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Curtis Essel


Allumuah [Pronounced: ‘A-Loom-Wah’] is a short film by Curtis Essel that explores the path of intersectional/generational relationships which vividly depicts the beauty in culture and the characters within it. A tribute by the director to his late grandmother, in his own words: “A love letter to himself and for anyone on the path of re-discovery of self.”

Curtis Essel is an emerging filmmaker, photographer and artist. His branded content, music video, short film and documentary work have been awarded and nominated by Tribeca Film Festival, BFI, Ava DuVernay Array, Getty and Vimeo to name but a few. At 17, the young Ghanaian Londoner borrowed a camera so that he could take pictures of his brother modelling clothes that he wanted to sell on eBay. Inspired by the power of film and storytelling, Curtis Essel would then immerse himself in digital photography and literature honing his craft and creating award winning work. Essel is now pushing boundaries and shifting the narrative of diverse cultures across several mediums. Curtis creates visually striking work that consciously leaves the audience with more knowledge than when they began. Imparting viewers with intimate insight into personal human experiences in all its depth.