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Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl

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Set in the sister cities of Accra, Ghana and Columbus, Ohio, Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl is a rhythmic love letter to Black girlhood through the lens of the Ghanaian jumping and clapping game, ampe.

Directors Spotlight

Claudia Owusu


Claudia Owusu is a Ghanaian-American Writer and Filmmaker based in Columbus, Ohio. She writes from these two liminal spaces in an attempt to make sense of them. She believes in the beauty of community and the intimate stories we share when we think no one is listening. Her work engages the spaces that Black women and girls occupy, namely their relationship with safety, carefreeness, and self-ownership.

Ife Oluwamuyide


Ife Oluwamuyide is a Nigerian-American visual artist and filmmaker based in both Columbus, OH and Brooklyn, NY. She is a student at Pratt Institute, studying fine art with a minor in community art and design education. As a black female artist it is important that she writes her own narrative, exploring the complexities and beauty of black womanhood and learning to embrace, love, and cherish each and every aspect of it. Through her work she hopes to provide access to the otherwise exclusive medium of visual art.

  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Country: United States, Ghana
  • Language: English, Twi, Pidgin
  • Director: Claudia Owusu and Ife Oluwamuyide
  • Animator: Norbert Fosu
  • Cast: Norkor Nortey, Samuella Graham, Martha Nyarko, Nives Quaye
  • Cinematographer: Daniel Attoh (Accra), Charles Fatunbi (Columbus)
  • Composer: Obed Otchere
  • Editor: Kwesi Botchway
  • Executive Producer: Claudia Owusu, Michelle Zei
  • Producer: Christine Boateng & Khalid Iddisah (Accra), Juli Sasaki (Columbus), Claudia Owusu
  • Screenwriter: Claudia Owusu and Ife Oluwamuyide
  • Sound Design: Kwesi Botchway
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

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