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What to know: Passionate documentary about a young African American jazz drummer whose love of music shines through.
KOJO: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-18
14 minutes
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This film would play well at a KIDS FIRST! Film festival because it follows the passion of a young person who many kids would be able to relate to. Kojo loves playing drums, but also wants people to appreciate his creativity and style. He is influenced by great drummers and we can all learn something from him. Whatever you do or play, you should want to have a high level of performance and do the very best you are capable of. I have never heard of him before but I'm going to follow him now. Anyone can relate to the amount of practice it takes to be prepared to perform well. This film flows well and has very good visual and audio quality. It explores the life of a young drummer and his passion for his art. Kojo's narration keeps you interested. I like how it doesn't only focuses on Kojo but includes his friends and general public. It feels very real and unscripted, just like you are getting a sneak peek into Kojo's life. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Very enjoyable documentary about a young African American jazz drummer. You can't help but be inspired by this young man who is mentored by his musician father but, certainly is motivated by his own love of music. Recommended for ages 8 to 18 for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. If you love music, love children, and love to see people working hard doing what they love, you will love this short film. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KOJO is a short documentary on gifted twelve year old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this candid interview, Kojo reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of Jazz music, learning from his mentor and father, Jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney and much more. Kojo's charisma, sensibility, and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills and for the first time in this documentary he shares it with you.
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