Catch this screening of Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra (2016), an ethnographic film about African fashion in the capital of Ghana directed by Mara Lin Visser.
Set in Accra, Ghana, the film is centered on the reemergence of African print in fashion. While following fashion designer Allan David and his wife, Cynthia, Unity shows the diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles, the ways that African wear is used, and the expression of culture through African prints. The process of sewing a dress reveals the marriage of both fabric and design, tradition and creativity, and husband and wife.
This program is co-presented by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) and The West African Film Festival in conjunction with the exhibition, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, on view at CAMH through October 2, 2022.
RSVPs via Eventbrite are required for this event as space is limited. There will be a waitlist for those unable to obtain a ticket.
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About Mara Lin Visser
Mara Lin Visser is a visual anthropologist, food activist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Film as a medium gives Mara Lin the freedom to explore and express their thoughts about various topics in a natural way. They are part of the collective, ethnovision, which aims to bridge the knowledge gap between academics and a bigger audience using the power of audiovisual research methods. Currently, Mara Lin works at Cascoland and is setting up The Waste To Success, a collective which generates awareness around food waste, local and sustainable food by giving creative cooking workshops. Whether through film or by preparing and sharing food together, Mara Lin aims to connect people through knowledge and shared traditions.
About Allan David
Michael Nii Allan-David is the Creative Director/CEO of ALLAN DAVID COLLECTION. Regarded as one of Ghana’s Top Rated Fashion Designers, Michael designs fine and authentic African products for both Ghanaian and international markets. With creativity as his hallmark, he has numerous clients in Ghana and other countries, including the U.S., U.K, Kenya, Nigeria, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Germany among others. Michael was the recipient for the 2006 Gold Scissor Award and has participated in international shows in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.
About The West African Film Festival
The West African Film Festival presents films that are either from the region, by West African artists, or are about the life and culture of West Africa. The West African Film Festival aims to provide insight into the complexity and diversity of the region, giving the viewer realistic perspectives on the people, culture, art, history, and politics. Most importantly, the West African Film Festival aims to bridge the cultural gap of understanding between Black Americans and West Africans in the region and diaspora as well as share professional best practices with the general U.S. population.
Image caption: Mara Lin Visser, Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra (film still), 2016. Image courtesy West African Film Festival.