The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Director: Yaba Badoe
Country: Ghana
Running Time:
78 min.


The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost women writers. Director Badoe charts Aidoo’s creative journey over seven decades, from colonial Ghana, through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa.


About the Director

Yaba Badoe

Biography: 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).