Keeping Africa Small

From small-scale projects to HIV/AIDS programmes, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) are everywhere in the developing world. However well meaning they may be, their programmes epitomise low horizons and often get up the noses of everyone – from fishermen to shanty town inhabitants – and even make them laugh. Shot in Ghana, Godbless, Wofa, De Roy and local fishermen and women loathe the sanctimonious lessons in good behaviour. They want jobs and material advancement, and for NGOs and aid agencies to stop treating them like children. As Godbless tells us: “Africans have big brains, big aspirations… and want to live in liberty.” The film which premiered at the London Independent Film Festival in 2007 has now been released here.  Lots more material about the film is available on its original website here. The film is on DVD and continues to provide a great resource for educational institutions.