Created in 2012 by New York-based Ghanaian filmmaker Frances Bodomo, Boneshaker is a short dramatic film that stars Quvenzhané Wallis. Wallis plays a young girl, whose Ghanaian family takes her to a Louisiana church in hopes of banishing the evil spirits that they believe are possessing her. The film screened in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival and proved to be a major breakout project for Bodomo.
“Boneshaker focuses on the feelings of homelessness, landlessness, and rootlessness that often accompany immigration,” says Bodomo. “I grew up in constant motion—moving from Ghana to Norway, to Hong Kong, to the USA—and as a result have always felt homesick for a home I have never had, nostalgic for a place I have never visited”
“The film was the first in which I unpacked childhood experiences from the small details—the smell, the feel, the turns of phrase, the colors—of the many worlds I’ve seen. This project showed me that there is a lot to own beyond land and place.”
Watch Boneshaker, in its entirety, below.