Yama

Yama follows Australian surfer and activist Lucy Small as she travels to Ghana to meet with a group of pioneering female surfers and skaters.

Once a stronghold of the transatlantic slave trade and with a history of Atlantic aquatic surf culture that precedes colonial invasion, this is a story of a reclamation and joy.

Aiming to tell a story that challenges the representations that many African nations are commonly subjected to in western media, Yama begins in the bustling city of Accra and travels to the wave rich coastline where there are communities driving the budding Ghanaian modern surf scene.

The Fantes are the people who populate the area where female surfers live. Yama is their name for the wooden boats that still cross Ghana's shoreline today.

The soundtrack is not an original score, but each of the artists were selected for being either from or linked to West Africa, specially including artists who have advocated for women's rights.

  • Lucy Small
    Director
  • Maddie Meddings
    Director
  • Lucy Small
    Writer
  • Maddie Meddings
    Writer
  • Lucy Small
    Producer
  • Lucy Small
    Key Cast
  • Sandy Alibo
    Key Cast
  • Justice Kwofie
    Key Cast
  • Eden Oyeoku
    Key Cast
  • Harmonie Bataka
    Key Cast
  • Maddie Meddings
    Filmer and Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Ghana
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - Lucy Small, Maddie Meddings