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“An African Election” now available

I wrote about this documentary “An African Election” last May when I saw it and talked with its director, Jarreth Merz, at the Seattle International Film Festival.

It’s an amazing film and it’s finally available on Netflix. I highly recommend it. As I wrote about it last year:

The movie is about a power struggle, a struggle for democracy, in the fairly stable and economically rising West African nation of Ghana. Contrary to what you might expect from its title (and your preconceptions about African politics), it’s not really an expose of corrupt politicians or another one of those films that makes you feel hopeless about Africa.

On the contrary; this film inspires!

It is a gritty look at African politics in action, and at a hard-won African success story. It gives you great hope for Africa, and perhaps even that Americans will someday feel as passionate about freedom and democracy.

Here is a list of this and three other African films of note at LA’s Pan African Film and Arts Festival from ONE.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.