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Kwaku Ananse, a trickster drawn from Ghanian mythology, merges with the story of Nan, a young woman attending her estranged father’s funeral.
Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the 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. The fable is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nan Kronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. Nan’s father led two separate lives with two wives and two families — one in Ghana, one in the United States. Nan’s ambivalence about her father’s double life is a reflection of a broader truth about the nature of our personal relationships.
Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Producer: Lisa Cortes
Cinematographer: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Ethno-musicologist: Ko Nimo
About this Production:
“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. The short film will star my beloved uncle nearly approaching 80, legendary ethno-musicologist and total sweetheart, Ko Nimo. I have combined the fable with semi-autobiographical elements, making the project an intensely personal one.
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