Actress Nana Mensah shares with’s Gameli Hamelo, why it’s important Ghanaians support the post production campaign of her movie ‘Queen of Glory’.

“Queen of Glory” is about family, identity, and growing up in the face of grief. The film begins with protagonist, Sarah Obeng (Nana Mensah), leaving her Ph.D. program at Columbia to follow her professor/married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, Sarah becomes heiress to King of Glory Christian bookstore in the Bronx that is currently being run by the manager (and tattooed ex-convict), Pitt. To boot, she has to navigate making traditional funeral arrangements with her difficult father, who has flown back from Ghana, to bury his estranged wife. Life in the bookstore teaches funny lessons as “Sarah” attempts to equalize in the wake of sudden adulthood.

Interview text below

Did your Ghanaian heritage influence writing the script of the movie? How?

Absolutely! The film is about a Ghanaian – American, which is already unprecented – as well as the push and pull of the old and new worlds. The Struggles detailed between the main character, Sarah and her father, Godwin, are about the schism we afropolitans face.

Is there a possibility that the movie will be premiered in Ghana?

I would LOVE to do that, and it’s certainly in our plans but it will ultimately be up to our distributor.

Apart from you, is there any other Ghanaian, a member of the cast or production team? What role do they play?

Absolutely! Baff Akoto (Football Fables) is a Ghanaian-Brit and one of the producers. He was very involved in the script developmental stage. Additionally, there are many Ghanaian cast members in the film (a lot of them family members), and Oberon K.A. Adjepong, who plays my father , is Ghanaian-America.

Any specific reason why you are targeting film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale , Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival?

We are looking to expand this story to a broad, not just Ghanaians at home or in the diaspora. I believe it is revolutionary – an act of great pride in my culture – to want Europe and America to see this first generation immigrant tale that features some Twi and some traditional Ghanaian funeral rites. It is a world that is skimmed over in history books, and I want to shed light on it.

Why did you start the post production campaign on KickStarter? Why should Ghanaians support it?

Simply put, Ghanaians should support one of their own because it is time for us to stop allowing the West to dictate our story. Supporting films made by Africans in the Diaspora is a way to strengthen our reach.

Click HERE to support the campaign.

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