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Short Film Review: ‘Nyame Mma’ – Joewackle’s Audacious Film About Loss, Grief and Love Lost.

The film’s narrative unfolds delicately, focusing on themes of love, loss, grief, and reconciliation, while subtly addressing the societal limitations faced by queer individuals in expressing their emotions openly.



Nyame Mma,” the poignant short film written and directed by Joewackle J. Kusi, embarks on a profound exploration of loss, identity, and societal pressures within the context of familial grief. 

At its core, the narrative follows Kwamena, a young man who returns home following his father’s sudden death, only to confront not only the absence of his father but also the loss of his estranged lover, Maroof, amidst societal expectations.

Kwamena’s emotional journey unfolds against the backdrop of Takoradi, Ghana, visually capturing the historical significance of the setting through its architectural charm. The film seamlessly weaves elements of spirit fiction and surrealism, adding a dreamy texture that complements its themes. 

However, what truly distinguishes “Nyame Mma” is its audacious tackling of sensitive subject matter, particularly in the context of Ghana’s socio-political climate, with the recent passing of anti-LGBT legislation looming large. It is understandable why the filmmakers might be sceptical about making this film available to the public. But it is still an art piece that deserves to be seen and appreciated for what it is.

Kobina Amisssah-Sam delivers a compelling performance as Kwamena, portraying the internal turmoil of a queer man grappling with loss and acceptance. His nuanced portrayal effectively conveys the isolation and pain experienced by individuals who lack space for authentic expression of their grief. He anchors the script well with his delivery and embodiment of the character.

Opposite him is Maroof, portrayed by Papa Osei Akoto, who also delivers succinctly on the role of a Muslim conflicted by his choices and sexuality.

The film’s narrative unfolds delicately, focusing on themes of love, loss, grief, and reconciliation, while subtly addressing the societal limitations faced by queer individuals in expressing their emotions openly. The chemistry between Kwamena and Maroof is palpable, their exchanges laden with emotional weight and vulnerability as they bare themselves to these characters that would most likely be criticised heavily for choosing to play. 

In a particularly poignant moment in the film, Maroof‘s candid response of “I am learning to love her” to Kwamena‘s question “Do you love her” reflects the internal conflicts faced by many in similar situations.

The musical score further enriches the viewing experience, with original compositions and existing tracks adding layers of intensity and emotional nuance to pivotal scenes. Each musical choice enhances the atmosphere, drawing viewers deeper into Kwamena‘s journey of self-discovery and healing.

The film is aptly titled Nyame Mma, which translates to ‘Children of God’ It interestingly does not force itself to be a religious film one that attempts to preach a sermon about what is right and what is wrong. 

Despite the film’s bold exploration of LGBT themes, it maintains a subtle approach, prioritizing universal themes of human experience. Through its nuanced storytelling and compelling performances, “Nyame Mma” offers a thought-provoking reflection on the complexities of identity and grief that are likely to resonate with audiences on a profound emotional level.

Nyame Mma” stands as a testament to the power of cinema to not only provoke introspection and empathy but to also spark conversation. While its subject matter may be contentious, its artistic merit is undeniable and should be seen as such. 

Joewackle J. Kusi has crafted an audacious film that demands to be seen and appreciated for its narrative depth, visual beauty, and thematic resonance. It’s a story that transcends boundaries and speaks to the universal truths of love, loss, and the search for belonging.

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