The Witches of Gambaga

Director: Yaba Badoe
Country: Ghana
Year: 2010
Running Time: 55 min
Language: English

A haunting documentary film about a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. This disturbing exposé is the product of a collaboration between members of the 100 strong community of witches, local women’s movement activists and feminist researchers, united by their interest in ending abusive practices and improving women’s lives in Africa.

About the Director

Yaba Badoe

yaba-badoeBiography: Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker, producer and writer. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and has worked as a producer and director making documentaries for the main terrestrial channels in Britain and the University of Ghana in Accra. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and in African Love Stories: an Anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. In 2009, her first novel, True Murder was published by Jonathan Cape. Her TV credits include: Black and White, a ground-breaking investigation into race and racism in Bristol, using hidden video cameras for BBC1; I Want Your Sex, for Channel 4 and a six-part series, Voluntary Service Overseas, for ITV. African Love Stories is now available in Swedish from Tranan publishers under the title Kärlek x 21.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Witches of Gambaga (2011)
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (2015).

A Time of Hope (1983);
Crowning Glory (1986);
Black and White (1987);
I Want Your Sex (1991);
Supercrips and Rejects (1996);
Race in the Frame (1996);
A Commitment to Care – The Capable State (1997);
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? (2002);
Voluntary Service Overseas (2002);
One to One (2003);
Secret World of Voodoo: Africa – Coming Home (2006);
Honorable Women (2010);
The Witches of Gambaga (2010)
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (2014).