Kissi, who got the call to join the production as a second unit director from Fordjour while he was in Ghana burying his maternal grandmother, provided even more context to the bigger impact this visual album has on what cross-cultural conversations look like within the global Black community. “This is the first time where we get to have a global conversation within the diaspora and beyond of what it means to be Black and what it means to be African at that, and I think there are many different nuanced conversations within that and topics on how that it’s expressed, who says it, who owns that narrative, how that narrative is actually beneficial to people that are continental Africans on the ground—as well as spread out throughout the diaspora—there [are] so many different layers of it,” he explains. “As one person, I’m able to amplify as much as possible, but how do I begin to unwind the webs that have been woven around what Blackness is, what being African is, globally?”
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