Not Far from Bolgatanga

Not Far from Bolgatanga


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This short documentary demonstrates how international aid works, or fails to work, in the transfer of technology from a more to a less industrialized society. In the late 1970s, the government of Ghana, with the help of the Canadian International Development Agency, drilled wells and installed hand-operated pumps in many of the African country’s villages in an effort to provide a clean and convenient water supply. The film explores the relationships between people, environment, technology and nations of varying levels of industrialization from a decidedly Western perspective.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Not Far from Bolgatanga, Michael Rubbo & Barrie Howells, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Michael Rubbo
    Barrie Howells
  • producer
    Michael Rubbo
    Barrie Howells
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells
  • writer
    Michael Rubbo
  • editing
    Michael Rubbo
  • camera
    Fred Coleman
  • sound
    Samuel Boafo
  • sound editing
    André Galbrand
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel