Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl is a documentary film by Ghanaian/Nigerian artists Ife Oluwamuyide and Claudia Owusu. Set in Accra, Ghana and their hometown Columbus, OH, the film highlights the journey of Black Girlhood, and the relationships that Ghanaian girls have with their childhood selves through the lens of the traditional game, ampe. Ampe is a high-energy game played by girls in Ghana, West Africa. It includes jumping, clapping, and an all-around cheer as two teams select a stepping pattern and face off. The teams have leading players, referred to as “mothers'', who start the game and encourage players to compete at their best. The innate joy and competitive edge of ampe reveals the desire that Black girls have to be set free and feel a range of emotions without judgment.

Watch the trailer below.


Format: DCP, HD
GENRE: Short Documentary, Narrative
Duration: 17 mins, 50 seconds
Year: 2022
Subtitles: English
Filming Locations: Columbus, Ohio and Accra, Ghana

Claudia Owusu, Director | Writer | Filmmaker

Claudia Owusu is a Ghanaian-American Writer and Filmmaker based in Columbus, Ohio. She writes from these two liminal spaces, internally and externally, trying 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 often engages the spaces that Black women and girls occupy, namely their relationship with safety, carefreeness, and self-ownership.

Connect with us: @lookingfornanayaa

Ife Oluwamuyide, Director | Visual Artist | Filmmaker

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.

Connect with us: @ifoluwa_



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Wexner Center for the Arts - April 29th, 2023 9am - 12pm

Florida Film Festival - “Enzian Theater” - April 18th, 2023 3:45pm

Florida Film Festival - “Regal Winter Park Village” - April 17th, 2023 8:30pm

Cleveland International Film Festival - March 23, 24, 27-31th, 2023

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