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Emmanuel Adjei

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Emmanuel Adjei is a Ghanaian-Dutch filmmaker and visual artist, whose work has explored the realms between film, music video, and art installation. With a primary interest in storytelling, Adjei’s work interrogates concepts of power, freedom, displacement, and inequality, told through his multi-layered dramatic narratives. Creating atmospheric worlds in both a painterly and cinematic style, Adjei always seeks to challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality.

Adjei’s exciting career has been marked by collaborations with a variety of recording artists such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Mark Pritchard, and Mykki Blanco. His short film The Formula (2016) and music video Human (2016) for Sevdaliza, has been hailed by critics, and his most prominent mind-bending short film Shahmaran (2018) received widespread critical acclaim, numerous awards and nominations at the UK Music Video Awards, D&AD, Young Director Award, Camerimage, Kinsale Shark Awards, Epica Awards, Shots Awards, Creative Circle Awards, Ciclope Awards, and Le Club des Directeurs Artistiques. In line with the success of his prior work, his distinct visuals for Madonna’s Dark Ballet (2019), and Batuka (2019), has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME, and Billboard. Adjei’s work has been screened at Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying festivals around the world and 2020 saw the announcement of Emmanuel’s contribution as film director to Beyoncè’s BLACK IS KING, premiering on Disney Plus July 31st.

Adjei holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Utrecht School of the Arts (NL) and went further to study Film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE).

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Shahmaran

Shahmaran

Emmanuel teams up with Sevdaliza for another spectral collaboration: the spiritual symbolic story that is ‘Shahmaran’

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Das Handwerk

Das Handwerk

Das Handwerk teams up with Heimat and a selection of HALAL directors including Emmanuel to pay homage to the art of craftsmanship

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DITA

DITA

A two-minute film by Emmanuel Adjei pushes the boundaries of art and commercial for DITA

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna releases 'Dark Ballet' inspired by Joan of Arc starring Mykki Blanco with a jarring visual by Emmanuel

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Madonna

Madonna

Emmanuel captures an extraordinary musical gathering where Madonna pays homage to and performs with the all-female Orquestra Batukadeiras

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Sevdaliza

Sevdaliza

Emmanuel Adjei explores the realms of fantasy and voyeurism in his iconic video for Sevdaliza.

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Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss

Who Will You Be Next? Moody branded fashion short for High Snobiety shot on 35mm.

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PATTA London FW '16

PATTA London FW '16

Emmanuel shoots the launch film "Three Kings" for the opening of the Patta store in London.

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Sevdaliza

Sevdaliza

'The Formula' is the result of a collaboration with artist Sevdaliza; a triptych short film, featuring 3 original (sound)tracks.

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PATTA SS 16

PATTA SS 16

Patta has released a short film titled Concept of Wind, as part of its SS'16 collection.

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Mark Pritchard & Bibio

Mark Pritchard & Bibio

Emmanuel Adjei returns with another mind-bending visual piece, this time an audacious single-take music video for artists Mark Pritchard and Bibio.

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