- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: July 30, 1998
700 years ago, the Mamprusi tribe conquered their enemies and took control of an area in what is now Northern Ghana. 25 years ago, Sule Issifu, destined to be the king of the Mamprusi, set out for America to further his education and prepare for the time when he would assume leadership of his people. Now that time has come, but after a quarter-century in America, Sule is torn between his obligations to his people and his family, between tradition and the life he has grown to be a part of halfway around the world.
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING is a remarkable portrait of Sule's struggle to decide what to do, made all the more moving and intimate through extended interviews with Sule and his family. For the first time, the Mamprusi tribe has allowed cameras to film their lives, showing what it is that Sule must decide to return to and illustrating the challenge that he assumes in taking over leadership of this ancient people. It is an extraordinary saga of a man trapped between two worlds and his journey to find his fate and purpose.