Living Funeral, a movie dedicated to creating awareness about Breast Cancer and to sensitise the public to embrace early detection as the only veritable solution to overcoming the disease, is directed by Udoka Oyeka and produced by Mrs Orode Ryan-Okpu, Founder,
Pink Pearl Foundation.
The film tells the inspirational story of Yvette, a young woman coming to terms with the reality of her battle with breast cancer. It portrays the unbelievable journey of hope, valour and despair told through the eyes of the lead character’s sister (played by same actress – Stephanie Wilson) and her hard-hearted mother (Ameye) who struggled to come to terms with her daughter’s illness. To help her family deal with their anguish, Yvette holds a mock funeral while still alive.
Since Living Funeral premiered in Lagos and later Asaba in 2013, it has since received tremendous reviews from entertainment and public service critics. Its success has also garnered the movie impressive recognition and accolade, one of which is its nomination in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards – AMVCAs 2014.
With 27 categories in total, Living Funeral has been nominated in eight(8) categories including; Best Movie 2013 (Orode Ryan-Okpu and Udoka Oyeka); Best Movie-Drama (Orode Ryan-Okpu and Udoka Oyeka); Best Movie Director (Udoka Oyeka); Best Actress in a Drama (Stephanie Wilson); Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (Liz Ameye). Others include: Best Writer-Drama (Akpor Kagho); Best Cinematographer (Idhebor Kagho); and Best Lighting Designer (Godwin Daniel).
According to the organizers, viewers have the power to select the winner by voting via SMS or online at HYPERLINK "http://www.amvcaawards.dstv.com" www.amvcaawards.dstv.com . The winners in the other technically focused categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges.
General public can vote for Liz Benson (Ameye) as the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, by texting the code in bracket (4C) to: +2783142100415; Stephanie Wilson as the Best Actress Living Funeral, by texting the code in bracket (3A) to: +2783142100415 or visit the link – HYPERLINK "http://www.amvcaawards.com/nomineeslist" www.amvcaawards.com/nomineeslist to vote in other categories.
The grand award ceremony will hold on Saturday, March 8, 2014 to celebrate all who have contributed to Africa’s film-making industry over the last 12 months. This is the second edition of Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards organised in conjunction with MultiChoice with the aim of recognizing and rewarding excellence in African film and Television.