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Kwaku Ananse
25 mins


Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich 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. Ananse teaches us that there are two sides to everything and everyone. The fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father's funeral. At the funeral, she retreats to the woods in search for her father.

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 culture.

Available for Institutional Purchase or Sale at Grasshopper Film


Produced by: Obibini Pictures LLC
Written, Directed, & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Screenplay by: Akosua Adoma Owusu & Iram Parveen Bilal
Cast: Jojo Abot, Koo Nimo, and Grace Omaboe
Cinematography by: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Africa First Program Director: Kisha Cameron-Dingle
Music by: Koo Nimo, Ebo Taylor


Focus Features Africa First
Art Matters
Sarah Jacobson Film Grant


Winner - 2013 African Movie Academy Award, Best Short Film
Nominated - 2013 Golden Bear for Best Short Film, Berlinale
Special Mention - 2015 Cinemas D'Afrique Angers


Berlinale Film Festival
Cannes Short Film Corner
BFI London Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival
Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma - César
Durban International Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival
FESPACO Film Festival
Prospect 3: New Orleans
ICA Philadelphia