16 Feb The Witches of Gambaga
Yaba Badoe (director)
Thursday, February 16 / 5:00 PM
1701 Theater & Dance West
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 five 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 practices and improve women’s lives in Africa. Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracized 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. The film was completed in July 2010 by Fadoa Films Ghana and UK. It was directed by Yaba Badoe, and co-produced by Yaba Badoe and Amina Mama. After the screening there will be a Q&A with the director, Yaba Badoe.
Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian documentary filmmaker, based in London, with over twenty years experience in broadcast journalism. Badoe, who has made documentaries for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV and C4, is also an accomplished fiction writer. Her novel True Murder was published by Jonathan Cape in 2009.
Sponsored by the IHC’s African Studies RFG, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Department of Feminist Studies, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Department of History, and UCEAP.