Mara Lin Visser - Visual Anthropologist

Filmmaker & Anthropologist

Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra | Leiden University | 2016

Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra is an ethnographic film on African wear in the capital of Ghana. The mosaic film shows the comeback of African print in the fashion system of Accra by depicting a great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles. Mara Lin Visser English, Ga, Twi | 2016 | 36 min. English subtitled

Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra is an ethnographic film about African fashion in the capital of Ghana. The comeback of African print seems to be emerging in the fashion system of Accra. While following Allan, a fashion designer and his wife Cynthia, this mosaic film shows the great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles; the ways the African wear is used and the expression of culture by wearing the African prints. The film gives an interesting overview of dress-scapes in Accra, but also highlights beautiful details by focusing on a few participants who show the mixture of different materials, cuts and styles in a creative and free atmosphere. In this way the film is not only observational, it gives people space to tell their story and show they are proud of the African wear. During de film the process of sowing a dress shows not only the marriage of fabric & design, tradition & creativity, but also of husband & wife.

* P A S T  S C R E E N I N G S *

31.03.17 | Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival |Bristol, UK 03.04.17 | West African Film Festival |Houston, USA 11.04.17 | Ethnografilm |Paris, FR 12.04.17 | Roma Cinema DOC | Rome, IT 06.05.17 | Ethnocineca |Vienna, AT 31.05.17 | Docupodium | Amsterdam, NL 27.06.17 | Cinema Oblo | Lausanne, ZW 08.10.17 | Kratovo Ethnographic film Festival| Kratovo, RM 10.10.17 | TIEFF: The Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival | Taipei, TW 11.10.17 | Ethnofilm: The International Festival of Ethnological Film| Belgrade, RS 19.10.17 | The Szczecin European Film Festival | Szczecin, PL 29.10.17 | One With A Movie Camera | Marburg, DU 07.11.17 | ETNOFF – Festival of ethnographic student movies | Skopje, RM.
23.11.17 | Ethnofest: Athens Ethnographic Film Festival |Athens, GR
27.11.17 | The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival | Boston, USA 19.10.17 | The Szczecin European Film Festival | Szczecin, PL 29.10.17 | One With A Movie Camera | Marburg, DU 07.11.17 | ETNOFF – Festival of ethnographic student movies | Skopje, RM.
23.11.17 | Ethnofest: Athens Ethnographic Film Festival |Athens, GR
27.11.17 | The Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film & Media Festival | Boston, USA

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