LIKE COTTON TWINES
Directed by Leila Djansi, 2017, 95min 
7pm, September 13 & 15 at ImageNation's RAW SPACE
w/ director Q&A

 

Micah Brown (Jay Ellis from Issa Rae's INSECURE), an American English teacher thought his life in Ghana was going to be serene and self satisfying until he discovers his student, 14 year-old Tuigi (Ophelia Dzidzornu) is being forced to drop out of school. To atone for her father's crime, she will become a Trokosi - Wife of the gods. Locked in a battle between church and state, the past and the present, Micah is determined to help Tuigi have a life outside this tradition.

 

The 9/13 showing will be preceded by short films The Storm and Mast Qalandar

The 9/15 showing will be preceded by short film The Suit

About The Storm: A busy mother tries to connect to her imaginative son in the wake of familial turmoil. "After The Storm" looks at those affected most by a struggle that's bigger than them all.

About Mast Qalandar: Montek, a Sikh boy is about to turn thirteen. Whilst tying his turban in the morning his mother asks him what he wants for his birthday. He doesn’t respond. If he tells her what he wants, she won’t let him have it.

About The Suit: Based on the acclaimed short story by banned South African journalist Can Themba, "The Suit" is set in 1950s Sophiatown, Johannesburg, against the backdrop of the apartheid regime’s forced removals under the Group Areas Act. "The Suit" tells the story of Philemon who discovers his wife, Matilda, in bed with a lover. The lover flees, leaving behind his suit. Philemon devises a cruel punishment, forcing Matilda to treat the suit as a guest who must eat with them, go on walks and accompany them to church. The story is a powerful metaphor for the impact of oppression on personal relationships.

 

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