”Borinboresi” is the Nankani expression for the traditional women’s art of painting murals in Ghana’s Nankani area. Christianization and the growing influence of Western culture are threats to this art form practised by small women’s collectives. Dance and music are important parts of the art of mural painting: they appeal to the sensory and the emotional level and shape the memory of the women participating.

The film Bonboresi shows the building and painting of a traditional clay house, a community centre where the women plan to run training and educational events. This is a further step towards improving their social standing. The film focuses on social and ethical aspects and on the importance of handing down cultural values from one generation of women to the next.

Ghana/A 2003
Regie: Gertraud Schwarz
67 min, Beta SP, Farbe, nankani-englische OmU

2003, Archive

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