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FROM STREETS TO INTERNATIONAL MOVIE AWARD

MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2015

A 14-year old Ghanaian street vendor, Attah Abraham has won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He won the award for his lead performance in a movie alongside Idris Elba.

Attah Abraham who is said to be without any acting background was picked from the streets of Ghana during the shooting of Netflix’s soon to be released movie “Beasts of No Nation.”

Director, Cary Fukunaga stated that he will not adopt Abraham but will take responsibility for his education back in Ghana. “For Abraham, he’s only 14 so we had to get him up to speed in school, so right now we put him into boarding school back in Ghana so he can get up to normal 14 year old academics. By nature of us crossing into these people’s lives you have some responsibility there to make their lives better, but at the same time you’re not adopting a child, by any means,” Cary Fukunaga added.

 

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