Curtis Essel crafts an intriguing experimental short celebrating past heritage with current identity, leveraging vivid imagery of Ghanian culture. Lovely piece of work.

Production Details & Descriptions:

Allumuah [Pronounced: ‘A-Loom-Wah’] is a short film by Curtis Essel that explores the path of intersectional/generational relationships which vividly depicts the beauty in culture and the characters within it.

A tribute by the director to his late grandmother, in his own words: “A love letter to himself and for anyone on the path of re-discovery of self.”

“Allumuah” is the winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick award at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival. Read more about it here:

This film was commissioned as part of a 3-part series titled ‘No Direct Flight’ by NOWNESS in partnership with the BFI and British Council.

Director: Curtis Essel
Production Company: 33 BOUND @33BOUND
Producer: Kobby Parker
Cinematography: Kofi Asante
1st AC: Kwame Acheampong
Motion Designer: Kojo Ampo @Keli.Studio
Stylist: PC Williams @PC_Williams
Score: Tariq Disu @Tariqdisu
Sound Design: Axel Kacoutié @Axelkacoutie
Costume Designer: Muntari Massawudu
Hair Stylist: Keren B @Kerenhapukb
Make-up Artists: Gifty Enyinful & Nafisa Abdul-Aziz @Naphsie_Mua
Grade: Karol Cybulski @imkarol.colour
Words: Dami Khadijah @Damikhadijah