Ghana movies shine at Film Africa 2017

BY: Kirsty Osei-Bempong
Lydia Forson and Adjetey Annang star in Keteke
Lydia Forson and Adjetey Annang star in Keteke

Particular focus will be on women’s stories and films from Ghana to mark her 60th independence anniversary at on-going London's Film Africa 2017 festival which opened on Friday, October 27.

The Ghana @ 60 strand features the European premiere of Keteke, the debut feature from Peter Sedufia, a kinetic road trip with a killer soundtrack from Accra-based band, Worlasi; the UK premiere of Leila Djansi’s epic tale about the Atlantic slave trade, I Sing of a Well; and a rare chance to catch one of Ghana’s most celebrated works, Kukurantumi – Road to Accra by King Ampaw, who will be in attendance.

Screenings will show at six venues: Rich Mix, BFI Southbank, Ritzy Brixton, Ciné Lumière, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the South London Gallery – until Sunday 5 November.

Ghana @ 60 will also include an exclusive live performance from RedRed, the exciting collaboration between Budapest based DJ/Producer Elo Morton, of the Hungarian reggae collective Irie Maffia, and MOBO nominated musician, filmmaker and pioneer of Ghana’s contemporary Hiplife music genre, M3NSA, also one half of enigmatic rap duo FOKN BOIS.

Performing at Rich Mix on 31 October, this will be the duo’s highly-anticipated first UK gig.

The 10-day event rounds off with a closing party designed to take you on a musical journey of the best African rhythms and sounds from the 1970s right through to the present day! Film Africa, now in its seventh edition celebrates African and African diaspora cinema and one of the largest of its kind in London.

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It showcases the latest and best of African documentary, feature, experimental and short films.

This Royal African Society event continues to garner interest from the continent's seasoned and emerging filmmakers.

This year, 38 titles from 21 African countries, including 19 UK, European or World premieres will be showcased.

Some dignitaries from Ghana attending the festival include Mrs Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts; King Ampaw, Director, Kukurantumi – Road to Accra, Osmo Kwame Addo, Founder Accra International Film Festival Mr. Kenneth Amankwah, Ghana at 60 Planning Committee Chairman, actor David Dontoh and Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, President ofGhana Creative Arts Council.