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Acclaimed Documentary 'An African Election' Premieres Tonight

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by Natasha Greeves
October 1, 2012 9:41 AM
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The previously reported An African Election makes its debut tonight, October 1, 6:30pm ET on PBS WORLD

A film by Jarreth Merz, captures the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana. Offering a behind-the-scenes look at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world peers, the film reveals that the process of democracy in other countries is no less tumultuous than that of the United States. Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. The filmmaker builds suspense by taking the viewer down the back roads of the nation, capturing each unexpected twist and turn in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. Throughout the film, Merz depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.

Hopefully many of you had the opportunity to tune in to AfroPop.tv for the many podcasts, panels and blogposts that were part of the pre-premiere online conversation.  I encourage you to check out Racialicious contributors Latoya Peterson's profile of 3 African women to watch and Tami Winfrey Harris for Clutch Magazine, What American Women Can Learn From Ghanaian Feminist.

For more information, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org, the official website of NBPC.

To find local airings, visit the AfroPoP page on www.aptonline.org

To find your local WORLD station, visit http://worldchannel.org/where_to_watch_world_tv

Check out the trailer below:

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