An African Election
USA, Switzerland | 2011 | 89 min
In a world plagued by stolen elections, secret government agendas, and a renewed interest in the exploitation of African natural resources, what value does democracy offer, particularly in the tumultuous region of West Africa? For Ghana, a nation that has been Africa’s barometer of political stability, democracy may mean the difference between peace and prosperity—and murderous chaos under military coup.
An African Election is a remarkable documentary that grants viewers unprecedented access to the anatomy of Ghana’s 2008 presidential elections. Capturing the intrigue of electioneering, the intensity of the vote-counting process, and the mood of the countrymen whose fate lies precariously in the balance, director Jarreth Merz’s coverage unfolds with all the tension of a political thriller, revealing the emotions, passions, and ethical decisions that both threaten—and maintain—the integrity of the democratic process. An African Election illuminates a beacon of hope for Africa and for the value and vitality of democracy today.
DIR Jarreth Merz
SCR Erika Tasini, Shari Marcacci
CAST Nana Akufo-Addo, Jerry Rawlings, Prof. Atta Mills, Dr. Afari-Gyan, Hannah Tetteh, Kwesi Pratt, Rojo Mettle, Kwabena Agyepong, Moses Imoro, The People of Ghana