African Christianity

  1. A rough-cut portrait of a young Pentecostal church in Zimbabwe and its pastor, Bishop Trevor Manhanga, a leader in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe. This portrait was a first step in eventually completing a full-length film "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Zimbabwe," which interwove these materials with footage from two quite different Christian communities, United Methodists and a rural, old-style independent Zion Apostolic Church. This material was shot in 2000 and, in part because of the economic and political crisis unraveling in Zimbabwe, it was not until 2011 that I was able to return to do follow-up filming in this and two other communities in which we filmed. Material was shot largely by David Lyman.

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  2. A rough-cut sketch of a Zion Apostolic church community in Zimbabwe, largely in the rural area of Bikita South. This portrait was a first step in eventually completing a full-length film "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Zimbabwe" which interweaves these materials with footage from two other, distinctly different Christian communities: United Methodists and Victory Tabernacle, a new Pentecostal church. Their are characters and events that appear here that don't in the final film, including a glimpse of the polygamous household of Vashandira, a prophet/midwife, and her husband, Bishop Ndamba. It was his first wife, Vashandira, who recruited those wives, often from her family and friends. This material was shot in 2000 and, in part because of the economic and political crisis unraveling in Zimbabwe, it was not until 2011 that I was able to return to do follow-up filming in Zimbabwe among these and other characters in the two other communities in which we filmed. Material was shot largely by David Lyman.

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  3. A rough-cut sketch of United Methodists in Zimbabwe, in Dangamvura, a township in the City of Mutare. This portrait was a first step in eventually completing a full-length film "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Zimbabwe" which interwove these materials with footage from two quite different Christian communities, a young Pentecostal church in Mutare and Zion Apostolics in the countryside. This material was shot in 2000 and, in part because of the economic and political crisis unraveling in Zimbabwe, it was not until 2011 that I was able to return to do follow-up filming in this and two other communities in which we filmed. Material was shot largely by David Lyman.

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  4. Extra interview bites from Dr. Kwame Bediako 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. He 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 assistance from his Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Akropong, Ghana, supported it throughout. For more, visit jamesault.com.

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  5. Andrew Walls, founder of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, was a primary consultant to my documentary film project on African Christianity. He helped give it shape from the beginning, among other things, introducing me to his close colleague, Kwame Bediako. These extras are from one of the two life-story interviews shot with him at Yale Divinity School--yet, regrettably, not used in the two films just completed from this project: "African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana" and "Stories from Zimbabwe." This interview was shot in 2001. jamesault.com

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African Christianity

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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


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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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  • Gregg Okesson

    Wonderful work; this collection can be really helpful for those of us who teach on African Christianity!

    by Gregg Okesson

  • Kim Cast

    I love the Stories from Ghana opening. Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see the entire film!

    by Kim Cast

  • Rebecca Cole-Turner

    Jim,

    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.
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