I will never ever forget the day that scissors fingered by hair… I felt violated… the tender skin around my self worth was broken… As a young girl growing up in Liberia, I quickly learnt how to manage my own hair. Gloried in the coarseness of it, the unmanageability of my hair and the uniqueness … More WHY ARE GHANAIANS AFRAID OF A WOMAN’S HAIR?
Men and women bundled together like sardines with metal ornaments shackling feet and hands together to prevent escape… the weak fall down dead by design. The strong, skin glimmering with sweat particles like little diamond drops descend and trickle down valleys of firm breasts formed working the land on hot days held together by matured … More THE YEAR OF RETURN AND THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
I was almost late for that flight. I was traveling with my 18 year old daughter and we on our way to visit my second parents in Atlanta. I was looking forward to the visit so much and the deep conversations we always had. My ‘mum’ is almost completing her book ‘becoming a dangerous woman’ … More Why you should be very afraid of every woman after 40
The Black Star International film festival has facilitated talks between the Nigerian film Commision and Ghana to encourage both countries to work together towards a national treaty and this is an important progress. As a result of this initiative by BSIFF, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Film Commisioner of Nigeria, was in the country during the … More BSIFF FACILITATES TREATY TALKS BETWEEN GHANA AND NIGERIA
The Black Star International Film Festival calls on Government to introduce a 30% tax rebate for industry to encourage co-Productions and Ghana as a shooting destination. Detailed research on incentive regimes by the festival on countries around the world clearly points to the critical nature of this call. Without incentives, Ghana can not hope to … More BSIFF MAKES AN URGENT CALL ON GOVERNMENT
– Bsiff introduces special category for Ghanaian filmmakers. As of 2020, the Black Star International film festival is including a category reserved for Ghanaian filmmakers and films made about Ghana. This category will be on the same level as all other categories and also be under competition. The festival is responding to the high numbers … More Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) INTRODUCES SPECIAL CATEGORY FOR GHANAIAN FILMMAKERS –
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), Hon. Dr. Zibblim Iddi has announced at the opening ceremony of the Black Star International Film Festival that a Ghana Film Authority to support Ghana’s film sector has been established and almost set to begin work. According to the deputy Minister, the Government has appointed the … More The Ghana Film Authority now set to commence – Assures the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. This evening, we welcome over 28 countries into Ghana and to the festival. One year comes quickly. Last year, we explored in our minds how film can be a tool for national development. As a tool it can open up employment opportunities for the many young people who may be interested … More OPENING SPEECH BY THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The “box office” refers to the amount of business that a production of a film or theatre show receives (Motion Pictures Association of America, 2015, p. 12). Thus, cinema viewings are meant to be at the crux of any film industry’s revenue stream. However, Ghanaian filmmakers have been struggling with box office returns for as … More AN EXPLORATION OF THE GHANAIAN FILM INDUSTRY – Cinemas
For Immediate release The Black Star International Film Institute is excited to announce the 2019 Official Selection for the Black International Film Festival. We take this opportunity to thank all filmmakers who submitted to the festival and to congratulate those who made the difficult cut this year. Many great films were submitted from all over … More BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BSIFF) RELEASES 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION Accra, Ghana, Release: 30th July, 2019.