Extra interview bites from Dr. Kwame Bediako about his own life-journey for a documentary film project on African Christianity produced and directed by James Ault. Dr Bediako, founder of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Ghana (acighana.org), was one of modern Africa's leading theologians and students of church history and of culture and religion before he passed away in 2008. As a student of French studies in Paris and Bordeux in the 1960s, he participated in the student uprising in Paris in 1968. Dr. Bediako was a lead consultant and on-camera commentator in this documentary film series, just completed, entitled “African Christianity Rising—Part 1: Stories from Ghana” and “Part 2: Stories from Zimbabwe.” His profound insights helped shape this project from the outset and his Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Akropong, Ghana, provided assistance throughout. For more, visit jamesault.com.
A piece from one of two interviews we filmed with the renowned scholar, Andrew Walls, a key consultant on my documentary project on African Christianity. See "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana" and "Stories from Zimbabwe."
This is the first part of one of the personal dramas we weave together in this film "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Zimbabwe" portraying the nature of Christianity's explosive growth in Africa and its meaning for the world. Still in a roughcut, it soon will be released in a two-part series with its companion, "Stories from Ghana." Produced & Directed by James Ault. Edited by Kate Purdie. Camera: David Lyman, Trust Mashoro & Jim Ault.
We built this portrait of Mensa Otabil from Accra, Ghana, a pioneer in building independent charismatic churches in modern, urban Africa, as part of a documentary series, "African Christianity Rising." For our just-released documentary series, AFRICAN CHRISITANITY RISING, visit our website: jamesault.com.
Though we couldn't include all of this portrait of Mensa Otabil in our film, it is one of the many "Extras" included in our films' Complete Educational Edition. Again, for details, visit our website. Otabil's own quite moving personal story demonstrates, I believe, the appeal of his kind of practical Christianity to young, urban Africans, that, in less selfless hands, can become the kind of ego-centered "prosperity gospel" so often held up for criticism.
Part of our follow-up filming of the story of Fred and Rose's young Pentecostal church in Akropong in 2006. Camera: James Ault. Sound: Francis Kwakye. Local government in the provincial capitol of Akropong, Ghana, is still provided by the King of Akuapem's regular Odi or council meeting, an ancient, yet still vital, institution. This day discussion ranged from problems with the town's water supply--from which they were getting some financial support from Ghanaians in Rotary International in the USA--to the problem of curses, especially among young people, which were crowding business in a local court.
From "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana" (75:22) . © 2010 James Ault Productions.
Pieces from a documentary film project on African Christianity produced and directed by James Ault, edited by Kate Purdie (and Jean Boucicaut), and shot in Ghana with Tom Hurwitz (DP) and in Ghana with David Lyman (DP). With major funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. Sponsored by Hartford Seminary. © 2009 James Ault Productions
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Wonderful work; this collection can be really helpful for those of us who teach on African Christianity!
I love the Stories from Ghana opening. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see the entire film!
Just viewed these and found them to be fascinating and insightful. Will send them on to friends who ministered in Cote D'Ivoire for many years for their review and comments.