Cameroon: The Fisherman’s Diary Wins Four Awards in Istanbul

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Best Lead Actor went to Kang Quintus of the Fisherman's Diary
Best Lead Actor went to Kang Quintus of the Fisherman’s Diary

One of the most trending movies in the Cameroonian space, The Fisherman’s Diary, a film that tells the story of a young girl battling to get an education in a society where girl’s education is forbidden has won big in four categories in Istanbul, Turkey.

The movie that was nominated in four categories succeeded in winning all. The best Lead actor went to Kang Quintus. Enah Johnscott won Best Director. In the Best Film category, the Fisherman’s diary came out a winner. The Best Original Score went to the song by Ewube and produced by Blaise B.

This year, the movie has succeeded in winning numerous awards across the world. At the London’s I Will Tell International Festival, Faith Fidel who played Ekah in the Fisherman’s Diary won Best actress in a feature drama. The movies also snapped up the best feature drama at the best feature drama.  

During his acceptance speech at the I Will Tell International Film Festival in London, Kang Quintus said as quoted by critiqsite: “Being a little boy who grew up in the village, went to school barefoot and coming from a family where we could not afford a three-square meal a day to being on a stage like this and winning best film. It’s the greatest feeling I could ever imagine. I feel this is a dream for Cameroon because this film is representing Cameroon. I just want to say big congratulations to the entire cast and crew. This is for Cameroon! Cameroon is coming up very strong and you should watch out for movies from here…”

Kang Quintus and Faith Fidel
Kang Quintus and Faith Fidel

Fisherman’s Diary Premiers in Buea/Limbe Cancelled

Following the killing of six children at Mother Francisca International Bilingual School in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon on October 24, 2020, the Management of Kang Quintus Films has cancelled the premiers of the movie in Buea and Limbe. According to the, they are joining the entire country to mourn the lives lost.

“The management in consultation with its event sponsors is announcing to the general public that The Fisherman’s Diary Buea and Limbe Premiers hitherto scheduled for October 30 and October 31 respectively has been postponed. Future premiere dates will be announced subsequently,” a communiqué for Kang Quintus stated.

“The entire cast and crew of the Fisherman’s Diary continue to pray for the families affected by this massacre. May the souls of the departed angels, rest in peace,” He concluded.

The Fisherman’s Diary for some weeks now has been publicized in various media across Douala and Yaounde. It is all about giving an insight into the movie. A movie premiere was done in Douala, with Buea and Limbe expected to be part of it, though that will not be the case now.

Insight into the Fisherman’s Diary

The movie directed by Enah Johnscott and produced by Kang Quintus is a storey of a 12-year-old Ekah (Faith Fidel) who got inspired by Malala Yousalzai, the youngest noble prize winner.

She is determined to go to school in a village of fishermen where it is considered as taboo. He drives to break this adage gets her embroiled with her father Solomon (Kang Quintus) experience with girl child education, critiqsite reported.

The Fisherman's Diary won Best Feature Film
The Fisherman’s Diary won Best Feature Film

The film features other actors such as Ramses Nouah, Onyama Laura, Neba Godwill, Mayohchu and Daphne Njie.

The film has won best film in India and New York, picking up Best director, best film, best soundtrack and best production nominations at the prestigious PAMA in Paris, France.

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