Broome County Premier of
The Witches of Gambaga
Documentary film by Yaba Badoe
Thursday, April 14, 2011
7pm – 9pm
Broome County premier and screening of The Witches of Gambaga by Fadoa Films. The award-winning documentary was directed and produced by Yaba Badoe, a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and writer. The film director, Yaba Badoe will be in Africa House to premier and discuss the film. After the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker addressing the issues raised in the film.
The film screening is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union, Department of Africana Studies, Anthropology Department, Women's Studies Program, and The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Binghamton University, and Tioga State Bank.
When: Africa House (50 Washington Avenue, Endicott)
Day: April 14, 2011
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- 2nd Prize of Best Documentary at FESPACO (2011)
- Winner of Best Documentary at Black International Film Festival (2010)
The Witches of Gambaga is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. Made over the course of 5 years, this disturbing expose is the product of a collaboration between members of the 100 strong community of ‘witches’ and women’s movement activists determined to end abusive practises and improve women’s lives in Africa. Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracised by their communities. Told largely by the women themselves, their incredible stories and struggles are conveyed to a wide range of audiences by the director’s narration.
About the Director
Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and writer. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and has worked as a producer and director making documentaries for the main terrestrial channels in Britain and the University of Ghana in Accra. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and in African Love Stories: An anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. In 2009, her first novel, True Murder was published by Jonathan Cape. Her TV credits include: Black and White, a ground-breaking investigation into race and racism in Bristol, using hidden video cameras for BBC1; I Want Your Sex, for Channel 4 and a six-part series, VSO, for ITV. African Love Stories is now available in Swedish from Tranan publishers under the title Kärlek x 21.