Paɣiba Salma | Women's Gold
A movie by Eza Doortmont together with the women from Yumzaa
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.
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 .