The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa's foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent. The film charts Ama Ata Aidoo's creative journey in a life that spans 7 decades from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women's creative talent remains as hard as ever.
Over the course of a year the film follows Aidoo as she returns home to her ancestral village in the Central Region of Ghana, launches her latest collection of short stories in Accra, and travels to the University of California, Santa Barbara to attend the premier of her seminal play about the slave trade, Anowa.
With contributions from Carole Boyce Davies, Nana Wilson- Tagoe and Vincent Odamtten, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo gives a fascinating insight into the life of a feminist poet and novelist and brings Aidoo's writing to new audiences.
PRESS "Accompanied by beautiful images, rhythmic music and songs, Ama Ata Aidoo tells her own story, a poignant testimony of her creative, intellectual engaging life." Beti Ellerson - African Women in Cinema
Interviews Abena P.A. Busia
Camera Darren Hercher
2nd Camera Jeremiah Dogbe Sam Commodore
Sound Jeremiah Dogbe Andy Cowell
Sound Editor David Kennedy
Dubbing Mixer Jim Betteridge
Production Management Big Heart media
Editor Rashid Davari
Associate producer Margo Okazawa-Rey
Executive Producer Amina Mama
Produced and Directed by Yaba Badoe
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AWARDS 2014 | Silicon Valley African film festival 2014 * Prix du meilleur documentaire / Best Documentary Film
2015 : NAMIBIAN Premiere AfricAvenir FilmSeries Goethe-Centre Windhoek, Fidel Castro Str. 1-4, Windhoek Saturday, 27 June 2015, at 19h00
2015 : 22nd New York African Film Festival - Nyaff 2015 (USA) Sunday 17th May 2015, 2PM, at MAYSLES CINEMA
2015 : Afrika Film Festival, Leuven 2015 (Belgium) BELGIAN Premiere Museum M, Art in Cinema, Cinema in Art Sunday 22nd March 2015, 11am Q & A with Yaba Badoe (film director)
2015 : AfricAvenir FilmSeries (Germany) GERMAN Premiere Hackesche Höfe Kino Rosenthaler Straße 40/41 10178 Berlin Wednesday 11th March 8-10pm Q & A with Yaba Badoe (film director)
2015 : SOAS, University of London (UK) Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo Film Screening & Discussion Tuesday 10th March, 7pm, Speakers: Yaba Badoe (film director) Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited), Louisa Egbunike (SOAS) & Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr (SOAS) London
Women In Media - Women in History 2015 Newark, USA Screening details TBC
2015 : Hamilton College, Clinton Bradford Auditorium New York, USA 12 February 7:00PM with Q&A with Professor Amina Mama and Vincent Odamttten after the screening
Silicon Valley Africa Film Festival 2014 San Antonio, USA Sunday, October 19 at 5:00PM Tateuchi Hall
Film Africa 2014 London Saturday 1 November, Time (TBC) Rich Mix Cinema