The Burial Of Kojo follows the tumultuous relationship between two brothers, Kojo and Kwabena. Kojo causes a car accident that tragically kills Kwabena's bride on their wedding day. Kwabena in turn, devices an elaborate plan to seek revenge 7 years later. He lures Kojo to an abandon mine, knocks him unconscious and leaves him in the mine shaft to die. Kojo must survive with no food and water, while his wife and local detective race against time to find him.
A local Ghanaian term for illegal small-scale gold mining.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
It all began with a newspaper article I read while visiting family in Ghana two years ago. The text was bold and direct…."Galamsey Miners Buried Alive.” That headline stopped me dead in my tracks. For those unfamiliar with Galamsey, it's a local term for illegal gold mining, an extremely dangerous practice with little financial reward and irreversible environmental consequences.
I became obsessed with understanding why young men and women risked their lives 30 ft underground, only to be paid a fraction of what the gold was worth. I visited the mining towns of Tarkwa and Prestea to do some research. The more I dug, the more apparent it became who really controlled the illegal gold mining industry in Ghana. Chinese companies assisted by local Chiefs really run the show, operating in the shadows while young local miners suffered all the risks and backlash.
I knew immediately this was a story worth telling. However, I didn't want to focus on the obvious theme of victimization. I wanted to craft a narrative that was personal and intimate, giving the audience a glimpse into a Ghanaian family dealing with love, loss, tragedy, betrayal and sibling rivalry.
So, instead of centering the issues, I centered the people, which is seldom done when Hollywood makes films in Africa. Our objective was to capture the beauty, even when the circumstances weren't beautiful.
Together with my Cinematographer Michael Fernandez, we began to craft a visual style that matched the narrative. Storyboards were a major part of the process. I drew all 600 frames (200 pages) of the film which helped us visualize every scene before we shot.
We also produced our own Mexican Telenovela 'Puebla Mi Amor' which our characters in 'The Burial Of Kojo' watched. Anyone who knows Ghanaians knows we love Telenovelas. So, instead of licensing an already made Telenovela, we decided to shoot our own. This allowed us to create a parallel narrative between what was happening to our characters and what was happening on their TV.
After four intense weeks, we have successfully completed principal photography. We are excited to bring our film to the world and need your help finishing post-production.
USE OF FUNDS:
Color grading and correction
Securing music rights
Sound effects and Sound mix
Marketing and Film Festival expenses
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All Still Photos by Ofoe Amegavie
Risks and challenges
Funding for the film was the most difficult part of the process. I realized no investor was interested in financing an African film that didn't revolve around the narrow clichés of War and Disease. Self funding was my only option. I had to leverage my music career, playing concerts around the world to raise the minimum required budget for the film. After two years of hard work, we have finally wrapped production on an essential human story of courage and survival in Ghana. All we need is your help to finish post production and bring this amazing film to the world. Thank You.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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