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Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (The)

© Darren Hercher / Fadoa Films
Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2014

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.

Dir. Yaba Badoe

2014, Ghana/USA/UK. documentary, 78min. Colour. English.



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


Film Credits

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

Screenings

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

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