Though the film was released three years ago, Jarreth Merz’s An African Election continues to make waves across the world, shining light upon the complex political process behind third world politics. The Independent Spirit Awards nominee made its digital debut alongside six other films on Tuesday, with eight more to follow.
The Sundance Institute Artist Services allows independent filmmakers an outlet to self-distribute their works through a wide variety of platforms like iTunes, Amazon Instant, SundanceNOW and YouTube. An African Election chronicles Merz’s three months in Ghana during the tumultuous 2008 Presidential Election.
The film follows key candidates in the election and documents some of the unexpected twists that come about in an election that’s brimming with importance. It plays out more like a political thriller than a gritty documentary, but that’s only a testament to the film’s unfiltered peek into the election process.
“I thought that after four years since the release I would be releasing my next film,” Merz says. “Never did I dream of the social and political impact An African Election would have.”
The six other films that debuted on Tuesday include Hot House, So Much So Fast, No Loans Today, So Much Fast Ed’s Next Move, Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern and TV Junkie. Violeta Went to Heaven debuts on Sept. 3 while All She Can, GYPSY DAVY, L.I.E, Putin’s Kiss, Sing Me the Song That Says I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, Made in L.A. and Romántico debut on Sept. 17.