• FEATURE ∙ 95 MINS ∙ 2016
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Based on real events, The Cursed Ones is a gripping drama about a young girl accused of witchcraft and a disillusioned reporter who fights to free her from the clutches of corruption and superstition.


A series of misfortunes lead a West African village to accuse a young girl, Asabi (OPHELIA DZIDZORNU), of witchcraft. Their Pastor (FRED AMUGI) insists that salvation lies in her exorcism and death, using his compelling rhetoric to incite fear into the people and turn Asabi’s mother (AMA K ABEBRESE) against her own daughter.

Disillusioned reporter, Godwin (ORIS ERHUERO) finds himself swept up in the witch hunt. With the help of a young school teacher (JOSEPH OTSIMAN), he attempts to save Asabi’s life, fighting back against corruption and false prophets.

Based on true events, The Cursed Ones is a story of morality, corruption, and community in the heart of Africa.




Nigerian born, spending the majority of his life in LA and London, Oris originally rose to fame in his leading role on the TV programme, THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD (1996-1998). He went on to star alongside Idris Elba in the critically acclaimed film by Raul Peck, SOMETIMES IN APRIL (2005), and most recently took on the lead role in the Genevieve Nnaji film, ROAD TO YESTERDAY (2015).

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Ghanaian superstar, Ama K, is well known for her leading role in the recent Idris Elba film, BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015), TIES THAT BIND (2011), and her performance in SINKING SANDS (2009), for which she won Best Female Lead at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

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Haitian actor known for his role in the Oscar-nominated film, Joy (2016), US television programme, HEROES (2006-2015), the Bruce Willis film, Tears of the Sun (2003), the Ghanaian film, SINKING SANDS (2011), and the Steven Spielberg TV programme, EXTANT (2014). He most recently starred in the David O. Russell film, JOY (2015).

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A staple in West African cinema, Fred has graced the screen in these parts countless times over the last decades. In recent years Fred has also starred more frequently in international productions such as THE DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS (2011) and, most recently, BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015).

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David Dontoh

One of the powerhouses of Ghanaian cinema, David has starred in numerous African productions, including the widely successful film TIES THAT BIND (2011). David is also a familiar face in foreign productions, appearing in THE DEAD (2010) and BEASTS OF NO NATION (2015).

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Celebrating her 15th birthday during the production of THE CURSED ONES, Ophelia is the youngest leading cast member. She shines in the film, taking on the role of the accused girl, Asabi, with grace and determination. With a background in theatre and modelling, this marks Ophelia’s cinematic debut.

Our Team

Nana Obiri Yeboah
Nicholas K. Lory
Producer / Director of Photography
Maximilian Claussen
Writer / Co-Director
Riccardo Bruni
Executive Producer
Davide De Stefano
Production Designer
Benjamin Wright

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