Save Africa's Oldest Forts and Castles with Slave History.
I am France Maes, a French Canadian Explorer for more than 30 years, I will like to share a new a project with you. My project is about making a film documentary about one of Africa's oldest forts and castles notable with rich slave history. These forts and castles along the coast of Ghana date back to the 15th Century and were built and occupied at different times by the European traders and adventurers from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Britain to safeguard trading posts.
Several of them changed hands on numerous occasions in the bloody battles or by treaty, and all have fascinating history.
1. CAPE COAST CASTLE
Below is President Barack Obama and his family visiting the site on his visit to Ghana.
2. FORT SANTO ANTONIO, AXIM
3. FORT METAL CROSS, DIXCOVE
4. FORT AMSTERDAM, ABANDZE
5. FORT PREZINSTEIN, KETA ,GHANA
Here below are some other forts.
A. WESTERN REGION
Fort Apollonia at Beyin
Fort Gross Friedricksburg at Princestown
Fort Dorothea at Akwida
Fort Batenstein at Butre
Fort Orange at Sekondi
Fort St. Sebastian at Shama
B. CENTRAL REGION
The Fort at British Komenda
Fort Vendenburg, Dutch Komenda
Fort St. Jago at Elmina
Fort Victoria at Cape Coast
Fort Royal at Cape Coast
Fort William at Cape Coast
Fort McCarthy at Cape Coast
Fort Fredericksburg at Amanful
Fort Nassau at Mouri
Fort William at Anomabu
The Little Fort at Anomabu
Fort Amsterdam at Abandzi
The Fort at Tantumquery
Fort Patience at Apam
Fort Good Hope at Senya Beraku
C. GREATER ACCRA REGION
James Fort at Jamestown, Accra
Ussher Fort, Ussher Town, Accra
Christiansborg Castle at Osu, Accra
Fort Augustaborg at Teshie
D. EASTERN REGION
Fort Vernon, Prampram
Fort Fredensborg at Old Ningo
F. ASHANTI REGION
The Fort at Kumasi.
And a lot more...
11 of these monuments i mentioned above are designated as ''UNESCO World Heritage Site'' to tell you how important these forts and castles are to the world.
After the Colonial Masters and business traders left the shorelines of Gold Coast which is now Ghana, these monuments received no proper care and maintenance for over half a century which left most of these forts and Castles in a very deplorable state.
These forts and castles recalls history of the
African diaspora, trans-Atlantic slave trade, Colonial War battles and
Trade e.t.c Looking at the great history these monuments holds, It's stories and history needs to be preserve for educational
purposes, tourism, history for future generation and lot more.
Meet the Team
SAMPLE OF OUR T-SHIRT REWARD.
How we're using the funds
I know $45,000 seems like a lot,
but it's a shoestring budget for a film project. The funds we receive
from this campaign will toward:
One round-trip plane tickets to Accra, Ghana
Equipment rentals for the three-week shooting period
Translator services for the three-week shooting period
Travel, food, and accommodations within Ghana
Travel visas and immunizations
Thanks for your contribution! We need YOU to make this project happen!
For the success of this project, I am currently
working with Government of Ghana, Ghana Museum and Monuments Board,
Historian, Archaeologist, Community leaders and their Indigenous people
together to preserve historic story that these monuments which holds great
history of Trans - Atlantic Slave trade, African diaspora, Colonial War
battles and Trade etc.
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you have any questions about the film or what we're using the Kickstarter money
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Thank you so much,
Risks and challenges
Projects which require traveling involves some element of risk. From food poisoning to missed flights and dropped luggage,disease and lot more. All members of the team have good traveling experience to go through all of this.
Documentary Film is a long-run commitment. Some of the greatest challenges for this project are already behind us which is Obtaining access and official permission from the Ghana Museum and Monuments board to film the documentary, having a professional videographer. The challenges we face now is to Permission from the Community leaders and Indigenous people, Consulting a professional Historian, Music artists, secure a consulting editor and other minor challenges. We can't overcome this challenges, if our project is not fully funded. We have a well organized project and vision going into post production, a clear understanding of the limits and strengths of the project.
Overall, we are confident that we will be able to problem-solve any difficulties that come our way.
an 8x10 color photo by director Dickson Doosey + on-screen credit as a supporter + a Blu-ray Disc + sticker + t-shirt + hand band + screen-printed poster + slave art work + custom mix tape of cultural music slaves played.