A controversial documentary we have profiled in the recent past – The Witches of Gambaga – is now available to buy on DVD, in both PAL and NTSC formats. To purchase, go to the production company’s website HERE and follow the simple instructions to buy a DVD easily via PayPal, credit card, or debit card.
The Witches of Gambaga is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana.
Made over the course of 5 years, this film is the product of a collaboration between members of the community of “witches” and women’s movement activists determined to end abusive practices and improve women’s lives in Africa.
Told largely by the women themselves, their incredible stories and struggles are conveyed to a wide range of audiences by the director’s narration. Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracised by their communities.
The film was completed in July 2010 by Fadoa Films Ghana and UK. It was directed by Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker Yaba Badoe, and co-produced by Yaba Badoe and Amina Mama.
In director Badoe’s own words, as to why she made the film:
“Within 24 hours of meeting women condemned to live as ‘witches’ at Gambaga in March 1995, I knew that I had to make a documentary about their lives. The more I listened to their stories, the more determined I became to use film as a way to challenge beliefs that demonize women. Asana Mahama was tortured by her brother who threatened to pluck out her eyes if she didn’t confess to witchcraft. Bintook Duut was on the run for her life for three months before she found refuge at the camp. Nobody knows the number of alleged witches who never find sanctuary, but I wanted Ghanaians and other Africans, to hear what has happened to women who have lived to tell their tales.”
The disc is selling for 18 pounds, or about 22 dollars.
Watch the trailer below, and click HERE to buy your copy.