The traditional practice of fostering young girls to their aunties in northern Ghana was initially meant to strengthen family relationships but it is now a major obstacle to girl’s education.
The Broken Promise was filmed and produced by the Learning Circle, a group of 21 women trained in film production by Dominique Chadwick and Abibata Mahama. The women from the Learning Circle advocate for girl’s education through screening the film in the communities of the northern region of Ghana.
Film edited by Dominique Chadwick and screened at the 2005 FESPACO film festival in Burkina Faso.
The Broken Promise (Extract 2) 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.