Footprints of Pan Africanism

Shirikiana Aina

In 1957, Ghana was the first African country to become independent of its colonial rulers, in this case the British. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of what in 1960 became the Republic of Ghana, called on Africans from all over the world to come to Ghana to help build the new nation. The most important aim was to "undo the damage caused by the slave trade" as filmmaker Shirikiana Aina expressed it in her documentary Footprints of Pan Africanism. Several people speak in Aina’s film about the reconstruction of Ghana and Nkrumah, who was deposed in 1966, offering room for their frequently gripping personal stories. These are often marked by racism, the emerging civil rights movement and what it’s like to be black and live elsewhere. For many, returning to Africa was like going home.

Aina’s documentary was produced by her husband, the director Haile Gerima, whose Teza was screened at IFFR in 2009.

 

Screenings

  • KINO 2
    No subtitles
    Thu 25 Jan Buy
  • Kino 3
    No subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • KINO 1
    No subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Shirikiana Aina
Premiere
European premiere
Country
USA, Ghana
Year
2017
Medium
File
Length
77’
Language
English
Producer
Haile Gerima
Production Company
Negod Gwad Production
Sales
Mypheduh Films
Writer
Shirikiana Aina
Cinematography
Rick Butler
Editor
Shirikiana Aina, Haile Gerima
Sound Design
Jon K. Oh
Music
Lafayette Gilchrist, Eric Kennedy, David White