The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries.
The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win.
Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana. He builds suspense by taking the viewer down the back roads of the nation to capture each unexpected twist and turn in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. Throughout the film, Merz depicts the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.
- "A valuable glimpse into the politicking of the 2008 general election in Ghana, An African Election is a suspenseful, well-edited documentary" – Screen
- "A nimble, non-judgmental account of Ghana's 2008 presidential contest that shows the real battle is between the past and the future" – The Guardian
- "t’s fascinating to witness the civil way in which the country’s people and two main parties conduct themselve" – Time Out
- "Jarreth Merz's polished film is a handy document to a rarely visited democracy." – Empire Magazine
- "A well-balanced and carefully constructed window onto a world that is struggling to improve itself." – Little White Lies
- "Makes a lasting impression" – The Evening Standard
Film Weekly podcast — The Guardian
The Strand — BBC
Jarreth Merz Interview — Sound Bite Culture
Jarreth Merz on An African Election — Gahna Magazine
Inside An African Election — Arise Magazine
Video Interview: Filmmaker of ‘An African Election’ — Okayafrica
What democracy in Ghana looks like — The Economist
Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers — IndieWIRE
Best Documentary Award Nominee Jarreth Merz on An African Election — Film Independent
Jarreth Merz - An African Election — Premiere Interview