British actors Rex Harrison and Michael Caine are among the international cast who are now making a film in Israel about modern slavery.
British actors Rex Harrison and Michael Caine are among the international cast who are now making a film in Israel about modern slavery. They play important roles in "Ashanti", directed by American Richard Fleischer and brought to the screen by Swiss producer Georges-Alain Vuille. That slavery still flourishes in contemporary times is the premise for Ashanti. The story focuses on an English doctor's search for his African wife who has been kidnapped by a slave trader, played by Peter Ustinov. Numerous sites were chosen to simulate the West African cost, where Ashanti's story begins. After filming on locations throughout Kenya, the company moved to Israel in June for further shooting.
SYNOPSIS: The crew are spending two months in Israel.
Caine is playing the part of the doctor, David Linderby, and Harrison is Brian Walker, a representative of the London-based Anti-Slavery Society.
Richard Fleischer is one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, whose films include "Mandingo" and "Tora Tora Tora".
Here, he is directing a sequence in the desert near Elat in which Walker introduces Linderby to a nomad, Malik, who agrees to lead the doctor to the slave trader's camp for money. Playing Malik is Kabir Bedi, whose leading role in the television series "Sandokan" made him on of the most sought-after actors in Europe.
Bedi, the son of an English mother and an Indian father, is one of India's best known stars.
Playing the doctor's wife is Beverly Johnson, an American model who became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Rex Harrison and Michael Caine spoke about the film's message.