Cinema of Ghana - Indie Memphis Film Screenings
Memphis in May partners with Indie Memphis, a company that strives to create community through independent film, to present this salute to Ghanaian film. Films will be screened on Wednesdays at 7:00pm throughout the month of May at Indie Memphis Cinema at Studio on the Square; 2105 Court Ave. Memphis, TN 38104. The cost of attendance is $10.
See the full lineup of films below and join us for Wednesdays in May!
The Burial of Kojo (2018) directed by Blitz Bazawule
Through a magical realist lens, The Burial of Kojo follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. Directed by TED fellow, music composer and musician Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.
Kukurantumi: The Road to Accra (1983), directed by King Ampaw
In this revealing African comedy-drama that contrasts the hectic life in Accra, the capital of Ghana, with the relative peace of Kukurantumi, a rural town, a truck driver makes runs between the two locations with few problems until he is forced to replace his truck. In order to raise the money to get a new vehicle, he sells some stolen watches and promises his daughter in marriage to a rich merchant. Rebelling against this fate, the daughter runs off to Accra with her boyfriend – but then nothing turns out quite like she has planned, and the rich merchant looks better with each passing day.
No Time to Die (2006) directed by King Ampaw
Asante is a hearse driver in Ghana who falls in love with a client whose mother has recently passed. The film follows Asante as he wins his client over, struggles to overcome the stereotypes associated with being a hearse driver, and finally becomes the first hearse driver in Accra to marry.
Red Carpet Memphis Premiere of the film Coming to Africa, with Q&A to follow.
Produced by Memphis film producer, Anwar Jamison, Coming to Africa is a feature-length comedic drama that aims to shatter stereotypes and provide a refreshing point-of-view of life on the continent of Africa while entertaining a massive audience. The film explores the thoughts, feelings, ideas and beliefs of people living on the African continent and shows people of the African diaspora a side of Africa that very few know exist.
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