American Spaces Ghana Celebrate Women’s History month with Film Festival

American Spaces Ghana Celebrate Women’s History Month with Film Festival

American Spaces Ghana, Goethe-Institut Ghana, and Alliance Française Accra jointly organized the Women in Motion Film Festival March 8-17, 2023 to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.  The festival brought eight nights of films and panel discussions about women and their role in society and politics to venues around Accra with the goal of raising the visibility of women’s issues and stories among local

audiences.  As part of the festival, Ghanaian-American director and U.S. Arts Envoy Akosua Adoma Owusu also led a filmmaking workshop for 14 female filmmakers at Ghana’s National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI).  The program featured numerous USG alumni as speakers, such as Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) alumnae Akosua Hanson and Shamima Muslim, Fulbright alumnae Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Professor Rebecca Ohene-Asah, as well as U.S. Embassy staff and contacts.  Ambassador Virginia Palmer provided remarks about the importance the Embassy places on women’s empowerment and gender equity at the closing event, a screening of The Woman King.  The festival generated significant positive media attention and attracted approximately 1,000 attendees.  (submitted by REPS Michelle Cloud)