30 March-7 April 2006. This years Environmental Film Festival of Accra (EFFA) presents over 40 films from 22 countries at various venues around the city. The programme, which has the theme African Environments, includes new work by young African filmmakers as well as classic films. Genres range from documentary to animation and drama. The festival opens with a screening of Anita Roddick by Thomas Weidenbach (Germany, 2004), a profile of the founder of the biocosmetics company The Body Shop, at the Goethe-Institut on 30 March. This is followed on 31 March by the official festival launch at the British Council with the premiere of Music Comes From the Soul of the Land by Kwesi Owusu, a film celebrating the relationship between the environment and Ghanaian culture. Other highlights include the open air screening at Holy Gardens, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, on 1 April 18.00-22.00. There is also a special week-long programme for children. All screenings are free of charge. For full programme details and venues see the excellent EFFA website.
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Environmental film festival.
Venues around Accra. Photo: scene from the film Anita Roddick, which features the visit by the founder of the Body Shop to Tamale, Ghana, to establish a womens cooperative to supply shea butter to the global bio-cosmetics retailer.