Sinking Sands

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Sinking Sands
Sinking Sands FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byLeila Djansi
Produced by
Written byLeila Djansi
Music by
  • Koo Nimo
  • Jacob Yoffee
CinematographyAdrian Correia
Edited by
  • Asher Bingham
  • Howard Heard
Running time
105 minutes

Sinking Sands is a 2010 Ghanaian drama film written, produced and directed by Leila Djansi, and starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama Abebrese and Yemi Blaq. The film received nine (9) nominations and won 3 awards at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Screenplay & Best Makeup.[1][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


The film tells the story of a couple, Jimah and Pabi, whose marriage turns into violence and abuse when Jimah becomes disfigured in a domestic accident.[10]


  • Jimmy Jean-Louis as Jimah
  • Ama Abebrese as Pabi
  • Yemi Blaq as Dr Zach Mathews
  • Chris Attoh as Mensah
  • Doris Sakitey as Mrs. Dodou
  • Grace Nortey as Grandma
  • Narki Adulai as Wedding Guest
  • Louis Marcus as Jimahs' friend
  • Daphne Akatugba as Patience
  • Faustina Aheto as Mourner
  • Avissey Gbormitah as Man under the tree
  • Amanda Jissie as Ms Olu
  • Trustina Fafa Sarbah as Stella
  • Mrs. Julia Djansi as Panel Member
  • Eddie Coffie as Obed
  • Peter Etse as Priest
  • Akosua Agyepong as Mama May
  • Joe Akpali as Bank Manager
  • Valarie Kessie as Harlott
  • Archibald Etse as Son
  • Afi Dzakpasu as Singer at Bar
  • Samir Yaw White as Mourner
  • Natascha Mieke as Dr. Samantha Rogers
  • Michelle Hogba as Herself
  • Lawrence Hanson as Panel member


The film was positively received by many African movie critics with concluding that "A wonderful movie that I would recommend in a heartbeat". This shows to all those narrow-minded people that believe that you need glitz, glamour and brazilian weave to make a good movie that you DO NOT. The rawness in the movie was breathtaking and to be applauded. The acting was on point as was the cinematography."[11]


  1. ^ a b "Films 2011 Ghana Narrative Feature". Pan-African Film Festival. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Screening - SINKING SANDS". Zimbabwe International Film Festival. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2011". African Movie Academy Awards. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  4. ^ "AMAA Nominations 2011". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Nudity And Sex Sell — Leila, Ghanaian Actress". Nigerian Tribune. Ibadan, Nigeria. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  6. ^ Bondzi, Jacquiline Afua (10 December 2010). "UNIFEM Ghana endorses "Sinking Sands"". The Ghanaian Chronicle. Accra, Ghana. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Sinking Sands Comes To Nigeria". Leadership Newspaper. Abuja, Nigeria: Leadership Newspaper Group Limited. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  8. ^ "UNIFEM Ghana endorses "Sinking Sands"". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas, USA. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  9. ^ Bondzi, Jacquiline Afua. "Unifem Ghana Endorses "Sinking Sands"". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  10. ^ Ofole-Prince, Samantha (11 March 2011). "Jimmy Jean-Louis Receives Best Actor nomination for 'Sinking Sands'". CaribPress. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Sinking Sands | Nollywood Forever Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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