my film style."

She added that, "Adichie’s short story is very much in line with themes I’ve explored in previous works – especially ideas of conventional beauty and identity.”

The Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, scored the film production with frequent collaborator Drvmroll; meanwhile, Grammy-nominated French duo Les Nubians composed original music for the "On Monday of Last Week" soundtrack.

Here's the trailer

by Sergio Mims on June 21st 2017
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