The Burial of Kojo, the directorial debut from Ghanaian Samuel “Blitz” Bazawuke, is officially in the running for a Golden Globe nomination.
The recognition makes the film the first-ever from Ghana to be considered for a nomination.
Bazawuke, better known by his moniker Blitz the Ambassador, shared the good news on Twitter.
The film, which tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of a gifted girl who travels beautiful lands that exist between life and death, debuted on Netflix in the spring in tandem with a national screening tour.
Ava Duvernay’s Array acquired the film’s distribution rights. At the time Duvernay tweeted her excitement at the acquisition, saying that she “wanted to distribute this film from the minute I heard [Bazawule] was making it.”
Ninety-five films from 65 different countries are being considered for nomination in the category, including Cannes favorite Atlantics from Senegal and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind from Malawi.