Director Amma Asante’s (Belle) next feature is a passion project titled Where Hands Touch, and actress Amandla Stenberg is currently in talks to star in this 1940’s romantic drama. This story takes place in Berlin and revolves around the relationship between a mixed-race German girl and an SS officer.
“I have another passion project called Where Hands Touch, which is a 1940s piece set in Germany… It cannot be another eight years. I have been inundated with scripts. I’m not going to leave myself in the same position as 2009 When Hands Touch collapsed due to the financial crisis but also I won’t work on something that isn’t a passion project for me.” – Amma Asante
Asante, won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) Award for Outstanding Debut for her first feature, A Way of Life. After her feature debut, Asante started to develop Where Hands Touch originally supposed to go into production fall of 2009; however, the project fell through. Ten years later, Asante went on to direct her second feature Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw in 2014 which grossed over $16M. Currently, Asante is wrapping her latest feature, A United Kingdom, which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
Stenberg had a successful run in the Hunger Games, and has been a leader in speaking out against police violence on social media while serving as an outspoken advocate throughout the Black Lives Matter Movement. She was recently cast in the Fox 2000 film titled, The Hate U Give, based on debut novel by Angela Thomas inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, and was recognized with the Young, Gifted & Black award at Black Girls Rock! last week. Her other credits include Sleepy Hollow and Rio 2.
“When I am lucky enough to be in a room full of women, who one way or another have managed to carve their own journeys into the world of directing and filmmaking, negotiating and defying the setbacks, what I am always amazed by is the resolve these women exude. They are in themselves real warriors facing challenges, not just for the successes of today, but in so many ways, so that WE can have a different tomorrow.” – Amma Asante
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