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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Footprints of Pan Africanism (2018 Feature Film)

Shirikiana AINA | USA, Ghana | 2017 | doc | color | DCP | 77' | English | n.s.

Robert Lee was one of the black Americans who heeded Kwame Nkrumah’s call to return home. Not only to help build up Ghana, the first African state to liberate itself, but also to stimulate the liberation of the whole continent. A documentary that uses witnesses' testimony to present the many historical threads of Pan-Africanism.

In 1957, Ghana was the first African country to become independent of its colonial rulers, in this case the British. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of what in 1960 became the Republic of Ghana, called on Africans from all over the world to come to Ghana to help build the new nation. The most important aim was to "undo the damage caused by the slave trade" as filmmaker Shirikiana Aina expressed it in her documentary Footprints of Pan Africanism. Several people speak in Aina’s film about the reconstruction of Ghana and Nkrumah, who was deposed in 1966, offering room for their frequently gripping personal stories. These are often marked by racism, the emerging civil rights movement and what it’s like to be black and live elsewhere. For many, returning to Africa was like going home.

Aina’s documentary was produced by her husband, the director Haile Gerima (Teza, 2009).

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 18:00

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 10:45

Duration: 1:05

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 18:30

Duration: 1:05

Year in Festival
Shirikiana AINA
Rick Butler
Shirikiana Aina
Haile Gerima
Lafayette Gilchrist
Eric Kennedy
David White
Haile Gerima
Production Company
Negod Gwad Production
Mypheduh Films
Shirikiana Aina
Sound Design
Jon K. Oh
Year of Production
Shirikiana AINA

Shirikiana AINA (1955, USA) obtained her BA in Film from Howard University and earned an MA in African Film Studies from UCLA in 1982. That year she established Mypheduh Films, together with her husband, award-winning independent filmmaker Haile Gerima (Teza, 2009). This is a distribution company for independent, African and African American films. Aina is also a co-founder of Negod Gwad Productions, a non-profit film company providing support to indie filmmakers. Aina is an independent documentary filmmaker and producer, whose work focuses on the African diaspora. She has also taught courses in scriptwriting and film production at Howard University.


(all doc) Brick by Brick (1982, short), Through the Door of no Return (1997), Footprints of Pan Africanism (2017)