I'm the final stretch of making a dream project come true: a short film titled “Kwaku Ananse” starring my beloved uncle nearly approaching 80, legendary ethno-musicologist and total sweetheart, Koo Nimo.
Things have moved faster than I ever expected. I’ve been blessed with the support of the Focus Features Africa First Program and The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant. We shot the film in Ghana this summer and we are almost ready to start post-production.
But we are missing one key element to reach our goal: your support. I need the Indiegogo community’s enthusiasm to make this film a reality.
What our movie is about
“Kwaku Ananse” is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. The short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man. Ananse teaches us that there are two sides to everything and everyone.
The fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father's funeral. Nyan's father led two separate lives with two wives and two families — one in Ghana, one in the United States. Nyan's ambivalence about her father's double life is a reflection of a broader truth about the nature of our personal relationships.
Why help us
Because in a small, but significant way, helping us will help the emerging cinema of an underprivileged country with so many stories to tell and so little resources to do so. Unlike Kwaku Ananse, who sought to hoard wisdom and stories for himself, we hope to give others the means to share theirs.
"Kwaku Ananse" is an effort to preserve a fable my father passed on to me, and in turn to preserve a dying yet immensely rich cultural heritage. We hope you'll take part in this special journey alongside us.
How your contribution helps us
Your support helps us finance the post-production the film deserves. With your contribution, we will be able to afford:
Digital Intermediate Services
Professional grade blu-ray to properly show Kwaku Ananse in film festivals.
About Focus Features Africa First
Focus Features Africa First fosters and develops long-term relationships with some of the most promising up-and-coming filmmakers from continental Africa. With a contribution of $10,000 USD and a mentorship program, Africa First gives filmmakers the opportunity to introduce themselves to an international audience.
Meet the filmmakers
Director Akosua Adoma Owusu is an immensely talented visual artist whose work has been exhibited all over the world and was selected as one of Art Forum’s Top 10 artists. Producer Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award nominated producer with a distinguished career in the film and music business. Julio Chavezmontes is a young Mexican producer whose first film HALLEY will compete for a Tiger Award next year in Rotterdam. Cinematographer Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio is an internationally acclaimed Mexican filmmaker whose first film, the documentary Toro Negro, was produced by Alejandro Gonzalez-Iñarritu (Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams).
Last but not least is Koo Nimo, Ghana’s most legendary ethno-musicologist. He’s an invaluable cultural treasure who we wish to preserve and celebrate.
You can learn more at our Facebook Page: Kwaku Ananse Film
PIANO and CORTÉS FILMS present “Kwaku Ananse”
In co-production with: Corporativo Simplemente and Colorspace
Written and Directed by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Produced by: Lisa Cortés and Julio Chavezmontes
Africa First Program Director: Kisha Cameron-Dingle
Featuring: Jojo Abot, Koo Nimo, and Grace Omaboe
Associate Producers: Jorge Fong, Rune Hansen, Mónica Reina, and Mariana Martínez
Screenplay by: Akosua Adoma Owusu & Iram Parveen Bilal
Director of Photography: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
First Assistant Camera: Alejandro Villanueva Alcocer
Direct Sound: Fredrick Opoku Jacklord
Production Manager: William K. Boateng
Art Direction: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Editors: Rodrigo Quintero and Akosua Adoma Owusu
Original Music by: Koo Nimo
Made with the support of: Focus Features Africa First, The Free History Project, and The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant.