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Medo wo

A Ghanaian American man discovers the importance of cultural identity through a series of intimate flashback he experiences after an intense break up with the love of his life. Food, language, and love is a recipe he'll never forget.

  • Sean Addo
  • Sean Addo
  • Corina Maritescu
  • Sean Addo
  • Mike Bussereth
    Key Cast
  • Yetide Badaki
    Key Cast
  • Kelby Wood
    Director of Photography
  • Cheng Feng
  • Giuseppe Vasapolli
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    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sean Addo

Sean A. Addo is a graduate student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He studied motion graphics at the University of Cincinnati, while working as a junior designer creating broadcast packages for several prime time networks such as FOX, ABC, NBC, and many more, before working at the Procter and Gamble company as a products researcher, and scientist engineer. After taking the time to travel in Europe and rediscover what meant the most to him, he realized that his passion was to help impact the world creatively, and he decided to pursue this feat through film. Since then he has completed award winning shorts, Medowo, and Deeper Than Black. His feature script has been considered as a finalist for one of Sundance’s lab, and he has recently worked as the DP for 2016 feature film Inquisitor. Sean has established himself as a director, writer, and cinematographer that brings a unique voice to the big screen. His West African roots and his ability to communicate to a Western audience presents a rare cross cultural hybrid of content that is fresh to the ever evolving entertainment industry.

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Director Statement

Like much of my other work this film is a personal one. I think I’m no different from other artist as in I spend most of the process trying to make the work less about my own insecurities. But somehow the truth always surfaces and I am left exposed and vulnerable by my own creation. That’s the beauty with Medo wo, it’s not just a film about love. Although we’ve all experienced romance and heartbreak, this story weaves strong themes of culture and identity.

My wife and I have felt with the frustrations that the films characters experience. Me being Ghanaian-American and my wife growing up in Ghana has always been both unifying and sometimes challenging. As any normal human being I deflect the things I have difficulty with, like the language. A joke is easiest way to deal with something that seems embarrassing. For me it has always been the speaking our traditional language, which is something that my wife is very proud of within our culture. Because of my lack of confidence and the fear of never being considered actually Ghanaian by my own people has brought me here. To a place where even a simple task as cooking can create a rift. As much as I have tried to avoid it, this story was important to me and in fact needed to become a reflection of my short comings. Sometimes the best therapy is an honest reflection of yourself. Im honored that this intimacies of identity and love has reviled itself to be a universal topic that my audience and myself can share.