Guide Children (Extract) – Ghana

Blind beggars on the busy streets of Tamale, northern Ghana are sadly a very familiar feature. Most of them became blind through poverty or ignorance as they could not get treated on time. They cannot move without being guided all day by children. But should their disability loom the future of those innocent children who should be in school?

Produced by the Learning Circle, a group of 21 women trained in film production by Dominique Chadwick and Abibata Mahama.

Film edited by Dominique Chadwick

Screened at FESPACO 2007

Guide Children (Extract) from Dominique Chadwick on Vimeo.

Through their films the women from the Learning Circle express their concerns about a wide range of issues such as: women and girls’ education, the risks of HIV/AIDS in polygamous marriages, the violence against women and girls in their communities, the traditional practices of fostering and witchcraft and the discrimination suffered by disabled adults and children.

The project was supported by Comic Relief, Camfed International, Womankind, ADD (Action for Disability and Development) and local partners in Ghana.

Several films produced by the “Learning Circle were selected and screened at the FESPACO Pan African Film festival in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso in 2005 and 2007.