Sandra's Journey | 10. Thunderstorms, interviews and hairstyles
Sandra's journey. During a period of 4 months, filmmaker Sandra Korse journeyed with us in The Rhythms of Africa. It leads to the documentary 'Back to our Roots' (expected release January 2022). Sandra captured the creation process and her inner journey in short video's and writings.
Yet another week has passed. Unbelievable! It was a week filled with laughter and quite a bit of travel (a little longer than I had in mind as the bus from Wa to Tamale broke down). And also a week in flow with life as it comes in Ghana.
Hairstyles & interviews
Dark clouds on the horizon. The wind is picking up and I look at Mwintombo somewhat worried. Do we really jump onto the motorbike and go straight through the storm?
He seems determined and I trust him on his instincts. I jump onto the back of his bike and quickly put on my sunglasses to protect my eyes. The sand and loose plastic bags blow over our heads. On the roadside everyone quickly packs their goods before the wind picks them up and blows them away.
After 10 minutes we arrive at the place where I planned to have our interview. But what so often happens with things you think of; reality turns out to have something else in mind. I look around and see that this place is an absolute no-go at this moment.
I quickly jump back onto the motorbike and we drive towards a gravel road. I have no idea where Mwintombo is taking me, but I trust him once more. That turns out to be an excellent idea. We arrive at a spacious house with a covered veranda, where we are warmly welcomed by the lady of the house and her two sons. It is a great place to hide from the rain that is now pouring down. "Just in time," I sigh in relief.
I chat to Rita, the lady of the house, about hairstyles in Ghana. I am fascinated by the use of wigs in this culture. All women wear a wig or opt for hair extensions. I have dreamed of having long hair all my life and I do not hesitate for a moment when she suggests to try on a few wigs. It is a bit of a hassle to get my hair in a little stocking (so that the wigs can go over my hair a bit easier), but it works.
The following wig fashion show is hilarious. Suddenly I have these long locks of hair all the way down to my bum, I try on purplish dreads and of course the black locks. Personally, I don't really like it (but see for yourself ), but the whole experience is one to remember.
In the meantime, the rain has blown over and Mwintombo and I can still have our interview in the large garden full of trees, shrubs and beautiful hideaways. It turns into a conversation in which a lot of wisdom about our heart consciousness comes up, but more about thát in the documentary.