Anansi the spider: a tale from the Ashanti

United States, 1969

Film
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Episode number 1 of Series “African folklore”.
Anansi is a folk hero of the Ashanti people of Ghana and is a spider with human qualities. In this tale he falls into a river and is swallowed by a fish. After his rescue another accident befalls him. Rescued again, Anansi wishes to reward his son who has helped him with the aid of a beautiful white globe. Nyame, the One god, resolves the dilemma for him by setting the globe in the sky: it is the moon. Animation by Vincent Bell and narrated by Athmani Magoma. Animation inspired by the sophisticated geometric forms of the Ashanti.

Credits

production company

Gerald McDermott Films

producer/director

Gerald McDermott

Duration

00:11:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1969

Appears in

African folklore

Group of items

African folklore

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

000349

Language

English

Subject categories

Animation

Animation → Animated films - United States

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 6-12

Childrens Films → Children's films - United States

Literature → Fables

Literature → Folk literature, African

Literature → Literature

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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