Once upon a time in Ghana, Paa Joe's business—bespoke "fantasy coffins," meticulously crafted simulacra of mythic beasts—was booming, but that time appears long past. His son Jacob seeks to return the family business to its former glory, a plan that begins with an artist residency in the U.K. where they will craft their biggest and boldest coffin yet: a majestic lion. Paa Joe & The Lion is the heartwarming fish-out-of-water story about a father and son embracing life through art that celebrates death.
Director Benjamin Wigley
Cast Joseph Ashong, Jacob Tetteh-Ashong
Producer Anna Griffin
Cinematographer Benjamin Wigley
Editor Benjamin Wigley
Don and Mary Jo Layden
After School Special, Milwaukee Blacksmith, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design