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Africa's Black Star

Produced by:
Gabrielle Tierney

Directed and Edited by:
Nuakai Tehuti Aru

"Africa's Black Star" tells the political rise and fall of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's and Africa's first independent president after colonial rule. The former President of Ghana Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was dubbed "the Man of the Millennium" by BBC World Service listeners.

Using a wealth of vital archive material the film explores the man who is such a huge figure in recent African history, yet is relatively unknown in the West. Through testimonies from Ghanaian historians and social commentators, Nkrumah's contemporaries and his family members, audiences learn about his fascinating life. From humble beginnings, born in Nkroful, a small village in West Ghana to poor parents, he displayed an insatiable appetite for learning and education. We follow his formative early 20's and 30's as he travels to the US and UK, and is influenced by characters such as Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois and George Padmore.

The film covers Nkrumah's phenomenal rise to power, Africa's independence movement, his successes and losses, the internal and external enemies, the 1966 coup and the continuation of his legacy in Ghana and Africa. This is a ground-breaking documentary with beautiful visuals of the country and unprecedented access from family members, friends, politicians and historians from Ghana, the UK and the USA.

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