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12th December 2011, 04:26 PM
Female filmmakers from Africa have taken the continent's movie industry a step further in recent times.

Female directors Chineze Anyaene in Nollywoods most successful film, ' Ije', and Leila Djansi's ' Sinking Sands' from Ghana are few classic examples.

Africa is about to witness another landmark achievement as a US-based Ghanaian filmmaker, Yaa Boaa Aning, parts the curtains for ' Bleeding Sunshine' , an international feature film on human trafficking.

Yaa has just wrapped up the Ghana shoot of the feature but would take shots from some other significant locations in Egypt, Dubai and Israel.

' Bleeding Sunshine' sheds light on the intricacies of human trafficking, with emphasis on African teenagers trafficked to other parts of the world, especially to Europe, for commercial sexual exploitation. It tackles some of the modus operandi of traffickers, while sharing information on victim's ordeal.

This brings to bare the nightmares of a young Ghanaian girl played by Suzzy Norbile, who was adopted from her humble fishing village and thrust into the gritty world of international human trafficking.

Yaa Boaa Aning wrote the film's script five years ago when she was doing a research on Interpol. Through the research, she came across an article which inspired her to further investigate human trafficking cases.

Yaa Boaa, a University of North Carolina alumna who has worked in Hollywood for the last decade, is fascinated by the beautiful locations in Ghana and said it was one of the factors that inspired the feature.

'I mean it is so beautiful out here. Part of the reasons to shoot was to show Ghana in a way it has never been shown before to the world. There is going to be photo-tourism. Everywhere we turned our camera there is richness of culture and we want people in abroad to see and remind people that leave here how special this place is and also inspire them to look after it,' she told BEATWAVES .

With heart-throbbing scenes, the story of ' Bleeding Sunshine' is told with a great cast from around world, one reason the movie is expected to sell internationally, aside its theme.

Although Hollywood's cast are to be made public, the film's African cast will include ' Hotel Rwanda' star Hakeem Kae-Kazim; 2011 (AMAA) Best Actress Ama K; 2011 Pan African Best Actor- Chris Attoh; 2010 (AMAA) Best Actor -Adjetey Anang (Pusher); 1996 Oakland Black Film Achievement Winner Amonobea Dodoo; 2011 Tanzanias Best Actor Steven Kanumba; 1998 USIS Award Winner-Omar Sheriff Captan, with new-comer Suzzy Norbile, Hashim Kambi, Jasmine Baroudi, Lady Arafua, Afro-Soul sensation Katou whose single ' Happy Endings' just set the R&B charts on fire & Lucy Kwao.

Yaa Boaa began her career in advertising in NY, but bored with the lack of creative expression, she decided to try her hand at fashion show production with some of the most famous houses in the world-Giorgio Armani, BCBG and Betsey Johnson etc.

Fashion Styling production led her to film costuming, which ultimately exposed her to filmmaking, working with such acclaimed directors as Michael Mann, Bill Condon and John Singleton. Never letting go of her passion for writing, between 2007 and 2010, Yaa Boaa completed her first 5 film scripts.