#MondayMotivation | Amma Asante: The Power of Defining Yourself

This week's Monday Motivation comes from award winning writer and director, Amma Asante. Amma won a BAFTA for her first film A Way of Life (2004). This win made Amma the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. The film also saw Amma collect 17 international awards including FIPRESCI and Grand Jury Prizes around the world at major festivals, as well as the newcomer award at the BFI London Film Festival and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the prestigious South Bank Show Awards. A trailblazer in her own rite, Amma uses this opportunity to discuss the significance in defining yourself. A passionate speaker, Amma asks us to consider that we are all a combination of many worlds put together and when those worlds meet, progress can follow.

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BAFTA award winning writer-director Amma Asante began her career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the popular British school drama Grange Hill. She fronted the "Just Say No" campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine Grange Hill children to take it to the Reagan White House. Asante's 2004 feature film, A Way of Life, was her directorial debut and garnered her 17 international awards for her writing and directing including newcomer awards for writing and directing from the BFI London Film Festival, The Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the prestigious South Bank Show Awards. Asante’s second feature film, Belle was released in cinemas in 2014. The film drew widespread acclaim and is the third highest grossing independent film of 2014.