Directed by Jarreth Merz
89 min. | 2011 | USA/Ghana/Switzerland
The 2008 presidential election in Ghana, West Africa, serves as the backdrop of this real-life political thriller, in which two political parties compete to lead a third world democracy struggling for legitimization. An African Election takes a behind-the-scenes look at political electioneering, creating a portrait of the larger-than-life politicians, party organizers and Ghanaian citizens in a hotly contended election. John Atta Mills, the winner of the election, passed away this summer after a battle with cancer.
Official Selection: 2010 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Nominee: Best Documentary – 2012 Independent Spirit Awards
FILMS WITHOUT BORDERS is sponsored by
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