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Drama about nuances of a queer relationship and new ways of queer community celebratinos

An intimate drama following Esther and Chioma as they navigate the nuances of their relationship. They find themselves at a Ghanaian naming ceremony where they are invited to reconnect in a rhythmic celebration of diasporic Black queer joy.

Esther and Chioma try to connect as Chioma struggles to fully understand the nuances of Esther’s life as a non-binary person. But through a queering of a Ghanaian naming ceremony, the couple are invited to reconnect in a rhythmic celebration of diasporic Black queer joy. The film was made with a mostly Black & Global Majority queer cast and crew in Manchester.

The director Savannah Acquah says: 'Dzifa was made as a celebration of Black queer joy. The film aims to truthfully acknowledge the multifaceted experiences of young Black queer people living in the UK, particularly wanting to rewrite depictions of a solely homophobic West African 'Motherland', highlighting the possibility for hope and a Black queer utopia that can be discovered through Ghanaian traditions.'


Writer & director: Savannah Acquah (@savannah_acquah)

Producers & assistant directors:
Tiyrese-Jerome N. Engena (@tiy_jerome), Zakariya Saeed (@zak_sae), Kate Butler (@katee.butler)

Starring: Esther Atunrase (@nualoe__), Phoebe Bennett (@phoeberaebennett), Bennettiscoming (@bennettiscoming), MayaLae (@laedybrrd), Olateju Olaoke (@itsjustteju), Gabriel Nwosu-Hope (@_nduhope), Nyah Nish (@nyahnish)

Cinematography & editing: Savannah Acquah (@savannah_acquah)
Sound editing: Josh Woolley (@josh.woolley00)
Colour grading: Afaaq Raja (@kyber0114)

Sound recordists: Josh Woolley (@josh.woolley00),  Paula Kraukle (@pk_audio)
Costume design: Millie Loveday (@millie_loveday)
Costume: Millie Loveday (@millie_loveday), Lily Standing (@lilystanding_)
Runner & continuity: Farzana Simran Anzarudeen (@farzana_anzar), Rosa Fryer (@frosan_peas)
Runner & camera assistant: Meg Pitchford
Runner: Macy Byfield (@macybyfield)

Featuring music from: Wanlov The Kubolor (@wanlov) & Alostmen (@alostmenmusic), Sister Deborah (@sisterdeborah) ft. Ohemaa Dadao (@ohemaa_dadao), Baaba J (@baaba_j)