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A harrowing story of sexual slavery justified by religious tradition, Like Cotton Twines makes its DVD Debut on February 7, 2017 from RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE). Starring Jay Ellis (HBO’s Insecure, The Game), who also served as co-executive producer, the film centers around an American volunteer teacher who confronts Trokosi, a form of child slavery in Ghana, after one of his brightest students is forced to drop out of school as a result of the practice. Written, directed, and produced by Leila Djansi (Where Children Play), the film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and has gone on to screen at the Urbanworld Film Festival, the International Black Film Festival, the African Diaspora Int’l Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival – during which the film won the award for Best Narrative Feature. Like Cotton Twines premiered in January 2017 on Urban Movie Channel (UMC), the first premium subscription streaming service that showcases quality African American and urban entertainment across all genres.
Micah (Jay Ellis) is an American volunteer who teaches in a Ghanaian village and holds high expectations for his mother’s homeland. He’s eager to help his students reach their full potential, especially the bright 13-year-old Tuigi (Ophelia Klenam Dzidzornu). But when Tuigi’s family must pay for an accident caused by her father, Tuigi must abandon her education and offer herself as a sex slave. Outraged and upset, Micah battles the tribal culture, religious customs, and the state itself in order to save Tuigi from a cruel fate.
Street Date: February 7, 2017 MSRP: $27.97
Run Time: Approx. 99 min. – UPC 014381002676