Metro Screen would like to congratulate Money Tree writer/Director Hawanatu Bangura, and crew on their recent win at LA’s NOFI Film Festival, selection at the African Film Festival in St Louis, and selection for the upcoming International Pan African Film Festival in Cannes.
Funded by Metro Screen and Screen NSW’s First Break Multicultural Mentorship Program in 2011, Money Tree is an animation about Solomon, a destitute African boy trapped in poverty and his dreams of becoming rich. One day while roaming the village market he finds a coin belonging to a female shopper. He decides against the easy option of purchasing food with the money because he cannot bear to part with the coin, and so seeks the advice of his older brother. Solomon’s brother convinces him to grow a money tree by planting the coin, which he does. Unbeknownst to Solomon however his brother takes the coin at the first opportunity and he spends a week watering nothing. When he finally realises the truth Solomon is confronted with reality that he can never get something for nothing and that what goes around comes around. Click here for the trailer.
The film has already done well on the festival circuit, with screenings at the African Film Festival Australia; Legacy Film Festival UK, Colourfest Film Festival; Aurora Film Festival; Women Media Arts and Film festival; Adelaide Kids Film Festival, and Ninth International Film Festival For Children and Young People Armenia, to name a few.