Public Agenda (Accra)

Ghana: 'Africans in World War II' to Hit the Screens

"The most remarkable film ever to be shot on the involvement of Africans in the Second World War (World War II) 'Africans in World War II', will be screened for the first time in Ghana, at the National Theatre ,on August 12, 2011", the Africa Media and Democracy Institute (AMDMI) has announced.

Giving the rationale of the event, which is on the theme "Africans in World War II Charity Screening", the Director of AMDMI, Barima Adu-Asamoa, who also is the producer/ director of the 60-minute documentary film, said it was regrettable that such a gallant contribution as was the participation of Africans in WW II, had been largely forgotten. The institute, which activities aim at fostering peace and democracy in Africa through the mass media and other relevant social structures of society, therefore found it appropriate to screen the widely acclaimed documentary to the Ghanaian public.

"It must be noted that the War demonstrated the need to maintain and nurture peaceful coexistence. And it is also significant to note that democracy and rule of law consolidated in the Europe and the Western world could not have come about without the victory of the Allied Forces during the War", he stated, adding that, Africans, though still under colonial rule at the time, contributed to the emergence of Western Liberal democracy with human resources and manpower. This, he said, "is a historical fact that ought to be given due recognition".

An authoritative account of Africans' contributions to the two successive World Wars, 'Africans in World War II' uses archive material on Africans during World War I and II, and brings into focus aspects of the War hitherto unmentioned. The film begins with Africa's contribution in World War I with silent archival footage and adopts early cinema (silent period) caption lead narrative style to establish the role played by Africans in World War I.

It maps a stylistic departure as it goes to 1939 with Africans in Burma and North African campaigns, interposed with live interviews and anecdotes from World War II veterans. Among other things, including a theme music each from the various countries of origin, the film also captures the story of a Ghanaian War Veteran RANS BOI, who was detained on board a British Vessel on the River Plate in South America and sent to German Nazi Camp, as well as a Ghanaian who on returning to Gold Coast participated in the 28th February incident which accelerated the independence of Ghana.

The 12th August, 2011 event at the National Theatre is to raise funds for a national course (The Ahuda Foundation), and would attract a gate fee of GHc 20.00 (regular) and GHc 50.00 (VIP).

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