Breaking the Cycle - Dipo ceremony, Ghana
2017 / camera / script writer / editor
Dipo is a Ghanaian traditional festival and a rite of passage for girls as they enter into womanhood celebrated by the people of Odumase, Krobo. Traditionally Dipo serves to train a girl for her role as a woman and signifies that a she is of marriageable age. This short documentary looks at the role Dipo plays in a girls life and the Krobo community, and at how socio-economic factors can mean parents have to initiate their daughters before puberty.
'Dipo Ceremony: from Girlhood to Womanhood' is part of 'Breaking the Cycle', a visual document that explores, the rituals, cultural traditions and taboos around female menstruation, across the globe.
Produced and directed by Nancy Durrell McKenna.