13 4 / 2013

SHADOW AND ACT’s Zeba Blay: New York African Film Fest 2013 Review: ‘Boneshaker’

In Ghanaian director Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker, an African family journeys through rural Louisiana on a quest to rid a rebellious 7-year-old of the perceived evil spirits that have made her something of a problem child. 

Shot before the release of Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, the 12-minute short opens on the precociously expressive face of Quvenzhané Wallis, screaming and frantically kicking her feet as her grandmother tries to calm her down in the backseat of the car. From this frenetic jumping off point, the film is a soulful visual meditation on the in-between-ness of the African immigrant experience.

It’s hard to say much about the film without ruining its magic, but in the pivotal “exorcism” scene young Quvenzhané proves that her Oscar-nominated performance in Beasts wasn’t just a fluke - the girl’s got talent.

I hope this film will be widely available soon!!!

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