14-year old Ghanaian, Attah Abraham, recently won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He won the award for his performance in Beasts of No Nation, where he played the role of Agu, an 11-year-old orphan-turned-child soldier in an unnamed African country.
Abraham was discovered whilst playing football with other kids. He was casted for the movie after going through an audition and he played the role so well, it seemed as if he had been in front of a camera all his life. He was able to connect to the character’s pain and struggles. Reportedly, the director of the movie, Cary Fukunaga, who was impressed by his performance has decided to fund Abraham’s education.
The movie Beasts of No Nation was adapted from a 2005 novel by Uzodinma Iweala which takes its title from the 1989 album of the same name by Fela Kuti.
This is an inspiring story… We hope to see more of Abraham on our screens!
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