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A Garden of Eden In Decay (The Africans)

Identifies the problems of a continent that produces what it does not consume and consumes what it does not produce. Shows Africa's struggle between economic dependence and decay. Examines economic and agricultural failures and successes in Algeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

An African Election

In 2008, director Jarreth Merz returns to his boyhood home of Ghana where he discovers a country churning with political, social and economic turmoil. Ghana is on the cusp of its presidential election and Merz pulls us with him into the political machine. Following key candidates for three months, he provides an insider's view into the lives of the Ghanaian people and the larger-than-life politicians who will do anything to win. An African election is a powerful and suspenseful documentary, offering a unique story about the struggles of a third world democracy in the global eye.

Beyonce: The President's Daughter (Ghana, 2006)

Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Cast: Van Vicker, Nadia Buari, Jackie Agyemang, Kalsum Sinari. Beyonce, the president's daughter, meets Raj at the supermarket and falls in love with him. Raj is engaged to be married to Ciara, but Beyonce doesn't intend for that to stand in her way. 341 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Future Remembrance: Photography and Image Arts in Ghana

Documentary about the role of photography, photographers and the art of image making in Ghana. Meet the photographers, sculptors and painters who tell us in their own words about the economic, social, cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual motivations of their work. A film by Tobias Wendl and Nancy du Plessis. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 2005. 55 min.

Healers of Ghana.

Explores the traditional medical practices of the Bono people of central Ghana and how their healers are accommodating the conflict between the arrival of Western medicine and their religious beliefs. Traditionally, Bono tribal priests undergo a painful spiritual possession, during which deities reveal to them the causes of illnesses, which plants to use to treat them, who is perpetrating witchcraft, and which villagers might be endangering society through improper behavior. 1993. 58 min.

Jaguar.

A film by Jean Rouch. A documentary of three men from Niger who leave Niger to seek wealth and adventure in the coastal cities of Ghana then called the Gold Coast. Film portrays conditions that existed in West Africa in the 1950's when it was possible to travel freely and there was an exhilarating sense of opportunity in the air. 1950's. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 93 min.
See also:Bibliography of articles/books about Rouch

Les Maitres Fous.

A film by Jean Rouch. This film documents the Haouka cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shows them living and working in Accra and participating in a primitive tribal ceremony. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 1986. 29 min.
See also:Bibliography of articles/books about Rouch

Raj, the Dancer. Part 3 (Ghana, 2010)

Directed by Van Vicker and Kalu Anya. Cast: Van Vicker, Kofi Ajorlolo, Gifty Temeg, Prince David Osi. Van Vicker plays a man who goes on a holiday trip with a friend and gets hosted by a retired military officer, Telio. Telio, who has an alcoholic problem maltreats his wife, Susan, and enjoys flirting. Raj steps in against his friend's will and love takes over. 145 min.

Raj, the Dancer. Parts 1 & 2 (Ghana, 2010)

Directed by Van Vicker and Kalu Anya. Cast: Van Vicker, Kofi Ajorlolo, Gifty Temeg, Prince David Osi. Van Vicker plays a man who goes on a holiday trip with a friend and gets hosted by a retired military officer, Telio. Telio, who has an alcoholic problem maltreats his wife, Susan, and enjoys flirting. Raj steps in against his friend's will and love takes over. 145 min.

Stage-shakers! Ghana's Concert Party Theatre

Documents Ghana's concert party theatre by showing backstage preparation, live performance footage, and interviews with performers. Historically the Ghanaian concert party, is a theatrical form that uses humor and music to tell stories conveying moral lessons. This contemporary form reveals the concert party as a dynamic form of entertainment that is in step with popular fashion, music, song, dance and social issues. Written, videotaped, and edited by Kwame Braun. 2001. 103 min.

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