Water (If Only They Knew) is a short film by Mos Popular Human for Ghanaian-British rapper Kojey Radical. For all its worth, it spins your mind towards black history month. Its focus on melanin, backed by powerful story is grim and captivating.
Water is narrated by Michael Acoel, the film features British singer, Mahalia, The Jaiy Twins, Aayna Martin, Craig Johannes, Ayden Baffoe & Lorida Addae.
Before the voice of Michael Acoel leads on the shackled hands of the Jaiy Twins & of a young girl sitting on a swing, a dark frame already prepares you for what happens next.
Acoel’s narration is rough-edged, as if it were raising alarm, a reaction caused by the gravity of the stories it would eventually tell in the film. Water is a story of coming of age; of blackness; and a subtle examination of white religion.
“I build my world on standards: standards I learned as an infant and then ain’t much of my own,” Michael Acoel narrates, a note of stress in his voice.
He goes on further to narrate how much of the ideologies, like sexuality and politics are what he found out as he gradually became confident in his own perception of things. “I grew more confident with my own solitude,” a silhouetted man with a Bible, blood-stained band aid around his knuckles, jabs at the book with his finger. The man continues to make manic gestures as Michael Acoel announces, “Politics, love, manhood and sexuality, I discovered, like a blind lamb in the hands of unfamiliar shepherd,”
Asides the heaviness in the story Michael Acoel narrates, it is the untold story which bears the greatest weight.
Water is not only couched in flawless poetry, it would later transition to music, but before then, Acoel challenges: “You must keep dancing. Keep dancing, knowing the revenge would taste so much sweeter, once you’ve made it.” a spit in the face of colonialists, and a rousing call to the black race.
The latter part of Water is more musical (with Kojey Radical & Mahalia). Even if it is conscious, it gets more entertaining — except that the advocacy becomes louder than before. Michael Acoel’s part latch on your mind, as if your mind were a sponge and the words, something easily absorbed. But as Kojey Radical begins, his is more direct, as if to say, “What are you waiting for?”
“You just got caught in the cycle now.” He declares in one of his lines.
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