Screenwriter x Prose / 2020
From BFI x Nowness x British Council
Award-winning experiential film set in Ghana & London directed by Curtis Essel. I developed the concept for the prose to weave ancient forms of storytelling from four early African tribes; Yoruba, Kikuyu, Xhosa and Fante from west, east and south of Africa. The idea was to pull from traditional proverbs from many of the Sub-Saharan African nations, weaving them together to tell one complete full story.
The use of non-English narration was intentional so it was clear who the message was to. It was also to avoid the use of what many understand to be ‘plain language.’ Proverbs, parables, and fables; an ancient form of storytelling across Africa, are still very much in use today.
Commissioned by NOWNESS in partnership with BFI & British Council, the film premiered at Tribeca Film festival & won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award for film of the year in collaboration with Philadelphia’s BlackStar Film Festival.