See Burial of Kojo April 10, 7PM Wells 048

Burial Bloomington

This ARRAY screening will take place in the IU Libraries Screening Room, Wells 048 at 7PM. Director, Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule is scheduled to be present for a post screening discussion. You don’t want to miss this exciting and exclusive event!

FREE TIX HERE: https://libraries.indiana.edu/burial-kojo

The Burial of Kojo is an official selection of the 2019 Pan African Film Festival and the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner. Marking his feature debut, Bazawule tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of a gifted girl who travels beautiful lands that exist between life and death. The trailer shows Bazawule’s stunning vision of the familial narrative through the lens of Afrosurrealism. See the Africa is a Country review here.

 

Indiewire’s Tambay Obenson helpfully contextualizes Ghana’s film infrastructure in terms of the early years of independence, writing:

As is the case for most countries on the African continent, Ghanaian film history isn’t anywhere near as rich as the West. After it achieved independence from the British in 1957, Ghana boasted the most impressive infrastructure for film production in Africa, but eventually squandered that potential. After Kwame Nkrumah, the country’s first democratically-elected post-independence president, was overthrown in a violent coup d’état in 1966, the new military regime failed to continue his nationalistic policies towards cinema, and instead reverted to pre-independence practices by depending on Europeans (over local filmmakers) to tell Ghanaian stories.

Read more here.

Join us to see this landmark film in new Ghanaian cinema. The filmmaker Blitz Bazawule is scheduled to be present.

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Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule is perhaps better known by his stage name Blitz the Ambassador. Born in Accra, Ghana, Blitz has built a multidisciplinary career as a musician, visual artist, and filmmaker. His 2016 album Diasporadical was accompanied by a short film of the same name.

In the Featurette below, Blitz discusses his approach to the music in The Burial of Kojo.

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The Burial of Kojo

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7 PM – 9:30 PM

Wells 048

1320 E. 10th St. in Bloomington

FREE TIX HERE: https://libraries.indiana.edu/burial-kojo

 

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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