Aissa's Story

writer/director -  Iquo B. Essien

director of photography - Michael Rossetti

Aissatou Bah is an African immigrant housekeeper and single mother recovering from an encounter with Henrik Keppler, a wealthy hotel guest who sexually assaulted her.

When the District Attorney decides not to go to trial—due to a lie she told to get asylum—Keppler moves on, a free man, while Aissa is plagued by flashbacks to the assault.

But when her daughter Rama gets bullied, Aissa must find a way to regain her daughter’s trust and repair their broken relationship. How will she find justice and her lost dignity?

Cast : Jennifer Tchiakpe, Hadiza Adam, Ebbe Bassey, Doug Barron

Executive Producers: EMEKA OBI, IME LEWIS
Producers: BELYNDA HARDIN, SUE-ELLEN CHITUNYA
Director of Photography: MIKE ROSSETTI
Editors: IQUO B. ESSIEN, TAKAHISA SHIRAISHI
Sound: DAVID GRINBAUM, JOSE FRIAS, AMR SOUND
Costume Design: ENIOLA DAWODU
ADs: PAMELA MORIARTY, CHRISTOPHER ZOU

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AWARDS

Jennifer has received: the Acting Award@ First Run Film Festival 2013; and  the Interpretation Prize @Festival Image et Vie 2015

Aissa’s Story was nominated for the 2013 Student Academy Awards, 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and the 2015 Panafrican Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou.

 

It has screened at prestigious global festivals including the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival (Best Student Short), Ecrans Noir, and bfm International Film Festival.