An African Election
Jarreth J. Merz, Switzerland, USA, 2010.
Directed by: Jarreth J. Merz
Producer: Jarreth J. Merz
Production company: Urban Republic
Cinematography: Topher Osborn
Editing: Samir Samperisi
Music: Patrick Kirst
Format: video
Running time: 89'

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 insiderís 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.

Directors Biography
Merz is a Swiss born actor, director and producer. He has worked extensively in film, television and theater. He is known for his portrayal of Simon of Cyrene in Mel Gibsonís 'The Passion of the Christ' and his recurring role as Charles Baruani in ER. 'An African Election' is his feature documentary debut.

Location and screening schedule:
EUROPA CINEMA, Friday, October 21st at 9.00
TUäKANAC CINEMA, Friday, October 21st at 21.00
DOCUCINEMA CROATIA, Saturday, October 22nd at 19.00
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