Kwaku Ananse

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Countries: Ghana, Mexico and USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 25 min.
Language: Twi

The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse tells the story of a part man, part spider who spends years collecting all wisdom of the world in a wooden pot. As he tries to hide the pot his little son, Ntikuma shows him the way, which angers Kwaku Ananse that he throws down the pot so it bursts and the wisdom seeps away. The fable is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father’s funeral. Overwhelmed by the procession, she escapes into the spirit world in search for her father. She carries her ambivalence with her into the forest, where she learns the ultimate truth about all human relationships.

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