The Cursed Ones

The Cursed Ones

Director: Nana Obiri-Yeboah, Maximilian Claussen / Ghana, UK / 2015 / 100 mins / English

thecursedones2Synopsis A series of misfortunes lead a West African village
to accuse a young girl, Asabi, of witchcraft. Their pastor insists that salvation lies in her exorcism and death, using his compelling rhetoric to incite fear in people and turn Asabi’s mother against her own daughter. A disillusioned reporter, Godwin, finds himself swept up in
the witch hunt. With the help of a young school teacher, he attempts to save Asabi’s life, fighting against corruption and false prophets. Based on true events, The Cursed Ones is a story of morality, corruption, and community in the heart of Africa.

thecursedones3Direction, Screenplay Nana Obiri Yeboah, Maximilian Claussen
Production & Cinematography Nicholas K. Lory
Editing Josh Levinsky
Sound Gernot Fuhrmann
Music Benjamin Wright
Cast Oris Erhuero, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama K Abebrese, David Dontoh, Fred Amugi, Rama Brew



  • 3 African Movie Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design
  • 4 Golden Movie Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Directior
  • UK Screen Nation awards: Best UK/African Film, Best UK/African Actor
  • Jury Award at the Helsinki African Film Festival
  • 2016 Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival


  • BFI Film Africa London
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • AFI New African Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival
  • New York African Film Festival
  • Emden International Film Festival
  • Helsinki African Film Festival
  • Munich African Film Festival
  • Cameroon International Film Festival
  • Rapidlion Johannesburg Film Festival
  • Cinemavvernire Rome Film Festival
  • Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival



thecursedones_directorNana was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to London at the age of 18. His interest in directing started early; initially as a theatre director, moving on to short films and finally, at the age of 35, directing his first feature film. Nana’s primary aim as a filmmaker is to present West- African stories with the quality and authenticity that he insists is so often lacking in representations of Africa made by African and non-Africans alike. Nana has a degree in digital filmmaking from the SAE Institute London. He is based in London and is currently developing a feature-length screenplay with Zissou Pictures about African immigrants to London.