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Sunday, October 16 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
J.C. Abbey, Ghana’s Puppeteer

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Steven Feld and Anyaa Arts Kollektif
2016 | 55 mins
Country Featured: Ghana
Country Produced: USA, Ghana
US Premiere
Sunday, October 16 | 5 pm | Program F14

Ghanaian polymath Joseph Commey Abbey began building puppets in 1963, and has since built a singular 50-year career of music-making, puppet-making, and entertainment. Known simply as J.C. Abbey, he has performed on the streets of Accra, in Ghanaian villages, and on international television, using his marionettes to chronicle the music of his homeland since its independence with ethnic songs, dances, and stories. Part historical documentary, part long-form music video, the film features 15 of Abbey’s incredible performances interwoven with a soundtrack that includes both archival material and new original compositions. Through storytelling and a blend of highlife, Afrojazz, and reggae, discover the cosmopolitan politics that intertwine ethnic, traditional, national, and global musical styles in Ghana today.

Co-presented by the African Film Festival New York

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Sunday October 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:15pm

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