It’s a good year for African films as Ghanaian film The Burial Of Kojo by musician cum director Blitz The Ambassador in the race for Golden Globe 2020.
Blitz The Ambassador, born Blitz Bazawuke announced the movie for cinemas on December 1, 2018, a production he worked on together with revered Ghanaian screen goddess, Ama Abebrese, who also starred in it, and American filmmaker, Terence Nance. Within a few months of release, Netflix placed the movie on its platform for global viewing.
The Burial Of Kojo reveals the story of love, hatred and revenge within a family, by this consideration for the Golden Globe, it has become the first-ever Ghanaian movie to achieve that will be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, by the award board.
Moreover, it is not the only African movie to be in the race, it has contenders like Atlantics by France based Senegalese director Mati Diop and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Atlantics is also in contention to become the first Senegalese movie to be nominated for an Oscar. These movies are among ninety-five movies from sixty-five countries vying for a nomination.
The debate around African movies considered for foreign language category will continue around this movie, because, a few days ago, Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart was disqualified by The Academy, stating it did meet the criteria (the dialogue should mainly be in a local dialect) for nomination.
We await the announcement of nominations on December 9, 2019, hopefully, The Burial Of Kojo will be nominated.
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