Our Holocaust The cruelty and the horrors of the middle passage can never be told in all its gruesome detail. It is enough to recall that the ships were trailed. I have a few questions. Have our memories gone dead? Or have they gone to sleep? Heaven forbid, but if the answer is yes. When … More Our Holocaust
“You are too young to understand what slavery and colonization has done to us, but when you grow up, I pray you do.” As a young boy growing up, I remember learning about the slave trade and colonization in school. And I remember one day in history class, my teacher, who we all affectionately called … More Forgive Me For Being African
First off, I have to say everything I have learnt has been through making mistakes and learning from them. Well, not quite, some I was blessed to learn from amazing filmmakers. As a budding director, I have learnt the importance of the role of the Director. Most often when I talk to young directors, especially … More 2 Important Things In Directing
One very important habit young film makers should learn is to ask questions. Our African society generally does not encourage the habit of questioning. It is considered disrespectful to ask questions, even when it is crucial to your understanding of issues. As a filmmaker, do you question your film? Do you ask the ESSENTIAL … More Unique Voice – Who Are You As A Filmmaker?
Most times I have spoken to young filmmakers who think it’s so important to have a “star” in a film to make it more attractive to a potential audience. The logic of this, of course is obvious that is, until you think about it more. I think the “star” thing is superficial and it is … More Cult of Celebrity
One of the very big challenges I find with films in Ghana and Africa in general is the stories. Most of the stories lack originality. It’s a photocopy of some Hollywood movie or characters placed in time and space with no real story. I personally do not consider myself a script writer, but I … More What’s Wrong with African Script-writing?
I remember when I was growing up, it was quite common to hear about communal farming. Where a whole farming village would form a group and take turns to work in each other’s farms. The benefit of this approach was that, once a group of people work on a particular farm, they are able to … More Communal Filmmaking