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US embassy partners alliance Francais and Goethe institute for women in motion film festival

The festival is being hosted by the U.S. Embassy, Alliance Française Accra, and Goethe-Institute Ghana in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month which is marked across the country and the world at large, on 8 March

One of the largest international film festivals to take place in Ghana is the eight-night Women in Motion Film Festival, which began today, March 8, 2023, and runs through 17 March 2023.

The festival is being hosted by the U.S. Embassy, Alliance Française Accra, and Goethe-Institute Ghana in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month which is marked across the country and the world at large, on 8 March.

The festival will be used to highlight women and their essential role in the Ghanaian life, culture, education, politics, and economy.

Michelle Cloud, Regional Public Engagement Specialist at the US Embassy speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show, explained that the festival is a platform to celebrate the hard-work of women.

“We wanted to bring a great programme of films that reflect on different topics that are important to women of today. What role women play in the society economically and how they can become economically independent”.

The festival will also highlight themes including human rights, economic empowerment, motherhood, and women’s role in society and politics, as well as female social and political heroes.

All films are free and open to the public.

Ghanaian-American filmmaker, U.S. Department of State Arts Envoy, and professor at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) Akosua Adoma Owusu will participate in the film festival and lead a filmmaker workshop at the University of Media, Arts, and Communication National Film and Television Institute with female film students March 9-10.

Akosua also speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show recently , said her Ghanaian background inspires her work.

“My films have subjects between multiple worlds and being Ghanaian American inspires my work because I used lived experience to. When I am in America I feel Ghanaian and when I am in Ghana, I feel America and all of these sort of inspires what I do”.

According to her, she is able to communicate these complex ideas of identity and feminism through short films.

Films from other African countries including Kenya and Zambia will be featured at the festival

All films are free and open to the public and despite the fact that the festival is celebrating women film makers, their male counterparts are not left out as they got three slots. In all, 15 films will be screened out of which 12 were directed by women.

Kevin Brosnahan, Information Officer at the US Embassy, Ghana expressed his outfit’s commitment to collaborate with other organisations to promote Ghanaian films.

As part of the International Women’s Day celebration, the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) will host a mini-fair for female-led agribusinesses in Tamale in the Northern region to connect them with information and resources. As of February 2023, through USAID, the U.S. Government has facilitated nearly $193 million in financing for more than 25,000 agribusinesses in Ghana.

Reporting by Nana Oye Ankrah in Accra

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