We Proudly Congratulate Actor Ruffy Samuel Quansah for his African Movie Academy Awards Nomination

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Ruffy Samuel Quansah is an exceptionally talented, young Ghanaian Actor who played a leading role in Director Bruno Pischiutta's latest movie, the $5.8M budget, 35 mm, "Punctured Hope".

Director Bruno Pischiutta and Executive Producer Daria Trifu of Toronto Pictures Inc., congratulate Ruffy Samuel Quansah for his nomination in the Most Promising Actor Category at the African Movie Academy Awards. The 2009 edition of the awards will be held in Yenagoa, the capital of Niger Delta state of Bayelsa on April 4.

Ruffy Samuel Quansah is an exceptionally talented, young Ghanaian Actor who played a leading role in Director Bruno Pischiutta's latest movie, the $5.8M budget, 35 mm, "Punctured Hope". His talent and personality have impressed Pischiutta and Executive Producer Daria Trifu who are determined to add to Ruffy Samuel Quansah's success and international recognition by casting him in several upcoming productions.

In "Punctured Hope", Ruffy Samuel Quansah portrays the young and Western educated member of the village council, Amegatse, and he delivers his arguments and words of wisdom with charm and candour. His performance on screen and impressive physique command the attention of the viewers and his acting peers.

Bruno Pischiutta has just cast Ruffy Samuel Quansah to play an important role in his upcoming feature film "Glicine" to be shot this year in Romania.

During an interview for "Daria!" Magazine, Ruffy, as everyone calls him, talks about the impact Toronto Pictures - and especially director Pischiutta - has had on his film career.

"Bruno had the time for me, to explain the role, the lines," Quansah says. "When he explained (the script) to me, I understood it differently, now I knew what I was really to do."

"I think Toronto Pictures is the eye for Africa right now, they have helped the world see Africa through the eyes of "Punctured Hope", and that is a great thing," Quansah says.

With many other roles to come in his upcoming films, Director Pischiutta says he believes that Ruffy can surely find success in an international market. Aside from his natural talent, confidence in his abilities and sheer determination to succeed, "there is an enthusiasm in him that is truly amazing," he says.

Quansah even went to college and studied information technology and marketing as his father tried to steer him toward a banking career.

"It wasn't my thing," he says. "The family thought I was going wayward. My daddy said if I wanted to do this thing (acting) he wouldn't support it."

But Quansah's role in "Punctured Hope" and Pischiutta's subsequent appreciation of his talent changed his father's mind.

"I believe that I have something that can make me one of the greatest that ever came from Africa." Quansah says.

About Toronto Pictures, Inc. (OTC Symbol: 'TTOPF'): Targeting a global audience, Toronto Pictures explores different cultures and addresses controversial issues of our time in dramatic format. Toronto Pictures develops and produces Hollywood standard, 35 mm feature films.

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About "Punctured Hope": The story takes place in today's Ghana (Africa). It is inspired by a young girl called Edinam. She was a slave of Fetish Priests. Against all odds, Edinam escaped the shrine and continued her education. As the film follows Edinam's life from the age of innocence to premature adulthood, the viewers get to see a beautiful showcase of the real and very animated African life in a typical village.

According to the customary practice in Ghana's Volta region, which has lasted some 300 years, if someone commits a serious crime or social infraction, traditional leaders order that a young girl from that family be sent to the shrine as a form of atonement. She is expected to serve the priests for many years, after which the family might redeem her. In this time, the chief priest and his entourage genitally mutilate and sexually abuse the girls. They consider them their own 'property'. The abuse leads to numerous pregnancies and miscarriages of girls as young as 12 years old.

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