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Cannes 2011 Screening – “Sinking Sands”

Cannes 2011 Screening - "Sinking Sands"

I have been informed that Ghanaian born filmmaker, Leila Djansi, now resident in the US, will be screening her second feature film, Sinking Sands at Cannes Film Festival this year.

Sinkng Sands stars Jimmy Jean Louis, perhaps best known for his role as “The Haitian” on NBC’s hit drama series Heroes,” and British-Ghanaian actress and former TV presenter, Ama K Abebrese, as Jimah and Pabi, respectively, a couple whose match seems made in heaven until a domestic accident turns their loving marriage into one of violence and abuse and Pabi has to choose between love and life, companionship and independence. The film cuts across race and sex, demanding answers and self evaluation from individuals in all types of bondage, particularly women.

It’ll be one of the films on my to-see list and I’ll review it here shortly after its Cannes screening. In the meantime, here’s a trailer.

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I would like to say I am sorry if my comment came off as negative toward the people who made this film. I am a big fan of Jimmy Jean Louis, and when I heard about this film through a friend I started to follow it. I happen to be going to the Cannes Film Festival this year, so when I read on Indiewire that “Sinking Sands” was screening at the festival I got really excited, especially since I have been trying to find this movie (screenings/DVDs) for months now with no luck! However, after looking at the schedule and not finding it there I did about 10 minutes of research and found out it was screening at the Film Market instead. Needless to say, I was not happy with my findings and was disapointed with the writer of this article for not doing a good job researching the subject before posting it. Being invited to the Cannes Film Festival is a HUGE honor, and being able to display their “Palm” on your movie is one of the most sought-after things in the movie industry, so any article that is misleading in that sense should be fixed. I have a lot of respect for Indiewire as I have come here for quite a while to get the latest news in entertainment, and I see them as more than just a blog that has no journalistic integrity. I understand Diana’s dislike of “ghetto tabloids” as they report things without having facts to back up the stories, hence my issues with this article as I would hate to see Indiewire turn into just that. It was on one of these “tabloid” blogs that I read about “Sinking Sands” being sold already, so it was not really proper to bring it up, but it was born more out of my confusion with the situation so sorry about that as well. I have nothing against the people who made this film, rather I wish them all the best luck in the world. I am just someone who is looking forward to a fun trip to Cannes, and all I was trying to do was bring attention to the mistake in this article in the hopes that they would correct it (which they still have not). I hope this clears up any issues with my original comment.


trust Africans to down play everything. how many of your filmmakers have the 5000 euros to display at cannes? did the producers release a statement to you that the movie was sold?

why are some of you Africans so negative on your own works. shadow and act is an industry website, don’t turn it into one of the ghetto tabloids you people patronize.


This article is kind of misleading, it makes you think the film is screening at the actual Cannes Film Festival, when actually it is screening at the Marche du Film which is a film market. It is considered an honor to be invited to the actual Festival, but anyone with about 5000 euros can get a booth at the Market and a screening room for an additional 1000 euros. This is not some big honor this film received, rather it is a marketing attempt by the producers of the film to try and sell it or find distribution by paying for a booth and screening room at the Market. By the way, I thought I read on another blog that this film was already sold and had distributors? I guess not…

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