Sun 12 Nov    •    15:30    •    Watershed

Paa Joe & The Lion

+ Director’s Q&A

Director: Benjamin Wigley 
Cast: Joseph Ashong, Jacob Tetteh-Ashong
UK, 2016, 72 mins, English, 15 

 

A fisherman is buried in a fish-shaped coffin, a heavy drinker in a beer bottle. For the Ga tribe of coastal Ghana, colourful funerals and custom-made coffins make for an impressive send-off. Master coffin craftsman Paa Joe keeps this tradition alive, and his work is celebrated the world over. But back in Ghana, Joe struggles to survive as the demand for his masterpieces dwindles. His son, Jacob, dreams of returning his father to his glory days. Can a once in a lifetime opportunity in the UK save his business and preserve his legacy? Or will his name crumble silently, like thousands of his artworks underground?