Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 1981
Amour mijoté dans la marmite africaine (L’) | Love Brewed in the African Pot
Pays concerné : Ghana
Durée : 125 minutes
Genre : comédie dramatique
Type : fiction


Une interprétation de Roméo et Juliette dans le Ghana colonial, où une jeune femme instruite tombe amoureuse d’un mécanicien à moitié analphabète, au grand désespoir de son père qui voudrait la marier à un homme qu’il lui a choisi.

Immense succès populaire dans l’Afrique anglophone, Love Brewed in the African Pot est le premier long métrage de Kwah Ansah.


Love Brewed in the African Pot
An interpretation of Romeo and Juliet set in colonial Ghana, where a young woman with a posh Cape Coast education falls in love with a semi-literate auto mechanic and outrages her father, who expects her to marry the man of his choice.

Immensely popular throughout English-speaking Africa, Love Brewed in the African Pot is Mr. Ansah’s first feature-length film. Combining satire, comedy and melodrama, the film is an African love story that addresses a serious issue: the clash between indigenous traditions and European influences in 1951 pre-independent Ghana. Love collides with social class and colonialism when Aba Appiah, born to privilege, falls in love with Joe Quansah, son of a fisherman. Her father, retired civil servant Kofi Appiah, has other plans for her, and seeks to block their marriage. The resulting conflict has complex and unexpected consequences.

Kwah Ansah, Ghana, 1980; 125min.

Production company: Film Africa Limited (Kwaw Ansah)

Oumarou Ganda Prize, for « most remarkable direction and production in line with African realities » at the seventh Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO)-the first to be awarded a film from an Anglophone country;

the UNESCO Film Award (France),

8th International Film Festival of India
* Jury’s Special Silver Peacock Award, « For a Genuine and Talented Attempt to Find a National and Cultural Identity ».