Benjamin Wigley
Benjamin Wigley

Paa Joe & The Lion

Ghana 2011. Inside a dusty roadside shack sleeps Paa Joe - the world renowned Grandfather of the fantasy coffin trade. He dreams of his bygone days – bringing money home in briefcases and work being shipped to galleries the world over. Now, he sleeps as the cars hurtle passed. There are no customers, no tourists – there are no coffins to make. His son, Jacob, dreams too, he dreams of returning his father to his glory days and rebuilding the family legacy together. Over the next four years they stand side-by-side, conquering love and death and embracing a life changing opportunity to travel to the UK to undertake an artist residency. It is the start of their future together – father and son, master and apprentice, Paa Joe & The Lion.

Team Partner
Anna Griffin, producer
Producer / Production Details
Supported by Creative England, WorldView, Arts Council England
Top Awards/Festivals
Sheffield Doc/Fest (2016)
SXSW (2017)
Dokuarts Berlin (2018)
Millenium Docs Against Gravity (2018)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2018)
Amazon Prime Video
United Kingdom
Training Programme
Masterschool 2012