Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Meet the Cast of FX's 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson' (First-Look Images) Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch a Clip From Ethiopia's First-Ever Cannes "Official Selection" - Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lamb' Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) 'Chocolate City' Finally Gets a Trailer + Release Date Set (Might It Steal Some of 'Magic Mike's' Summer Thunder?) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

ABFF 2012 Review: Leila Djansi's Emotionally Rich, Thought-Provoking 'Ties That Bind'

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act June 22, 2012 at 9:30AM

If you have seen Leila Djansi’s Sinking Sands (see my review HERE), you would know that the ambitious filmmaker doesn’t shy away from female-driven, heavy and poignant themes that elicit intense emotions.
4
Ties That Bind

If you have seen Leila Djansi’s Sinking Sands (see my review HERE), you would know that the ambitious filmmaker doesn’t shy away from female-driven, heavy and poignant themes that elicit intense emotions.

Among those recurring themes explored are gender roles, traditional marriage ideals, feminism, mental illness, loyalty, female bonds, community, African culture, stigmatization, religious/superstitious beliefs, subordination, sexual abuse.

This filmmaker knows drama, in a good way. Djansi proves it once again with Ties That Bind.

The film centers around three women: Buki (Ama Abrebese), Adobea (Omatola Jalade Ekeinde) and Theresa (Kimberly Elise). They all share the pain of losing a child.

The story, set in the village of Kroboland, Ghana, begins with Buki, the lovely and dynamic Abrebese. Buki is a doctor with plans to rebuild an abandoned house into a clinic, which the villagers claim to be hunted.

Buki encounters Adobea, a childhood friend, who is pregnant and unaware of her illness that causes her to cough up blood.  Adobea’s Husband’s family believes she’s cursed after the mysterious death of several of her children.  

Buki and her husband are seeking counseling for their marital troubles, stemming from their childless union. Their counselor Theresa (a wondrous Elise) has her own tale of woe; she let her husband take away her child, whom she hasn’t seen in years, after suffering from drug-addiction and post-partum depression 12 years ago. She is now working to reunite with her daughter with the help of a case investigator.

And so these women bond together and learn from each other’s experiences. Joined in solidarity, they learn to deal and accept their situations with courage and seek redemption. 

There’s much mysticism and supernatural elements to the story: is there really a ghost in the house? Are these women cursed? 

Ties may pose too melodramatic for some. Yes, there are scenes charged with intense sentimentality and hysteria. However, Djansi crafts complex female characters so well, and gives them such dimensionality that you’ll appreciate watching this thought-provoking and engaging REAL drama.

Djansi’s efforts are commendable here. Ties also delivers due to well-developed characters and credible, powerful performances from the cast.

Ties That Bind, which also stars Randal Batinkoff (Kick-Ass) and Ebbe Bassey, (African Booty Scratcher and Say Grace Before Drowning), won nine awards at last year’s Ghana Movie Awards, including Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Sound & Mixing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Picture.

Watch the trailer below:

This article is related to: Festivals, Reviews


Shadow & ActNewsletter