Oct 16, 2009

Movie Posters From Ghana

From Ephemera Assemblyman (via Tor.com):

In the 1980s video cassette technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and VCR onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote these showings, artists were hired to paint large posters of the films (usually on used canvas flour sacks). The artists were given the artistic freedom to paint the posters as they desired - often adding elements that weren’t in the actual films, or without even having seen the movies.

[Film Poster Paintings from Ghana]


  1. I concur. I. Am. Awesome. Beyond that, though, it's interesting to see how other countries interpret our movies, even on the posters!