”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. read more


Highlife is music from Ghana which links typical Ghanaian beats to other African elements and constantly chancing western influences. As such it is called Fusion music. WHO IS HIGHLIFE starts telling with the time of the change in music when electronic instruments revolutionised the world of traditional music.

Ghana/DE 2009
Regie: Wilma Kiener, Dieter Matzka, Yahaya Alpha Suberu
60min, Video, Farbe, OmU


Les Maîtres fous is set in the region of Accra, in Ghana, and chronicles the great annual possession-ceremonies of the Hauka (spirits of power) and of the winds who are said to bring madness. During the ceremonies, the Hauka spirits seize the initiated, who, entranced, take on the identities of colonial authorities like the guard, the general, the admiral, but also the locomotive – all those roles are played by the possessed.
It was toward the end of the twenties that the Hauka cult emerged in the Niger region. During the thirties, many of its followers, persecuted by the French colonial regime and ostracized by orthodox Moslems, moved to the coastal region, where they lived as migrant workers.
“Rouch’s commentary tries to interpret the cult as a sort of adaptation-therapy. The film itself has lost nothing of its astonishing power, a power that resembles an intense vortex forcefully attracting the unknown .” M. Friedrich read more

ROAD TO ACCRA (Kukurantumi)

In a routine melodrama that contrasts the hectic life in Accra, the capital of Ghana, with the relative peace of Kukurantumi, a rural town, a truck driver makes runs between the two locations with few problems until he is forced to replace his truck.

Ghana/BRD 1983
Regie: King Ampaw
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT


The film starts in Africa, in Ghana, where there is an interplay between a tour group and a photo shoot of Mona, an African American model. In the middle of the shoot, a mysterious man appears, claiming to be the guardian of the castle, he tells the tour group to go away, and Mona to go back to her past.

Ghana/Burkina Faso/D/USA 1993
Regie: Haile Gerima
125 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT