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CHOSEN

Chosen is a feature length documentary based on the story of Nana Banyiwa Horne(NBH). A Professor in the United States, she returned to her homeland, Ghana, to carry out research into the transmission of cultural practices in the novel. There, the distant past caught up with her and she ended up enstooled as a Queen Mother. Shot on HD video in Ghana with versions for theatrical release and for broadcast on television and the internet, the film will be of interest to audiences concerned with issues of power, identity in the global era and the socio-political situation in Africa today. The film will draw an analogy between NBH’s exceptional journey and that of Kwame Nkrumah, the father of Ghanaian independence, to question the ambivalence of power: its fascination and its corruption.   Nkrumah’s rise and fall and later rehabilitation will echo NBH’s own journey to power. A journey she chooses to make irrespective of certain friends’ and relatives’ words of warning and despite the conflict between her individual freedom and the necessity of abiding to the collective norms imposed on her by her new position. The mirroring of the two stories will serve to illustrate the numerous tensions that continue to exist between African cultures, the revealed religions and the global world in which Africans are seeking to find their place today. COMING SOON!

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BeyondChron.com : http://www.beyondchron.org
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Bampfa.edu : http://www.bampfa.edu
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Les Films du Raphia

Les FILMS DU RAPHIA, SARL au capital de 49 545 €, fondée en 1987 par Jean-Marie TENO et Catherine PUISEUX, produisent et distribuent des documentaires et des fictions de court et de long-métrage, pour la télévision et le cinéma. D’abord centrée sur l’Afrique, la thématique des films s’est élargie sur une analyse du monde contemporain dans son ensemble. + plus