Sandra Appiah

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2010

Capstone Advisor

Professor Richard Bryer

Honors Reader

Professor Tula Goenka

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies | Television


The media is a business, but unfortunately has the greatest impact on society. Today, most people get their information from the Media and tend to believe everything it presents without much of a critical analysis or reflection. Africa is a continent filled with many natural resources, a unique culture, a rich history, and more. However when one turns on the Television in the western society, all that is presented is the negative side of Africa. We see the starvation and aids epidemic, we see the tribal wars, corruption, and more. There is always the presentation of the need for charity and rarely anything positive about the continent. Unfortunately because of the Media’s ability to influence people’s minds, this presentation have dominated society’s perception of the continent of Africa

As someone who was born in Ghana, I have beautiful memories of the place but these memories are tarnished by the way that African is perceived. When someone meets me, the first thing that probably comes into his or her mind is how poor I am because I am an African. This has become one of my biggest concerns in society today and so I decided that the best way to bring awareness to it is by making a documentary the shows the side of Africa that we don’t normally see in the media.

My Documentary is called “Homecoming,” and it is about my journey back home to Ghana and why I decided to take this trip. In this documentary I discuss some of the problems that young African Immigrants face in the United States and how the representation of Africa in the Media affects the way that Africa is viewed. I am the main subject in this documentary as I talk about some of the things that I encountered growing up in Italy and in the United States as a young African Immigrant and how I became ashamed of whom I was.

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