Ghana, Nizozemí, 2016, 36 min
Mara Lin Visser
Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra is an ethnographic film about African fashion in the capital of Ghana. The comeback of African print seems to be emerging in the fashion system of Accra. While following Allan, a fashion designer and his wife Cynthia, this mosaic film shows the great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles; the ways the African wear is used and the expression of culture by wearing the African prints. The film highlights beautiful details by focusing on a few participants who show the mixture of different materials, cuts and styles in a creative and free atmosphere. In this way the film is not only observational, it gives people space to tell their story and show they are proud of the African wear.
Mara Lin Visser is a visual anthropologist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. She discovered filmmaking during the production of documentary on material culture in Volendam for her MA Visual Anthropology. The medium of film gives her the freedom to express herself, her thoughts about certain topics and academic observations in a natural way. For her film is the perfect way to explore the broad subject of material culture. With this in mind she decided to do her fieldwork in Ghana, which resulted in the film 'Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra'. She is interested in queer rights, participation society, material culture, fashion, geopolitics and art.
Director, Camera, production, Edit, Script: Mara Lin Visser
Language of Dialogues: English, languages Ga and Twi
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English
Launching of the movie (selection):
RAI Film festival in Bristol, Great Britain; Ethnografilm, Paris, France; Ethnocineca Vienna, Austria; Kratovo Ethnographic film Festival in Macedonia; Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF); Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival