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Liberation Film Series: "Gone to the Village" Documentary

Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 2:00 PM
Woman and man in traditional Asante garb

Gone to the Village is a unique and powerful documentary, beautifully filmed, of the elaborate funerary rites for the Queen Mother of the Asante in Ghana.

Leading Asante scholar Kwasi Ampene directs and narrates with the authority, gaze, and sensitivity of a true insider, with stunning footage of the rich cultural traditions of the Asante people. Filmed on location in Kumase during the funeral, we witness traditions that have stubbornly and proudly resisted the onslaught of colonial rule and globalization. Through the film, we learn about the history of the Asante as well as the central role of women in this matriarchal society.

The scenes of dance, song, drumming, proverbs, and dress code are of exceptional and exquisite beauty, unprecedented in the African continent. Watch the trailer for the film below.


Free and open to the public, this program features speakers Kwasi Ampene, PhD and Nii O. Quarcoopme, PhD. Dr. Ampene is an Associate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies and Music at the University of Michigan, while Dr. Quarcoopme is Co-Curator of Detroit Institute of Arts.