"The Burial of Kojo" was the story of a girl, her father and his brother.One of the brothers goes missing on a mining expedition and his daughter has to go on this magical journey to rescue him.A journey that blends dreams and reality.Bazawule started as a rapper and moved into visual storytelling.He takes his audience beyond the usual cliches in this film set in Ghana.Making a film on the continent of Africa that doesn’t revolve around the tropes that we know so the war, the famine,these are the films that are very disproportionately produced as it relates to Hollywood in the continent.The film was shot with agony and cast at local crew.He raised 78,000 dollars on Kickstarter to help fund it.
The Burial of Kojo讲述的是一个女孩和她的父亲与哥哥的故事。她的一个哥哥在一次采矿探险中失踪了，他的女儿不得不踏上这段神奇的旅程去救他。一段将梦想与现实融为一体的旅程。巴扎武乐原本是一位说唱歌手，后来进入了视觉叙事行业。这部电影背景设置为加纳，他给观众展示了那些老套内容以外的东西。在非洲大陆拍摄的电影，主题不是围绕着我们所知的战争或者饥荒，这种电影在好莱坞的非洲电影里占比非常小。这部电影拍摄过程十分艰苦，并且对当地的人员进行了拍摄。他在Kickstarter上筹集了七万八千美元来资助这部电影。
I always say that it gave us the autonomy that we needed, right?So we didn’t have anybody looking over our shoulder, we didn’t have anybody telling us what to do, what not to do.It was always us deciding with ourselves, does this makes sense for this narrative.The film is distributed by Array, a Hollywood company founded by filmmaker, Ava Duvernay.
It is being shown on Netflix.You know Netflix is in 190 countries, so that’s a lot of places, you know, where you can find beautiful work,and where movie makers can find an audience.Because out of that audience, then you build credibility for the stories that you’re telling.Bringing new stories to the screen.
Mike O Sullivan VOA News Los Angeles
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