We bring you 8 epic old Ghanaian movies to watch over and over again.
Everyone back in the day really enjoyed watching a historical drama written by Africans for Africans. It offers insights into the dynamics of the slave trade and resistance to the slave trade in West Africa before the arrival of the Europeans. We often do not discuss this aspect of our history and so I commend Djansi for taking the risk of exploring this subject matter. The acting was excellent, although I felt that well-known Ghanaian actress Akofa Asiedu, who also co-produced the film, was miscast as the character of Soraya really should have been younger to make it believable that the Crown Prince would desire her from among all the possible women who he could marry.
“No Time To Die” portrays love and comedy. The film tells the story of David Dontoh, a hearse driver who will do anything to win the love of a lady who he has fallen in love with, Esi, a beautiful dancer who is planning an elaborate home going celebration for her mother. King Apaw explained that his film was meant to break the jinx of the trend of other African movies. "Most of the African movies we see are either on poverty or HIV/AIDS and so forth." African film makers could also make people laugh, he said. And he sure did break the jinx and set a standard
When the film is such that one can see it over and over again and the film seek to spell out the spirit and aura of an era that film has achieve the noir status. A film industry capable of making film noirs is highly respect and rated by authorities of film studies. And surprisingly characters featured in a film noir end up having their status elevated to star noir.
“I Told You So” has succeed in claiming that spot. Today when Bob Cole in mentioned, we are reminded of the film, when Araba Stamp is mentioned, I Told You So comes to mind, Osuabrobuo, Kapoipoi has been elevate to noir, through that film.
Today’s film makers can emulate the success of “I Told You So”, it just a matter of going back to the basics. In a recent advice from George Lucas, creator and director of Star wars franchise, to young filmmakers, Lucas stressed that the basics of filmmaking has not changed, it only the technology that has change.
“Love Brewed in the African Pot” is a Ghanaian classic film released in the 80’s. This film reveals some great African tradition and culture. It gained an immediate popularity and was critically acclaimed throughout English-speaking African countries.
This is a love story between Aba Appiah and Joe Quansah. Aba is the educated of the two, but instead of going to university, she becomes a dressmaker. She falls in love with Joe Quansah, a semi-illiterate auto mechanic. His love is less courageous than hers and his fisherman father warns him not to play with fire. Their relationship is further compounded by Aba's father who would rather have her married to a lawyer.
The Synopsis of the film is about a truck driver makes runs between Kukurantumi (a rural town) and Accra (the capital city of Ghana) with few problems until he is forced to replace his truck. In order to raise the money to get a new vehicle, he sells some stolen watches and promises his daughter in marriage to a rich merchant. Rebelling against this fate, the daughter runs off to Accra with her boyfriend.
"Heritage Africa" a Ghanaian movie was awarded the Golden Stallion at FESPACO.
The synopsis of this film talks about Kwesi Atta Bosomefi, the perfect civil servant, rises through the educational and religious regimen of British colonialism, only to humbly rediscover his African heritage. Kwesi Atta Bosomefi's schooling and religious education have assured his social rise. Appointed African District Commissioner, Kwesi identifies himself with the English running his country. He goes as far as changing his name to Quincy Arthur Bosomfield. When the workers protest about their working conditions, Bosomfield sides with the ruling power against them.
If you were a kid in 2000, you dare not watch “Babina” due to its scary scenes (mostly effects).
This particular movie brought the star in Kalsoume Sinare. It also features Emmanuel Armah, Becky Perkins, Helen Omaboe, Nii Saka Brown, Nana Baah Boakye and Prince Yawson (Waakye).
“Matters Of The Heart” is a classic Ghanaian movie also known as “Sekina & Nicho” (the names of its main characters”.
The movie which is another version of the popular romance film “Romeo & Juliet” stars Alexandra Duah (RIP), Kofi Dennis, Sarah Boison, Grace Omaboe, Grace Nortey, Enoch Botchway, Macjordan Amartey, Augustine Abbey (Idikoko), Adwoa Smart and Sheila Nortey.