Leila began her career with the GAMA Film Company in Ghana. She wrote and produced her first feature film “Babina” with Aak Films Ghana at the age of 19. With an academic background in Film and Television and more recently Cultural Anthropology, Leila is a filmmaker who has chosen to tell stories about life, survival, and the delicate intricacies of culture. Leila Djansi has successfully packaged movies like “the Rub”, “love letters” “Baby Blues” Red Thread, “Bobby”, among others. Djansi’s directorial credit includes Chandler Hospitals’ documentary “Health Matters”, the Goodness and Mercy Foundations “Hands across Africa”, Sci Fi channels “Most Hunted Places on earth”, Armstrong University’s’ “Study Abroad” “Twigcarver”.
The dance drama Moja!, WorldFest platinum award winning film Grass between my Lips, the historical “I sing of a Well” which had 11 Nominations at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards winning 4 out of the 11, “Sinking Sands” starring Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes) which was featured on BBC Network Africa in December 2010 and endorsed by UNiFEM for their Say No to Violence Against Women Campaign.
“Sinking Sands” went on to be nominated for 12 African Movie Academy Awards which won Ama K Abebrese the “Best Actress Award” and won Leila the Best Writer Award. “Sinking Sands” went on to be the first Ghanaian produced film to screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Again in 2011, Leila Djansi received the BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Pan African Film Festival Choice Prize for her film “I Sing of a Well.”
Director: Ties That Bind
Won Festival Prize for Best Diaspora Film San Diego Black Film Festival, 2012
Three women from different backgrounds are bound together by a common tragedy;
the loss of a child. In a destined meeting in a small West African village,
the women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they
renovate a haunted, dilapidated clinic for the villagers. Features Hollywood
actress Kimberly Elise, Ghanaian stars, Ama K Abebrese, John Dumelo, David Dontoh
and one of the Nollywood’s most notable actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. video