Saturday 26 November 2011

Film: An African Election

This documentary film follows the 2008 presidential election in Ghana.

In a continent where many dictators and warlords rule, Ghana prides itself on its democratic society.

As the film progresses we follow the vying parties and their candidates on the campaign trail.

Up to this point this is a reasonably interesting documentary but it showed nothing that couldn’t be covered by a news bulletin. Then, somewhat fortunately for director Jarreth Merz, it all kicks off when there is no clear winner.

Unlike places like the UK there can be no coalition and a second round of votes is required.
With one party accusing the other of manipulating results tensions spill out into the streets and war looks likely. Will diplomacy prevail?

Now this becomes an edge- of- your- seat thriller where anything can happen.

Credit is due to all involved who allow Merz access to their political beliefs, systems and even home lives. The star of the show is undoubtedly the charismatic former president of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings. Despite an ambiguous rise to power he is still much loved by a sizable chunk of the population and he uses his considerable political might to support his party’s new candidate, Atta Mills.

Don’t let the slow start put you off, this captivating documentary becomes a tense and emotional ride.

An African Election is in selected UK cinemas now.

Ric’s Rating: 74%


  1. This looks fantastic, I'll have to check it out. Great stuff.

  2. You guys get some really unique films.

  3. I'd love to check this out. I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of elections. So much that we don't see in news bulletins and such.

  4. Hi Guys, thanks for the comments. This is a fascinating film, I hope you get the chance to see it.
    Alex, it's nice to have the choice to see something like this rather than the usual Hollywood movies. I always try to feature films that are a little ways off the beaten track.

  5. That does look fascinating.

    Have you reviewed "Wrecked" on here, Ricky? Watched it last night with the wee fella - an interesting mix of reactions. By turns I was gripped and almost bored - and tipping my hat to the bravery of the film-makers for trying something different and not giving too many pat answers.

  6. Is that the Adrian Brody one Michael? I haven't seen it but if it's the one I'm thinking of I plan to check it out.


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