Keteke, by Peter Sedufia
Giving birth in rural areas isn’t always easy: this is the premise behind the Ghanaian comedy Keteke, which has met with unexpected success. A film with a phenomenal appeal which, at festival after festival, has highlighted the talent of a promising young director.
From Ghana to the world
Peter Kofi Sedufia studied film and production in Ghana, before writing his own scripts and trying his hand at working in television.
The success of his short film The Traveller, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Pan African Film Festival in Ouagadougou in 2015, opened the doors feature films. In 2017, Keteke was released in cinemas and began a successful international career, spurred on by the screening of the film on several airlines. A year later, his second feature film Sidechic Gang (2018) received five nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
The tale of a birth
In the 1980s in Ghana, Boi and Atswei are expecting a child but miss the single weekly train that could take them to Akete, the city where Atswei hopes to give birth. Thus begins an epic journey through rural Ghana, full of adventures and comedic situations. The couple race against the clock in an outrageous, darkly funny road movie.
A rural comedy
Keteke means train in Akan, a language spoken by nearly 9 million people in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. For his film based on the unreliability of Ghanaian railways, filmmaker Peter Sedufia returns to the 1980s of his childhood. He lampoons his country's poor infrastructure, while raising what is a very serious issue to say the least: childbirth in rural areas, which can involve going to incredible lengths.
Festivals and success
Since its initial release, Keteke has continued to tour festivals, both in Africa (Burundi, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, etc.) and across other continents. It was featured at Film Africa 2017 in the United Kingdom, at the New York African Film Festival in the United States in 2019, and quickly joined the list of talents on offer at the Berlinale in Germany. A real phenomenon, offering an unprecedented window into Ghanaian cinema.
Keteke, is distributed by the Cinémathèque Afrique which brings together, at the Institut français, a catalogue of over 1,600 African films from 1960 to the present day.