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Laughs and Terror from the Ghanian Film Movement

From 26 February 2013 to 19 May 2013

Posters and videos on display

The Musée du Quai Branly is currently running a unique and intriguing exhibition revolving around the cinematographic culture that developed in Ghana in the 1980s.

This culture is the direct result of video clubs that sprouted up during that time, creating a common meeting place for film fans to gather and appreciate this art form. In a way, the development of these video clubs was a reaction to the mainstream tendency in Ghana to show only popular American films. This left Ghanians wanting to find a place where they could see films made in their own country.

Most of the films shown at the video clubs dealt with themes such as horror, voodoo, death and fantasy -- and these are the subjects on which the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly focuses.

Therefore, movies that feature ancestral rites, religious beliefs, violence and possession will all be a part of this exhibition, entitled 'Laughs, Horror and Death.' The posters for the video clubs were usually paintings on canvas, and this exhibition puts them on display. In addition to the paintings, video clips will also be shown in the exhibition.

This gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the Ghanian culture and the myths that are part of it. The culture is reflected in the burgeoning video community created by Ghanians themselves, with the goal of entertaining their friends, peers and fellow Ghanians. Some of the films were also created by Nigerians, providing a multicultural dimension to the exhibition.