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Through a magical realist lens, 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. Directed by TED fellow, music composer and musician Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.


  • Ama K. Abebrese
  • Joe Addo
  • Henry Adofo
  • Kobina Amissah-Sam
  • Brian Angels
  • Cynthia Dankwa
  • Edward Dankwa
  • Mamley Djangmah
  • Anima Misa
  • Zalfa Odonkor

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May 31, 2019

Though the film deals in tragedy, its sheer cinematic exuberance is immensely hopeful. As too, is the story of how one of the most exciting directorial debuts in recent memory was picked up by Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing and planted in a few theaters before blossoming on Netflix.

Metacritic review by Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang
Apr 2, 2019

Viewers may worry that Bazawule's starkly gorgeous pictures aren't going to add up to anything, but Burial satisfies in prosaic as well as poetic terms, supplying an end that makes sense of its beginning. It will leave many who see it eager for the young filmmaker's next fable.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 28, 2019

The Burial of Kojo is a near-virtuoso work, a feast of emotion, nuance and beauty, and a startling feature directing debut.

Metacritic review by Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
The New York Times