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“Witches in Exile” with Filmmaker Allison Berg

October 5, 2006 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Africa deals with its internal pressure  in specifically African ways, as revealed in Allison Berg’s lucid, fascinating and wide-ranging study of how witch hunts break out at times of social and economic stress and about the camps in Ghana that provide a haven for accused women.

In Ghana, women accused of witchcraft are torn from their families and banished to isolated “witch villages.” Witches in Exile (2004) filmmaker Allison Berg follows accused witches through their daily struggle to survive in the Kukuo Witches Camp in Northern Ghana. As government agencies attempt to abolish this age-old tradition, these women find themselves caught between their society’s deeply rooted beliefs and its drive toward modernization. Witches in Exile captures a country at a dramatic and emotional crossroads. Potluck with the filmmaker precedes the screening. 

Co-sponsored with the Experimental Television Center Presentation Funds program, which is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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