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testament

In Testament, the condition of the postcolony is embodied in the figure of activist turned television reporter Abena who returns to contemporary Ghana, for the first time since the 1966 coup that ended President Kwame Nkrumah’s experiment in African socialism.

John Akomfrah, colour, sound, 16mm, 76 mins,1988

Adrift in a ‘war zone of memories’ in the words of the film’s subtitle Abena is caught in the tension between public history and private memory Testament is characterised by a depopulated frame and the deliberately cold look that evoke an emotional landscape of postcolonial trauma.

Testament

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