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SIFF 2011 Movie Review: An African Election

Generally I find politics to be incredibly depressing and upsetting. A documentary about politics I would expect to be even more so. So I would never have chosen to see this film during the festival, given my own druthers, but I'm very glad that I did get to see it during the press screenings. It was insightful, interesting, at times intense and gripping, but the biggest surprise of all was that it was hopeful. Hope and politics... that's a pairing we rarely get to experience. Ghana was the first state in Africa to claim independence and this film follows the electoral process of their fourth election. The two parties, the NDC and the NPP, are both essentially standing on the same platform - promising free education, more jobs, a greater integration of science and technology - the only difference is that each says they will deliver more and better than their opponents. The film takes us through Ghana's political history, the key figures, and the complications inherent in the electoral process in a country that is still trying to prove their independence and be an example to the world of how Africa's people can govern themselves responsibly. A film well worth seeing. Ghana/Switzerland/USA, 2010 (89 minutes) Director: Jarreth Merz Director Jarreth Merz scheduled to attend. Festival Screenings 7:00 PM Thu, May 26 Harvard Exit 4:30 PM Fri, May 27 Harvard Exit