SOURCE: Toronto Pictures, Inc.

November 08, 2007 08:30 ET

"Punctured Hope," Film on Trokosi and Girls' Slavery, Premieres in Africa With Great Success

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - Toronto Pictures Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TPICF) hosts the exclusive premiere of the 35 mm, Hollywood standard feature film "Punctured Hope" in Accra/Ghana. The premiere was held on October 26th in the Executive Theater of Gama Films (TV3).

An impressive list of personalities ranging from Government officials, local film producers, prominent members of the press, cast and crew of the film were all in attendance.

In particular, gracing this special occasion were representatives from the Human Rights & Administrative Justice, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Honorable Asamoah Boateng, President of Ghana Actors Guide Mr. Samuel Odoi Mensah, Ghanaian Actress and Personality Ms. Akofa Edjeanu Asiedu and Senior Int. Banker (Unibank) Mrs. Gladys Teni Makonnen.

Also present were Director/Executive Producer Bruno Pischiutta and Executive Producer Daria Trifu along with Screenwriter Kingsley Sam Obed and the lead actors of the feature film Belinda Siamey, Samuel Ruffy Quansah, Frost Asiedu, Tonye Akagbo, Michael Tuffour Ampem, Fred Amugi and Kenneth Senyo.

The film profiles the difficult subject of Trokosi, the ongoing sexual mutilation and enslavement of West Africa's young girls and women. The plot consists of the enslavement of a young girl within the confines of a shrine, outside a small village in Ghana and her horrific ordeal through sexual abuse and genital mutilation.

The expansion, from the social to the political aspect, is delivered in the film with a dramatically poignant effect in the conclusion, as the medium of film assumes the idiosyncrasies of television, thereby revolutionising the rules of cinematography.

After the screening, Samuel Quansah declared, "I am astonished by the excellent direction, quality of production and general performance!" Others have stated that "this is more than a film" and "'Punctured Hope' is the cinematic pride of Africa." Members of the Producers Association were unanimous in saying that "this is how films have to be made."

The screening was followed by a press conference coordinated by Assistant Director and Journalist Tony White Meribe and attended by local press, radio and TV journalists from "The Observer," "Daily Dispatch," "Crusading Guide," "Gye Nyami Concord," "P&P Magazine" and Arthur Hughs of Uniq FM and Broadcast Journalist Frank Aidam of Ghana National TV. The press officials congratulated Director Bruno Pischiutta who answered related questions about the production and his artistic input.

Journalist Arthur Hughs of Uniq FM National Radio was granted an exclusive interview with Pischiutta, Trifu and Obed. To listen to the 10-minute radio interview go to:

The premiere screening was followed by a second showcase of the film for the students of the National Institute of Film and Television (NAFTI) in Accra. The institute is headed by Mr. Martin Loh and it is actively training talent in all areas of film production.

About Toronto Pictures, Inc.: Targeting a global audience, Toronto Pictures explores different cultures and addresses controversial issues of our time in dramatic format. Toronto Pictures develops, produces and markets Hollywood standard, 35 mm feature films. Additional information is available online at

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For a complete critique of "Punctured Hope" go to:


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