Film: Ghana's Rollaball

Rollaball, a new film by Eddie Edwards documents the intense soccer/skateboard sport developed by polio survivors in Ghana. During the week, many of the players eat and sleep on the streets of Accra, but on Sundays in an empty taxi rank, they come together for the love of the sport they built. While many documentaries on Africa victimize people affected by disability and poverty, Rollaball illustrates how these players are fighters - they fight for the recognition of their game and for respect as sportsmen. If there's still any question about their athleticism, peep the trailer below. For more info on the film, visit their Kickstarter page here.

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Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

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There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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