By Peterking Quaye – IJE means the journey and has been screened at several film festivals and has won awards still counting. The movie is set to be premiered in Ghana after a successful premiering in July in Nigeria, Ghana is the next stop slated for 31st December at the Silverbird Cinema ,AccraMall at7 pm .
The journey is one of the masterpiece film released this year 2010. It’s a must watch movie that has claimed over 12 awards internationally screening across the world.
Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene, Chineze Anyaene a very ambitious young woman who at 26 is the youngest director.
founder of Xandria Productions, the movie stars Omotola and Genevieve as well as Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international actors such as Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que, will also be premiered in the UK, United States and other European countries between now and next year. Immediately after the Lagos premiere, Ije:The Journey, will make its round in local cinemas across the country.
Since its production, the movie shot on 35mm, has already made headway, winning several awards,being nominated and chosen as official selections in many film festivals around the globe. These awards include Excellence in Filmmaking, Best Editing and nominations include Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film Screenplay.
It has made appearances and received accolades at film festivals such as Swansea Bay International Film Festival with Festival Patron Catherine Zeta-Jones and Festival Vice President Michael Sheen; International Youth Film Festival with Patron Sir Anthony Hopkins and the highly regarded Boston International Film Festival that holds in Boston, MA. With AMC Theaters (the largest chain of movie theatres in the US) as one of its sponsors, the Boston film feast draws a large following, and it also has many other influential sponsors that include BET, A&E Television, Bravo TV, AMC TV, Microsoft, American Express and JVC among others.
Transporting the audience from lush countryside of Nigeria, to the intensity and seductive power of Los Angeles, IJE [THE JOURNEY] tells the story of two sisters with unbreakable bonds of loyalty and the power of human spirit. When Anya, the elder of the two, vows to chase her dreams of glamour in the Hollywood Hills, her younger sister –Chioma- warns her of the dark side of American Dream.
Years later, in a world away from the life she knew, Anya is charged with the murder of three men, one of them her powerful husband. Chioma travels to her sister’s side to battle not only a flawed justice system with the aid of a young and disillusioned attorney, but the very notion of ‘truth’ as the culture values of two worlds collide. Weaving a melodic and beautiful score through rich visuals in Los Angeles and flashbacks on location in Nigeria, IJE, captures the viewer from the very first scene and delivers a powerful message through the moving conclusion.
IJE described by many critics as the first standard Nigerian made Hollywood film.
AWARDS WON by IJE are :SWANSEA BAY AREA FILM FESTICAL
Best International Student film, CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Excellence in Filmmaking,TREASURE COST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Editing, HAWAWII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Excellence in Filmmaking -SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Melvin Van Peeples Award-ARIZONA BLACK FILM SHOWCASE
Best Film Feature – VEGAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Ace Award -MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Silver Palm Award-TREASURE COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Cinematography ,TRESURE COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL