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  • 49'
  • Authors : Manolo d'Arthuys, Nicolas Cotto
  • 24-08-2018
  • Master : 2762

GHANA : BUSINESS ON THE TRACK | France 5 | Les Routes de l'Impossible

Ghana, a small country in West Africa, is the world’s second biggest producer of cocoa. It’s the end of the season. Either on motorbike or on foot, Jeff and his companions carry the precious commodity through the bush, trying to reach the town where they can sell their harvest. In the center of the country, Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world. Several times per week, the locals cross it to get to market. However, things get complicated when they have to load cattle aboard the boats and people and animals have to travel together. Ghana is also renowned for its funeral ceremonies and its very special caskets. These must represent the trade practised by the deceased in his or her lifetime. Along the roads, producers rival each other in ingenuity: the caskets take the shape of multi-colored fish, sewing machines, bibles or even bush taxis. Burials are not at all a somber occasion. They sometimes seem more like carnivals… and the dead come back to life.