The kind of civil war depicted in the movie Beasts of No Nation could happen in Ghana, says the director of the movie, Cary Fukunaga.
He told vulture.com in an interview “Ghana really hasn’t had a war like the one we’re describing, so that way the fictionalization of it is more of a stretch, but the kind of war we’re describing could still happen in Ghana.”
Ghana really wasn’t the country the producers had in mind to shoot the scenes, he adds.
“Ghana wasn’t really on the table. Producers really wanted to shoot in a country that had production services, or at least a history with film production, and Ghana really hadn’t had an American film production. The last major foreign production there was Cobra Verde, the Werner Herzog movie.”
Uganda was the ideal choice for the shoot, he said
“We scouted Kenya, Uganda, Ghana … Uganda was a pretty good candidate. We could bring in a lot of crew from Kenya, which is right next door, and it had a history of war. I would’ve had to adapt the story to take place there, but at least it would’ve been authentic.”
The movie is a drama based on the experiences of Agu (played by Abraham Attah), a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed West African country.
Idris Elba plays the role of a warlord of a unit of mercenary fighters.
The movie has premiered at a number of prestigious film festivals across the world and scheduled to premiere in the United States of America on October 16 on Netflix and in selected theaters.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, it was partly shot in Ghana also stars Ama K. Abebrese, David Dontoh and Grace Nortey.