Imagine a movie theater on wheels that makes a journey through remote parts of Africa to share a film and an AFRICAN SUCCESS STORY. Welcome to A Political Safari, a project that uses creativity to bring African communities together to see the inspiring Sundance film, An African Election (view the trailer at here), an extraordinary documentary about the 2008 democratic presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa.
Starting in August, I will be driving a truck - mounted with a screen, projector, and generator - into marginalized communities in Africa where people might not have access to electricity, transportation, much less a cinema. These are communities that have traditionally been left out of the voting process in the country. Along with a comprehensive voter education program, we will use this film to inspire Ghanaians, Africans, and the International community with a message that Africa has positive examples of democracy and is able to conduct peaceful elections!
In this past week, the world has seen Ghana peacefully transition from one President to another following the sudden death of President Atta Mills. But, this is still a very delicate and important time for Ghana and Africa. This is why we NEED to bring communities together to support the next generation of African visionaries. Joining us will be local educational and electoral stakeholders and African artists who will work creatively with villagers to tell their own stories through art. Together, we will capture the lives of these vibrant communities on film, eager for self-expression!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
This journey needs a beginning, as all journeys do… and it starts with you believing in it. We need to raise $32,000 to help fund this mobile cinema and get the film translated into 5 different local languages to effectively reach these rural communities. If we don't reach our funding, we lose it all. Please join our supporters and DONATE to this project. Help us SPREAD THE WORD: blog about this, tweet/Facebook about us, contact local organizations and news outlets, and tell your friends! The more people we get involved, the more likely we can succeed and the more communities we can reach in Africa. AKWAABA!
ABOUT THE FILM:
An African Election is a remarkable documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz’s coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten—and maintain—the integrity of the democratic process. An African Election illuminates a beacon of hope for Africa and offers an inspiring example of the vitality of democracy today. To see the trailer, please visit www.anafricanelection.com
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