Witches in Exile | Chicago Reader

Witches in Exile

After a death in northern Ghana, as in other areas of Africa, a female member of the family is sometimes accused of being a witch and of causing the death. These women are beaten, then placed in “witch camps” for life. They often refuse to leave, aware that some women who've tried to return to their families have been lynched. Allison Berg's stunning 2004 documentary offers testimony from the women and from their families, and an African sociologist explains that the fear of being charged with witchcraft is a way of controlling behavior, noting for example that growing “too rich” makes one more likely to be accused. In English and Dagbani with subtitles. 79 min.

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