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Through a magical realist lens, THE BURIAL OF KOJO follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. Directed by TED fellow, music composer and musician Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

Born from a newspaper article and a Kickstarter campaign, Bazawule skillfully captures the beauty of a family, even when the circumstances aren't beautiful. THE BURIAL OF KOJO is an essential human story of courage and survival. THE BURIAL OF KOJO is a 2019 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) Official Selection and 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner. Director, Sam Blitz Bazawule SCHEDULED TO BE PRESENT.
(2018, 80 mins, HD Presentation)

Sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive and the African Studies Program; hosted by IU Libraries Moving Image Archive/Screening Room

*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.

*The Screening Room temperature tends to run cool, so please remember to bring a jacket or sweater. 

*No food or drink is permitted in the Screening Room.


Links to Trailer and write ups on the film: 


Trailer for The Burial of Kojo (2019)


FEATURETTE - The Sonic Magic Behind The Burial Of Kojo


Review: ‘The Burial of Kojo’ dazzles with a sumptuous magical realist vision from Ghana

BFC/A Blog Post


Ghanaian-Produced Movie, The Burial of Kojo, Wins Award at Luxor African Film Festival


How ‘The Burial of Kojo’ Is Giving a Boost to an Unsteady Ghanaian Film Industry by Tambay Obenson


Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Acquires Surreal Drama ‘The Burial Of Kojo’, Sets Netflix Premiere Date


The Burial of Kojo Revie: A Dazzling Modern Fable, NYTimes

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wells Screening Room (ground floor, within Media Services)
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Jamie Thomas Baldys