Deadline is reporting that Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing has picked up The Burial of Kojo from musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule. The film will debut on Netflix March 31 in tandem with a national screening tour.
Marking his feature debut, The Burial of Kojo is an official selection of the 2019 Pan African Film Festival and the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner.
The Burial Of Kojo follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. Through a magical realist lens and a series of bizarre dreams, Esi remembers the tragic accident caused by Kojo which killed Kwabena’s bride on their wedding day. Kwabena in turn, devices a revenge plot 7 years later, knocking Kojo unconscious and leaving him in a mine to die. After the police are unable to find Kojo, Esi’s bizarre dreams lead her to her father, but will she be too late?
“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,” says ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”
This marks the 22nd acquisition for ARRAY which has become an epicenter of independent film driven by inclusive storytelling. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
The Burial of Kojo deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well as Samuel Wilson of Salzano, Jackson & Lampert, LLP for the filmmaker.