The Burial of Kojo picked up by Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY
Deadline has brought word that, following its award-winning debut at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, The Burial of Kojo has been acquired by Ava Duvernay’s independent film studio ARRAY for a release on Netflix.
The film, written and directed by musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, follows the young Esi as she travels on a magical journey to find her missing father and uncle, the latter of whom has trapped her father in a mine shaft during an illegal mining expedition.
The Burial of Kojo marks ARRAY’s 22nd acquisition, expanding its collection of inclusive and unique storytelling, namely this film, which blends a familial narrative with magical realism and Afrofuturism.
“Through his fantastic film, director Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule weaves African mythology and socio-political issues into a stunning tapestry punctuated by both drama and dreams,” ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones said. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”
The acquisition comes shortly after the studio also picked up the documentary MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen from Hepi Mita highlighting his mother and her work as an activist and a Sundance Institute advisor that would lead her down the road to becoming the first indigenous woman to direct a film on her own.
ARRAY and Netflix have set a release date for The Burial of Kojo for March 31, as well as a limited theatrical release in the United States.