Conversations...Portraits of Africa
I spent a few hours talking (well mostly listening) to these two, both in their 90’s and elders in a rural village deep in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
It was so so interesting, hearing them recount their lives spanning almost a century. There were cackles of laughter, tears and long silences.
In African folklore trees and elephants hold a special place, having lived so long and seen so much. It felt like I was talking to that unbreakable deep rooted tree, or that old mother elephant. I wish I was a filmmaker capturing this.
What did I learn? I’m not sure. There was no nugget of wisdom, no wise saying to hang my hopes and dreams on. One thing stood out for me however. In many of the long silences, the common theme was the regrets they had...