Leila Djansi

Leila Djansi

Leila Afua Djansi, is an American and Ghanaian filmmaker who started her film career in the Ghana film industry


12 July 1981


Leila Djansi was born Leila Afua Djansi in 1981


12 July 2000

Early life and education

Leila, who grew up in Ghana with her pilot father and Senior Nursing Officer mother, initially aspired to become a gynecologist but shifted her career path towards forensics after developing an interest in it, until she met Ghanaian actor Sam Odoi at the age of 19, who persuaded her to write a script for him, resulting in her script "Babina" being turned into a movie by Producer Akwetey Kanyi; she completed her primary, junior, and secondary education at Kabore Primary and JSS, as well as Mawuli School in Ho, Volta Region, Ghana.


12 July 2004


She started her film education in Ghana and then pursued a Film and Television degree in the United States on a scholarship, later establishing her own independent production company focused on social issue films.


12 July 2012

Awards and Recognition

Djansi's early films, including "Grass Between My Lips" and "I Sing of a Well," gained critical acclaim and nominations at various film festivals and awards ceremonies, while her later film "Sinking Sands" received multiple award nominations and wins, and her film "Ties That Bind" received a Black Reel Awards Nomination and won Best Diaspora film at the 2012 San Diego Black Film Festival.


12 July 2016


Leila Djansi's film "Like Cotton Twines," which delves into the issue of Trokosi in Ghana, garnered a nomination for "Best World Fiction Film" at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, while her impactful work has been acknowledged by various organizations and communities dedicated to social issues in Ghana, including UNiFEM Ghana, The African Women Development Fund, and The Ghana Musicians Association.

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