While Nigerians might be disappointed after the disqualification of Lion Heart from the Golden, Ghanaians are rightfully excited as one of their movies, ‘The Burial of Kojo’ is up for consideration.
The movie was released last year to rave reviews and a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie was shot entirely in Ghana and features some truly stunning visuals especially considering the small budget it ran on.
‘The Burial of Kojo’ was directed by Blitz Bazawuke who took to Twitter to celebrate the possible nomination in a tweet where he said:”WHAAAAAAT!!!! @TheBurialOfKojo is up for a Golden Globe Nomination. First ever for Ghana. Just Wow!!! 🙌🏿🏆🇬🇭”
— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) November 8, 2019
The movie, which cast many first time actors, follows the story of Kojo who is abandoned and left to die by his brother in a mine shaft. His daughter, Esi, must now travel through a mystical world to find and save her father from possible death.
The burial of Kojo has received rave reviews with the New Yorker’s Richard Brody praising it and saying: “Bazawule offers a portrait of a dawning artist that catches the early flame of artistic inspiration from within.”
Meanwhile the Hollywood Reporter said of the film, “Viewers may worry that Bazawule’s starkly gorgeous pictures aren’t going to add up to anything, but Burial satisfies in prosaic as well as poetic terms, supplying an end that makes sense of its beginning. It will leave many who see it eager for the young filmmaker’s next fable.”
The movie does something refreshingly different as it explores a part of Africa that isn’t seen in movies often. It’s a movie that ponders life and death and the beauty of the continent, something that is sometimes lost in the more grief stricken and stark movies that usually come out of the continent.
Check out the trailer below
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