ASA, A BEAUTIFUL GIRL
Finalist, 2018 Moving Parts Film Festival
Official Selection, 2018 Cefalù Film Festival
Official Selection, 2018 My Love Michelle Short Film Festival
Best Short Film, 2013 Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
Honorable Mention, 2013 I Luv Africa Film Festival Accra, Ghana
Official Selection, 2013 Bronx Week Film Festival
Official Selection, 2013 Crown Heights Film Festival
Official Selection, 2013 ACTNOW Short Film Collective
A True Story of Hope
A Kidnapping plot to get Asa out of the country, sends her mind careening through events in her abused filled past. She has to get out before her soul's completely lost. She "wants to leave, but not this way."
The day's events lead her, her mom and relatives (the kidnapping party) back to Asa's home to confront her dad and request that he gives her permission to leave.
Asa was shot as a teaser for the feature length version of the same title.
Shot on the RED Scarlett, it was filmed in the Bronx, Sprain Parkway, New Rochelle and Westchester County airport, New York.
Is a series of scenes from a true story, about a seventeen year old Nigerian girl's search for freedom from an abusive-filled existence.
The film opens during a kidnapping plot, by her mother and her mother's relatives, to get Asa out of the country. Through a series of flashbacks, we are shown moments in her traumatic past that force the need to get her out. She only has one day, today, to make it happen. Her internal conflict about leaving the family she knows behind however, causes her to confront her father before the day is over.
This dramatic tale takes place in two cities (Lagos and Benin) in Nigeria, West Africa, and chronicles Asa's life from age 7 to age 17. In 13:25mins, we glimpse a micro fraction of what life is like for her.
What's most incredible about Asa's story, is it could be anyone's; regardless of race, class, religious beliefs or culture. It's a story of courage, a story of hope.
The feature length version is currently in development.
Behind the scenes of Asa, A Beautiful Girl
Raped and sexually molested by her family and severely beaten by her biological father , Aimiende “Aimi” Negbenebor Sela, portrays her true life story; which takes place in Nigeria, West Africa by writing, producing and directing her brand new short film , ASA, A Beautiful Girl....
“Asa, A Beautiful Girl,” started long before I put pen to paper. It began when I met my "adopted" dad, David Silverberg. An incredibly giving human being, just simply amazing, flaws and all. I like to joke that he has a lot of them, but who doesn't. One of those flaws I joke about is how pushy he can be. Funny thing is, his pushiness is what got the ball rolling on making "Asa,..." and here I am today, shocked that it really got made and absolutely terrified about what I'm getting myself into. "Asa,..." is a true story. My story. Standing outside of it....