I came across this short film late last year when it got screened at the 4th Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival in Lagos. There are many films I loved but this is the one whose images replay in front of my eyes when I’m staring out the window. Also, ‘B for Boy’, but that deserves its own separate post.
The stories of Kwaku Ananse, or simply, Anansi, originated from the Ashanti people of Ghana. Anansi is a spider that also appears as a man. According to Wikipedia, Kwaku Anansi was the first Spider-man.
This 2013 film was directed by Ghanaian Akosua Adoma Owusu (go black girl power!) and it’s won a number of awards. In the film, the folklore is combined with the story of Nyan who returns to Ghana to attend her dad’s funeral – at some point, she leaves the funeral and goes into the woods/spirit world to look for her father. The film is said to be semi-autobiographical and Akosua says this about her inspiration: