Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Gender and Fairtrade film nominated for top award

Wed Mar 22 09:11:00 GMT 2017

A film produced by Dr Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf from the University’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences and Computing Services Audio Visual Unit has been nominated for a prestigious British Universities Film and Video Council Learning on Screen Award 2017.

Their film, ‘Gender and Fairtrade: the stories of women cocoa farmers in Ghana’, which was also produced with Dr Elizabeth Fortin at the University of Bristol, is one of only four entries to have been nominated for the General In-House Production Award. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony hosted at the British Film Institute on Thursday 27 April.

Based on research carried out in Ghana over the summer of 2015 with support from the British Academy, ‘Gender and Fairtrade’ documents the enormous contributions made by women to the production and supply of cocoa, despite the fact that their role often remains under-valued and, in some cases, unrecognised.