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2016 WINNER – BEST PICTURE and BEST ACTRESS (CONSTANCE EJUMA)

Ben & Ara February 23 8-11:30PM
Director Nnegest Likké
Producer Constance Ejuma, Joseph Baird, Samone Norsworthy, Q’orianka Kilcher
Starring Joseph Baird, Constance Ejuma, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Akuyoe Graham
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Feature Film Competition
United States Cameroon 86 Mins
2015 English

Ben Johnson is a struggling PhD candidate in the school of philosophy. It is his seventh year and this is the semester that he must finish his dissertation or all his work will be for nothing. He runs into Ara, a fellow PhD candidate, who is everything he is not: a successful, focused student about to get her doctorate, and a devout Muslim while he’s fervently agnostic. From their first meeting, the winds of fate set in and what follows is an unlikely romance between two people from different worlds. The film explores the possibilities and the limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and intercultural relationships in our society.

2015 All Lights India International Film Festival (India) – Honorary Mention: Best Feature Film
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Actor Nominee, Joseph Baird
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Actress Nominee, Constance Ejuma
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Director
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Best Supporting Actor, Nominee Michael Chieffo
2015 Hollywood International Film Festival (USA) – Special Jury Award: Outstanding Feature Film
2015 Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival (USA) – Official Winner 3rd Place Feature

About The Director
Nnegest Likk? Nnegest Likké  is a passionate filmmaker with 10 years experience working as a professional writer/director in Hollywood. The internationally distributed feature film, Phat Girlz by Fox Studios, starring Academy Award winner Mo’Nique marked Nnegest’s feature film debut. She is currently working on her 3rd feature film, Everything But A Man‘ starring Monica Calhoun (The Best Man franchise), Camille Winbush (The Bernie Mac Show), and Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Joy).
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