Ava DuVernay’s Array acquires The Burial of Kojo for Netflix release
James R | On 18, Feb 2019
Ava DuVernay and Netflix are teaming up to release The Burial of Kojo this spring.
The director of Selma and A Wrinkle in Time is no stranger to Netflix, having with Central Park Five currently in production for the streaming giant and 13th released worldwide via the service in 2016. DuVernay also founded ARRAY Releasing in 2010 for distributing films from underrepresented voices. Now, the two are coming together, with ARRAY acquiring The Burial of Kojo to release it online.
The movie, which is directed by musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, is an official selection of the 2019 Pan African Film Festival and won Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival. The feature debut of Bazawule, it follows two brothers through the eyes of a gifted girl who travels beautiful lands that exist between life and death.
“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,” said ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones, in a statement. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”
“I wanted to distribute this film from the minute I heard @BlitzAmbassador was making it,” DuVernay said on Twitter.
The company has bought the distribution rights for the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with a Netflix release set for 31st March, alongside a US cinema tour.
I wanted to distribute this film from the minute I heard @BlitzAmbassador was making it. My dream came true. Proud to announce the 22nd release from @ArrayNow. The gorgeous Ghanaian gem THE BURIAL OF KOJO. Hitting Netflix and local screens March 31. Can’t wait for folks to see! pic.twitter.com/IoF49V34KK
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 15, 2019
The Burial of Kojo is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.