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Paɣiba Salma | Women's Gold


A movie by  Eza Doortmont together with the women from Yumzaa
October  2018 
Duration: 18:20


Shea butter is a product traditionally made solely by women. The demand for this product in the world has grown drastically over the past decades and this has changed the production and production space of the commodity significantly.  


Women's Gold is an observational film, telling the story of the shea butter processing women of Tampe-Kukuo, a community on the outskirts of Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region in Ghana. This documentary investigates ideas of social space, dignity and gaining more than material independence, connected to the shea butter industry.  The growing demand in the west means bigger productions, exporting the butter and growing profit, but it also means that the sole women-safe space is not guaranteed for the future.


Published in

  • the Journal of Anthropological Films Vol 4. No 1, April 2020 (JAF), you can find the publication here .   



  • 14.ETNOFILM, Croatia, 2019

  • Best indigenous African short film, Quetzalcoatl Indigenous International Film Festival, Mexico, 2019

Screenings at various film festivals worldwide, including:

  • Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF), Canada

  • American Anthropological Association Conference 2019, Vancouver, Canada,

  • Athens Ethnographic Film Festival 2019, Athens, Greece

  • Ethnography film 2019, Paris, France

  • Crafts in Pictures film festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • High Peak Independent Film Festival, New Mills, Great Britain

  • 14th Ethnographic Films Review Eyes and Lenses, Poland

  • African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST), Tanzania

  • Cayenne Short Film Festival in New York

  • MEDIAWAVE music and film gathering in Hungary 

  • REAL TIME Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria

A review was written by LARGO Film awards which can be read here .  

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