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Making of King

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How do exaggerated self-promotion and attention-seeking media promote a man to 'king' status and what structural racism underlies this performance in the media? The search for answers raises new questions.

The story of the 'King of Ghana who lives as a car mechanic in Germany and rules his people in Ghana via Skype' must have already been told over thousand times by German and international media. The documentary 'Making of King' tries to paint the picture more three dimensional and raises critical questions about royal titles, media marketing, stereotypes, development aid and internalized racism.

  • Johannes Krug
  • Johannes Krug
  • Johannes Krug
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    44 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Ghana
  • Language:
    English, German
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Filmacademy Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Black Star International Film Festival
    September 22, 2022
    World Premiere
    Best Student Film
Director Biography - Johannes Krug


Johannes Krug is an award-winning aspiring German filmmaker. After a year abroad in Ghana and a Bachelor in Audiovisual Media at Stuttgart Media University, he is currently studying Directing, specializing in documentary films at the renowned Filmacademy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. His documentary focus also impacts the way he writes and directs his fictional films. He is married to the Ghanaian educationist and fashion designer Irene Selorm Abiti. In 2019 his Ghanaian pilot DIVINE419 was awarded the 'Baden-Württembergischer Filmpreis' among others.


– ‚Black Savior‘ 2023, Testimonial Short, 30 min

– ‚Making of King‘ 2022, Documentary, 44 min

– ‚my past, not your future‘ 2020, Documentary, 13 min

– ‚DIVINE419 – HAWKERS HUSTLE‘ 2019, Pilot, 35 min

– ‚Precamp is in Cuba‘ 2019, Documentary, 12 min

– ‚Forst Först‘ 2019, Documentary, 26 min

– ‚WIR SIND FRIEDLICH, WAS SEID IHR?‘ 2018, Short, 9 min

– ‚ICTUS‘ 2018, experimental Short, 3 min

– ‚Afro Shop‘ 2017, threepart Docuseries, each 8-9 min

– ‚GHERMANYA – GERMANY in GHANA‘ 2016, Documentary, 84 min


Johannes Krug ist ein preisgekrönter junger deutscher Filmemacher. Nach einem Auslandsjahr in Ghana und einem Bachelorstudium der Audiovisuellen Medien an der Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, studiert er derzeit Regie, mit der Spezialisierung Dokumentarfilm an der renommierten Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Sein dokumentarischer Schwerpunkt beeinflusst auch seine Herangehensweise an fiktionale Projekte. Er ist verheiratet mit der ghanaischen Pädagogin und Modedesignerin Irene Selorm Abiti. 2019 wurde sein in Ghana spielender Serienpilot DIVINE419 unter anderem mit dem Baden-Württembergischen Filmpreis ausgezeichnet.


– ‚Black Savior - Goats for Yurududum‘ 2023, Testimonial Kurzfilm, 30 min

– ‚Making of King‘ 2022, Dokumentarfilm, 40 min

– ‚my past, not your future‘ 2020, Dokumentarfilm, 13 min

– ‚DIVINE419 – HAWKERS HUSTLE‘ 2019, Serienpilot Kurzfilm, 35 min

– ‚Vorlager ist in Kuba‘ 2019, Dokumentarfilm, 12 min

– ‚Forst Först‘ 2019, Dokumentarfilm, 26 min

– ‚WIR SIND FRIEDLICH, WAS SEID IHR?‘ 2018, Kurzfilm, 9 min

– ‚ICTUS‘ 2018, experimenteller Kurzfilm, 3 min

– ‚Afro Shop‘ 2017, dreiteilige Dokuserie, jeweils 8-9 min

– ‚GHERMANYA – GERMANY in GHANA‘ 2016, Dokumentarfilm, 84 min

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