African Christianity

  1. Our original roughcut portrait of a rural, prophet-founded church in the countryside in Kwamoso, Ghana, and their relationship to a traditional priestess operating with some competitive tensions right next door to them. Mount Zion Revival Ministries' founder, Fianko Bekoe, is the son of a traditional "obosum" priest, as are many founders of independent churches in Ghana, he tells us. And, it turned out that he and the traditional priestess we portray, Madame Akotowaa, discovered they were related.

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  2. "Business" or "Workers' Club" was a relative new, practical ministry at Calvary Hill Christian Ministries, a young Pentecostal or charismatic church, when we first filmed them in 1998. This was one of the first shoots for our documentary film project on African Christianity. There was a power outage that evening--not uncommon in Ghana at the time--and we struggled at the last minute to get electricity from a generator blocks away to light Auntie Lydia's living room where the church often met.

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  3. A portrait of now retired Archbishop Peter Kwesi Sarpong, who was pioneer in introducing African culture into worship in his Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, West Africa. Sarpong was one of our main on-camera commentators for our full-length documentary just released: AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY RISING--STORIES FROM GHANA. For details, visit our website: jamesault.com.

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  4. Extra interview bites (unused) 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. A piece from one of two interviews we filmed with the renowned scholar, Andrew Walls, a key consultant to our recently released AFRICAN CHRISTIANITY RISING documentary film series. This and other pieces from three life-story interviews with filmed with Professor Walls for this project are included as EXTRAS in the films COMPLETE EDUCATIONAL EDITION. For more see jamesault.com.

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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.
    +Rebecca Cole-Turner

    by Rebecca Cole-Turner

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