The Burial Of Kojo

2019

3/5
The Burial Of Kojo

Summary

The Burial Of Kojo tells the story of Kojo (Joseph Otsiman), who is left to die in an abandoned gold mine, as his young daughter Esi (newcomer Cynthia Dankwa) travels through a spirit land to save him.

Production: Wheel Barrow Productions

Direction: Blitz the Ambassador

Starring: Cynthia Dankwa, Ama K. Abebrese, Joseph Otsiman, Mamley Djangmah, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Henry Adofo, Joyce Anima Misa Amoah, Brian Angels, Joe Addo, Emanuel Nerttey, Edward Dankwa, Zalfa Odonkor

Release Date: 31 March 2019

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 1h 20min

Rating: 3/5

Review

“The Burial of Kojo” shows Esi as a child — played with an impressive quietude by Cynthia Dankwa — trying to live up to expectations. The action around her is enigmatic and fraught with mysticism. She is entrusted, by a blind old man, with the care of an ostensibly sacred white bird. But at night she dreams of a crow, or rather, a man in a crow costume, first seen upside-down.

These ancient symbolic elements are contrasted with a blurry telenovela (created especially for this film) that Esi sometimes watches idly with her mother, whose presence in the family is irregular.

 

Esi hasn’t yet started to grasp the significance of this netherworld when Kojo’s estranged brother Kwabena arrives, coaxing the family back to dry land.

The brothers look with disdain and fear at Chinese businessmen and laborers now exploiting the underground riches of their land. But that’s about the only thing that the brothers see eye-to-eye on.

Kwabena is the reason Kojo fled — on the day he was to marry the woman both of them loved, Kojo somehow caused an accident that killed her — but he wants to put the past behind them, and encourages Kojo to join him in a dangerous-sounding moneymaking scheme. Kwabena wants them to sneak into a gold mine that has been abandoned by a defunct mining company; Kojo balks at the risk, saying he only needs “something small” to get his family out of their current money woes.

As the two men gently debate this over the course of days, Esi becomes a fan of the fictional Mexican telenovela her grandmother watches: Puebla Mi Amor, which stars two brothers who clash violently over the woman they both love. Despite the heavy foreshadowing (not to mention the film’s title), the incident that dooms Kojo may shock viewers with its abrupt violence.

While Esi’s mother pursues reality-bound answers to her husband’s mysterious disappearance, the girl’s own quest is more in sync with a film where dreams have the weight of fact, however ambiguous their meanings.

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