After premiering in 2015 in Namibia, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, directed by Ghana’s Yaba Badoe, exec. produced by Amina Mama in 2014,, AfricAvenir once again presents it as part of its tenth anniversary next Wednesday at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).
The movie celebrates acclaimed the Pan-African feminist, poet, playwright and novelist and provides a fascinating insight into her life. It is an important resource for students and teachers of African literature, as well as lovers of African women’s writing everywhere. By celebrating one woman’s contribution to Africa’s Renaissance The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo will inspire others to be equally courageous.
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent. The film charts Ama Ata Aidoo’s creative journey in a life that spans seven decades from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women’s creative talent remains as hard as ever. Over the course of a year the film follows Aidoo as she returns home to her ancestral village in the central region of Ghana, launches her latest collection of short stories in Accra, and travels to the University of California, Santa Barbara, to attend the premier of her seminal play about the slave trade, Anowa.
With contributions from Carole Boyce Davies, Nana Wilson- Tagoe and Vincent Odamtten, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo gives a fascinating insight into the life of a feminist poet and novelist and brings Aidoo’s writing to new audiences. The movie shows at 18H30 and entrance is N$40.