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Anansi

Anansi
Jimmy Akingbola, Naomie Harris (photo © AVISTA FILM)

From Ghana to a deserted coast - from Morocco to Spain - out of desperate need, a group of West Africans dare the perilous journey to Germany. But their path to the promised land of satellite dishes and a better life is strewn with obstacles.

In West Africa, the name "Anansi" means spider - a well-loved trickster. This ancient mythical character represents the survival strategies of a people who secure a future for themselves in spite of the most repulsive conditions.

The main character - Zaza - is played by George Quaye, Ghana's much adored womanizer in the weekly soap Taxi. His friend Sir Francis - the wise cracker - is played by Maynard Eziashi, who earned a Silver Bear at Berlin in 1992 for Mister Johnson and also starred in the film Ace Ventura. Reggae superstar Shaggy supported the project from the beginning and contributed the title song Why Me Lord. Roman Bunka's vivid soundtrack carries the spirit of this road movie - oscillating between laughter and tears. Anansi is an odyssey full of wonders and sacrifices, African mystic and a love that surpasses all borders.


Fritz Baumann was born in 1950 in Brannenburg. From 1973-1977, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1976, he has been working as an independent producer, director, recording supervisor and film editor. His films include: Mord (1974), Die Pensionierung (1975), Die Begegnungen (1976), co-direction on Let’s Not Talk About It (1978) and Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (TV, 1981) with Werner Penzel, So frei wie der Loewe (1984), D’jubel Wies’n (documentary, 1985), Woman (documentary, 1989), The Journey of the Lion (Die Reise des Loewen, 1993) – winner of the Silver Plaque at Chicago in 1993 and the New York Times Film Critics’ Award in 1994, Eisen (TV, 1996), six documentary episodes of Bonn packt (TV, 1999) and Anansi (2002), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Fritz Baumann
Screenplay Fritz Baumann
Cinematography Arturo Smith
Christian Lonk
Roman Bunka
Carsten Lippstock
Cast Danny Sapani, Maynard Eziashi, Naomie Harris, Jimmy Akingbola, George Quaye
Producers Alena Rimbach, Herbert Rimbach
Production Company AVISTA Film/Munich, in co-production with Brainpool Pictures, Calypso Film/Cologne, in cooperation with ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 80 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Montreal 2002, Ghent 2002, Marrakesch 2002, AFI Los Angeles 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, Filmbuero NW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Neue Pegasos Film/Frankfurt

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