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An African election

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Switzerland, 2010, HD, Color/B&W, 89'

DIRECTED BY:
Jarreth Merz, Kevin Merz

SCREENPLAY:
Jarreth Merz, Erika Tasini, Shari Yantra Marcacci

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Topher Osborn, Kevin Merz

EDITING:
Samir Samperisi

MUSIC:
Patrick Kirst and Ghanaba (Guy Warren)

SOUND:
Quirin Sieber and Riccardo Studer

PRODUCER:
Jarreth Merz, Franco Agustoni, Brigitte Agustoni

PRODUCTION:
Urban Republic

SYNOPSIS:

The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, serve as the backdrop for this Sundance 2011 Award Nominated feature documentary that looks behind the scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy
struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this race are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win. Director Merz follows the key players for almost three months to provide an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic and social forces at work in Ghana.
BIOGRAPHY:

Jarreth Merz is a Swiss born actor, director and producer. He grew up in Ghana, Germany and Switzerland and speaks five languages fluently. He is known for his portrayal of Simon of Cyrene in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and his recurring role as Charles Baruani in ER. He studied directing at the New York University and with Salem Ludwig at HB-Studio in New York. In 2005 Merz co-founded The Cell Film Production and he founded Urban Republic Films. Merz has worked extensively in film, television and theater. Kevin Merz was born in 1978 in Switzerland. He studied photography at the Italian Institute of Photography and Filmmaking at the Los Angeles Film School. Since 2005, he has been working as an independent filmmaker. His latest feature documentary, Glorious Exit, has won various international film prizes including: the Special Jury Prize for Best Cinema Narrative 2009, Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania; the Gran Premio for Best Documentary Film 2008, Orense Film Festival, Spain and the Walter Mosley Price ex-aequo 2008, Real Life Documentary Festival, Accra, Ghana.

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