Audiovisual productions

Jennifer Thompson & Casey Burkholder
2020 Talking about Fieldnotes with Sjaak van der Geest
"Morning sounds" A film impression of early morning activities in a Ghanaian home. The focus is on the sounds of a sweeping broom, washing of clothes, splashing of water, and a crowing cock, while the people go about their work in silence. (10 minutes) - 2009  
"Sketches of dirt management in Kwahu Tafo, Ghana" This brief compilation of four episodes of dirt management in a Ghanaian rural town shows activities around the public latrine, sweeping in the house, carrying dirt to the town's garbage dump, and the work of the local nightsoil collector who empties buckets with human feces while people are asleep. (12 minutes) - 2009  
"A gift for barbering" Film portrait of Kwasi Emmanuel Yeboah, a disabled young man who has opened a small barber shop to make a living. (11 minutes) - 2008  
“The watch repairer” A film portrait of Edward Asante, a disabled man in Kwahu Tafo. Asante makes his living by reparing watches on the road side. He speaks about his problems and explains that not his legs but lack of money is his greatest handicap. (21 minutes). - 2006  
2005 - “Fufu.” Film about the preparation of fufu. Fufu is the most popular dish in Southern Ghana. It is made of cassava, plantain and cocoyam, which are first boiled and then pounded into a sticky ball. It is eaten with soup containing vegetables and meat or fish. Since my first visit to Ghana I had been watching the 'tango' of the hand that turned the fufu and the pestle that pounded it. I use the word 'tango' because hand and pestle have to move in perfect harmony. If the hand withdraws a fraction of a second too late it will be smashed together with the fufu. The two partners in the process of fufu preparation understand and trust one another.
(11 minutes) - 2005
2002 - “Oud in Ghana” [“Old in Ghana”] (with Victorine Arnoldus) Exhibition in the Ethnological Museum Gerardus van der Leeuw, Groningen, The Netherlands (18 October – 5 November 2002).    
2000 - (with Fieneke Diamand) “Ouderen in Ghana” [“Older people in Ghana”]. Radio documentary. VPRO Radio (Dutch, one hour) [download]    
“Adwoa Mansa” . A film portrait of an older woman in Kwahu Tafo (in preparation).    
“Agya Ko” A film portrait of an elderly shopkeeper in Kwahu Tafo (in preparation).    

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