Ghana Film List

Title: ENYONAM (2004)  
Format: DVD
Language: With French sub-titles
Run Time:  23 min.
Description: Young HIV positive women are stigmatized and ostracized by family members. Enyonam is shunned by her parents and locked in a shed until their other daughter is welcomed back home, releases her sister and informs them she also has the virus.
Genre: Drama

Title: HEALERS OF GHANA (2003)  
Format: DVD
Run Time:  58 Min.
Language: English
Description: 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.
Genre: Documentary

Title: AFRICAN WEAVING (2003)  
Format: DVD
Language: English
Run Time:  23 min.
Description: Africans continue to create elaborate and beautiful textiles that reflect their rich cultural heritage. The kente weavers of the Asante and Ewe people of Ghana are featured in this video which was filmed in 2002 by Christopher Roy, Professor of African art at the University of Iowa. The video begins with a Senufo woman in a small village in Burkina Faso who spins cotton into thread using a drop spindle. There are scenes of traditional dyers dying cloth dark blue with indigo, and of a workshop of weavers in Ouagadoougou who produce hundreds of yards of beautiful cloth each day. The focus of the remainder of the film is on the techniques of the Asante and Ewe weavers of Ghana, who produce beautiful kente cloth. The complex techniques are explained in the narrative, and the many parts of the loom are described.
Genre: Documentary

Title: ARTS OF GHANA (2003)  
Format: DVD
Language: English
Run Time:  60 min.
Description: Kente weaving -- Adinkra cloth -- Brass casting -- Stool carving -- Talking drums -- Ghana street scenes.
Genre: Documentary

Title: OHENE NIE (HERE IS THE KING) (2002)  
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: Narration in English; portions in Twi with English subtitles.
Run Time: 62 min.
Description: Follows the ceremonial processes and procedures in 1999 of selecting and installing the new king of the Asante nation, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Genre: Documentary

Title: GU MU BREBRE: AYIKESEE (GO GENTLY : THE GREAT FUNERAL FOR THE LATE OTUMFUO OPOKU WARE II, ASANTEHENE) (2002)
Format: VHS/DVD
Run Time: 56 min.
Description: Following the death on 25 February, 1999 of the Asante king, custom called for a 3 phase funeral with events and ceremonies through the following April.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THE MARRIAGE OF ANANSEWA (2002)  
Format: VHS (PAL)
Run Time:  175 min.
Description: A poverty-stricken father tries to make ends meet for himself and his family. The wily Ananse desperately exploits contemporary realities for a way out.
Genre: Drama

Title: LISTEN TO THE SILENCE: A FILM ABOUT AFRICAN CROSS RHYTHMS AS SEEN THROUGH GHANIAN MUSIC (1996) Format: VHS
Language: In English or local language(s) with English subtitles.
Run Time:  33 Min.
Description: Taking off from the peace of nature, the singing cicadas, and the routines of the workday, this program explores a kaleidoscope of traditional and modern musical examples from the Ewe, Ashanti, Ga, and Frafra peoples in Ghana.
Genre: Documentary

Title: JAGUAR (1967)  
Format: VHS
Language: In French with English subtitles.
Run Time:  93 Min.
Description: Three young men from the savannah of Niger leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. This is the story of their travels, their encounters along the wayu, their experiences in Accra and Kumasi, and after three months, their return to their families and friends at home.
Genre: Drama

Title: THE JVC SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS VIDEO ANTHOLOGY OF MUSIC AND DANCE OF AFRICA (1996)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  156 Min.
Description: Presents an overview of music and dance in Africa by selections of local performance styles focusing on the vernacular but including some popular forms. Booklets contain: an overview essay, selection descriptions, and resource material, including sugestions for listening, viewing, and reading.
Genre: Documentary

Title: A PERFORMANCE OF KPEGISU BY THE WODOME-AKATSI KPEGISU HABOBO (1990)
Format: VHS
Language: Sung in Ewe.
Description: "Kpegisu is a type of traditional music and dance of the Ewe people of Ghana & Togo (West Africa). At least several hundred years old, this heritage is vibrantly maintained by a performing group in Wodome, a village near the town of Akatsi in southeastern Ghana."
Genre: Documentary

Title: CROSSING OVER (1988)  
Format: VHS
Run Time: 58 Min.
Description: Compares calypso music from Trinidad and Tobago with highlife music from Ghana. Calypso musician Lancelot Layne travels to Ghana to meet Koo Nimo, Ghana's foremost exponent of acoustic guitar highlife, and Nimo joins Layne in Trinidad.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THE AFRICANS. PROGRAM 7, A GARDEN OF EDEN IN DECAY (1986)  
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time:  60 Min.
Description: More than 70 million Africans suffer from malnutrition while their countries export food to Europe. Economic and agricultural failures and successes are examined in Algeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.
Genre: Documentary

Title: LES MAITRES FOUS (1954)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  29 Min.
Description: This film documents the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Witches in exile (2004)
Format: VHS
Language: Dagbani and English dialogue, with English subtitles
Run Time: 78 min.
Description: Documentary about the lives and stories of 5 women who’ve been exiled and confined to a "witches" village (a combination sanctuary/concentration camp), and the myriad ways in which women in the region can become stigmatized as witches.
Genre: Documentary

Title: The death of an African king: the funeral of the Omanhene of Techiman (2004)
Format: DVD
Language: English
Run Time: 60 min.
Description: Osabarima Dotobibi Takyia Ameyaw II, the Chief of the Ghanian city of Techiman, passed away in September, 2003, after a long and distinguished career as chief and as a colonel in the armed forces of Ghana. His funeral was celebrated in February, 2004 in Techiman, and because he died while still chief, it was attended by most of the important chiefs of Ghana as well as by the Chief of State and the former president. This dvd covers all six days of the funeral and includes spectacular footage of the royal arts of Ghana, including funeral cloth, gold ornaments, umbrellas of state, drums, dancing, and both military and Christian rites.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Drums of Takyiman (2004)
Format: DVD
Language: English
Run Time: Description: This documentary shows the drumming of the drum ensemble of the Bono people of Techiman in the royal palace at the funeral of the late Omanhene, in February, 2004. The drummers play a series of seven songs, which are repeated by both the senior, elder drummers, and by their young apprentices. Akan scholar Kofi Sakyi explains (in English) the meaning and significance of each song.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Through the door of no return (1997)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 80 min.
Description: Following her father’s footsteps, the film maker journeys to the Elmina Castle, that foreboding structure on the west coast of Ghana where millions of her ancestors were warehoused before being sent out through that last exit into the middle passage of slavery. Called by the voices of her father and other ancestors, the film maker returns to the continent the way her ancestors left, at night, by the water, back through the door of no return.
Genre: Documentary