In Ghana, a country that was once a stronghold of the transatlantic slave trade and has a rich history of Atlantic aquatic surf culture predating colonial invasion, Lucy finds a story of reclamation and joy.

The aim of this story is to challenge the negative representations that many African nations are often subjected to in western media.

The documentary, titled “Yama,” begins in the bustling city of Accra and travels to the wave-rich coastline, where communities are driving the budding Ghanaian modern surf scene.

The female surfers live in an area populated by the Fantes, who call their wooden boats “Yama,” and these boats still cross Ghana’s shoreline today. “Yama” is a film by Maddie Meddings and Lucy Small, presented by Project Blank in association with Mecca Mpower, Heaps Normal, Surf Ghana, Obibini Girls Surf Club, Justice Brothers Surf School and Club.

Premier Dates Announced

The event will showcase the first-ever UK screening of the film, followed by an exhilarating discussion panel featuring surfing, gender equality, and filmmaking. The celebration will continue with a captivating live Kora performance by the brilliant Afriquoi, followed by their DJ set at the after-party venue, The Dead Famous. Tickets are priced at just £10 per person, which includes free entry to The Dead Famous after-party.

Tickets are limited and available online here.

Yama surf film

Premier poster for the Newquay showing. Proudly sponsored by Longboarder Magazine and 10 Over Surf Shop.