Well-known Ghanaian actor, David Dontoh, will be in New York in the United States from Saturday, December 3 to Friday, December 9 as a special guest of the 24th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF). On Tuesday, December 6, four films featuring David Dontoh will be screened at the Cinepolis Cinema in Manhattan.
The films are Kukurantumi- Road To Accra and No Time To Die, both by King Ampaw; Silent Moment by Kobi Rana and Like Cotton Twines by Leila Djansi.
Dontoh will then be part of a panel discussion on the state of the Ghanaian film industry today after the showing of Like Cotton Twines.
A product of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, Dontoh is an award-winning actor and an advocate for the improvement of the Ghanaian entertainment industry.
He said he was thrilled and surprised at the same time when he received the invitation from the festival organisers because he didn’t know how they had so much insight into his acting career.
“Apparently, King Ampaw, the film director, had been in touch with somebody close to the festival about my work as an actor and that was how I got invited as a special guest,” Dontoh said.
According to him, the recent passing of the Film Bill by Parliament raises some hopes for the film industry in terms of investment and quality control and he would touch on that and other relevant issue during the panel discussion on Ghanaian cinema.
Other special events at the festival will include spotlights on Nigeria, Senegal,.Black Australia and Afro-Latino films.
Sixty–six films from 30 countries will show at the festival which took off on November 25 and ends on December 11.
Created in November 1993, ADIFF attracts a wide cross-section of cinema audiences who share a common interest for thought-provoking, well-crafted, intelligent and entertaining stories about the experiences of people of colour.