Each year Filmmaker Magazine profiles 25 emerging filmmakers. This year their list includes ATLFF alum Frances Bodomo.
Bodomo’s first short, Boneshaker, made the festival rounds in 2013. It tells the tale of an African family in the American South looking to a Louisiana church to “cure” their problem child. “In Ghana, if something is wrong with you, they take you to church and pray to get rid of the evil spirit,” Bodomo explains. “I wanted to explore [in Boneshaker] what it is like to be a migrant — trying to hold onto this dream of Africa that has been lost.” Her following short, Afronauts — which she’s now turning into a feature — is an even bolder success, a hallucinatory fusion of history, science, political critique, and imaginative fantasy.