Jesse Weaver Shipley is a filmmaker, artist, and scholar. He is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College. Publications include “Visuality to Postcolonial African Politics: A Conversation with Mohamed Saidou N’Daou” and “‘The Best Tradition Goes On’: Popular Theater and Televised Soap in Neo-liberal Ghana.” His awards include a Fulbright-IIE Grant Accra, Ghana; Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant; a Residential Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia; and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University.
Since the early 1980s Ghana’s relatively peaceful political landscape and developing service industry infrastructure have been seen as a positive example of privatization and structural adjustment.
Black Star: The People’s Game is a documentary film shot in Accra, Ghana and Johannesburg, South Africa follows players, coaches, fans, artists, and business people as the National team, the Black Stars prepare for and participate in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.