| Leila Djansi|
| December 5, 2011 (2011-12-05) (AFRIFF)|Ties That Bind (film) Wikipedia
Ties that Bind is a 2011 drama film directed by Leila Djansi, starring Kimberly Elise, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Ama K. Abebrese. It was filmed in Ghana. It received 7 nominations at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards and eventually won the award for the category Achievement in Screenplay.
Kimberly Elise as Theresa Harper
Ama K. Abebrese as Buki Ocansey
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde as Adobea Onyomena
John Dumelo as Lucas Morison
Ebbe Bassey as Maa Dede
Fiifi Coleman as Eddie
Randall Batinkoff as Dan Dubick
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, especially for its acting and directing. Nollywood Reinvented gave it a 79% rating and wrote on the transition of the script "It is one thing to write a story, Any story… anyone can do it… once upon a time… and that is the end of my story. But it’s a whole other ball game to construct a story in which every little detail ties together. A story like this is a story in which the characters need not tell us what to feel, you feel it regardless. The story is really sad, and just when you think it can’t possibly get any sadder. It does! It’s an incredibly easy and quick watch… ".