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After wins at Berlin Film Festival, Jozi Film Festival and most recently Monaco Charity Film Festival, Man on Ground is proving to be a huge success world-wide; and with a cast including Hakeem Kae-Kazim (24/Hotel Rwanda), Fabian Adeoye Lojede (Jacob’s Cross) and Fano Mokoena it’s no surprise why. With wins such as Best Feature Film at Jozi Film Festival already under their belt, Mokoena went on to recently scoop the award for Best Actor in a supporting role as well as Akin Omotoso receiving Special Jury Prize for this incredible film at the African Movie Academy Awards. Man on Ground is a bold and exacting portrayal of rising xenophobia in South Africa. Omotoso casts the story of Femi, a young Nigerian man played by Fabian Adeoye Lojede living in the African refugee tenements of Johannesburg who disappears against the backdrop of animosity against immigrants flaring into violent rioting. In the pan of a single night, his brother (Ade) played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim, on a short visit from London, tries to elucidate the mystery. Varietypraise Man on Ground saying it’s “A cross hybridization of BBC police thriller and Bergmanesque meditation on intra-African immigration.  While Photomusicality says “writer/director Akin Omotoso exemplifies the kind of filmmaking that makes cinema worthwhile with a film that’s thoughtful, intelligent and heartbreaking.” Man on Ground is produced by T.O.M pictures and while it is only Akin Omotoso’s second feature, his feature film debut was the acclaimed ‘God if African’ and he has also directed many shorts. This exciting film is inspired by real events and partnered with The National Film and Video Foundation South Africa and the International Organization for Immigration who share “Even though the film is set in South Africa, the lessons are relevant and applicable globally.” With an amazing cast, a talented director and a subject that is both real and controversial, this film takes you on an exciting ride. For more information visit: Trailer  

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This article was first published on 28th May 2012 and updated on May 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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