Kwaku Ananse

  • Kwaku Ananse
© Obibini Pictures
Genre : Fantasy
Type : Fiction
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2013
Format : Short
Running time : 25 (in minutes)

A film breathing life to a popular old fable from Ghana to the African diaspora. A short film by Akosua Adoma Owusu Featuring Jojo Abot, Koo Nimo, and Grace Omaboe. Ghana / Mexico / USA, 2013, Short, 26 min, Twi/English


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.


Produced by: Obibini Pictures LLC
in association with Focus Features Africa First
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


Berlinale Talent Campus
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



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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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