The purpose of the African Women in Cinema Blog is to provide a space to discuss diverse topics relating to African women in cinema--filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals. The blog is a public forum of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema.

Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

26 May 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 26-05-2017


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
26 – 05 – 2017

Content | Contenu :

Awa Traoré
Rungano Nyoni
Rihanna, Lupita, Issa, Av
Nneka Onuorah
Amina Weira


Awa Traoré
[Sudu Connexion] Awa Traoré est la productrice malienne du long-métrage documentaire Renaissance d'Andrey Diarra, sélectionné au Ouaga Film Lab 2016 et au Pavillon Les Cinémas du Monde 2017. 24.05.2017. YouTube.

Rungano Nyoni
Cannes Hidden Gem: 'I Am Not a Witch' Satirizes Sorcery in Modern-Day Zambia. Alex Ritman. 21-05-2017. Hollywood Reporter.

Rihanna, Lupita, Issa, Ava
Twitter's dreams just became a reality: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o really will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae is reportedly in talks to pen the script. The film will stream on Netflix, according to Entertainment Weekly. 22-05-2017. Harpersbazaar.

Nneka Onuorah
Interview – Nneka Onuorah, réalisatrice de « The Same Difference » : « Je voulais faire un film pour les femmes qui n’adhèrent pas forcément aux labels » 22 mai 2017. L’Afro

Amina Weira
Caméras des champs : l’uranium, thème central de la Colère d'Amina Weira 
20-05-2017. Republicain-Lorrain


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25 May 2017

Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine - 3 June 2017 (British Film Institute)

Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine
British Film Institute
3 June 2017

Source: BFI 

An unbroken line of influence can be traced back from Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade to the imprint left on cinema by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust: a connection highlighting the profound cultural legacy of images created by and about black women. With roots in theatre and activism – and springing from film movements such as the LA Rebellion and the Sankofa Film Collective in the UK – the works in this season are imbued with mesmerising poetic qualities, experimental techniques and a dedication to reflecting the black feminine in all its multitudes. As conversations about black womanhood dominate culture today, from #BlackGirlMagic to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche declaring ‘we should all be feminists’, Unbound revisits works that have historically been obscured from view, and introduces a new band of pioneers, with stories that are ripe for rediscovery.


Source: Facebook

“Some films are made because they need to be made. They’re works of passion” - Julie Dash

We’re co-presenting the season launch of the BFI film season ‘Unbound: Visions of the Black Feminine’. Inspired by the re-release of Julie Dash’s landmark Daughters of the Dust Unbound looks backward and forward to the present day at the generations of black women making innovative film work. Join us for a day of short films and panel discussions followed by music in the BFI Bar & Kitchen provided by BBZ and resident gal-dem DJs.

A special season introduction delving into the history, craft and unique visual quality behind images of the black feminine. With early narrative work from Julie Dash, a rich archival documentary about about Stonewall uprising hero Stormé DeLarverie and fearlessly bold work from Ngozi Onwurah, this event uncovers the imprint made by black women filmmakers and will inspire you to explore the rest of our Unbound season. With panelists Karen Alexander, Kelli Weston and Season Curator Tega Okiti. Hosted by Grace Barber-Plentie


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22 May 2017

Wild Track Newsletter #24 May 2017 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

Wild Track Newsletter #24 May 2017 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

The Wild Track Newsletter is published by the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA TRUST) 

The Wild Track Newsletter covers information, issues and events relevant and related to African women in cinema in general and specifically those from Zimbabwe, including coverage of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the annual film festival which takes place in Zimbabwe. In addition, it covers gender related arts-based activities in the Zimbabwe area.

Back issues are also available on the ICAPA Trust site: Issue 23, Issue 22, Issue, 21, Issue 20, Issue 19, Issue 18, Issue 17, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13, Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7.




21 May 2017

Nneka Onuorah launches a crowdsourcing campaign for “Rotten Fruit” film project

Image: Rotten Fruit Indiegogo Page
Nneka Onuorah launches a crowdsourcing campaign for “Rotten Fruit” film project

Visit the Rotten Fruit Indiegogo Page for details about the crowdsourcing efforts and to make a contribution.


About The Project

Rotten Fruit centers on the relationship between the LBGTQI community and the attitudes of the Black Church in the United States.

According the crowdsourcing page, Nneka Onuorah plans to explore the following topics:


- History of Church Institution and Slavery
- Gay Civil Rights VS Black Civil Rights
- Projected patriarchy onto LGBT
- Elitism
- Ironic sexism in the black church
- Cognitive Dissonance
- Emotional Repression
- Molestation
- Measurement of sins
- Similarities between the ideology of the black church and White Supremacy
- Contract between church and U.S Politics 

20 May 2017

Claire Diao : Double Vague, le nouveau soufflé du cinéma français (Double wave, the new energy of French cinema) 2017

Claire Diao : Double Vague, le nouveau soufflé du cinéma français (Double wave, the new energy of French cinema) 2017


L’attribution de la Caméra d’or à Houda Benyamina en 2016 pour Divines a braqué les projecteurs sur ces réalisateurs de double culture grandis dans les quartiers populaires, souvent autodidactes et déjà auréolés de prix internationaux. Pour en finir avec les clichés sur « le cinéma de banlieue », plus de cinquante réalisateurs parmi lesquels Alice Diop, Maïmouna Doucouré, Rachid Djaïdani, Djinn Carrenard, Franck Gastambide, Jean-Pascal Zadi… s’expriment ici. Une génération montante qui, affranchie de la Nouvelle Vague, incarne un nouveau souffle du cinéma français, audacieux, réaliste et surtout très divers. Riche d’une centaine d’heures d’interviews, cette enquête journalistique conduite sur dix ans leur donne enfin la parole.

The 2016 Caméra d’or Award for the film Divines by Houda Benyamina has put the spotlight on those bi-cultural filmmakers who grew up in working-class neighbourhoods, often autodidact and already crowned with international prizes. Putting an end to the clichés of "the cinema of the banlieue" (housing estates, immigrant neighbourhoods), more than fifty directors express themselves, including Alice Diop, Maïmouna Doucouré, Rachid Djaïdani, Djinn Carrenard, Franck Gastambide, Jean-Pascal Zadi. An up-and-coming generation, liberated from the New Wave, represents a new energy of French cinema: audacious, realist and above all very diverse. With a hundred hours of interviews, this ten-year journalistic exploration gives them, finally, a voice.


Claire Diao ©FIFF/Yoann Corthésy

Claire Diao est une journaliste et critique de cinéma franco-burkinabè, à l’initiative du programme Quartiers Lointains, la revue Awotélé et la société Sudu Connexion.

Claire Diao is a Franco-Burkinabe journalist and film critic, at the forefront of several initiatives: the Quartiers Lointains programme, the journal Awotele and Sudu Connexion.




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19 May 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités 19-05-2017

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
19 – 05 – 2017

Content | Contenu :

African Female Filmmakers
Rungano Nyoni
June Givanni
Claire Diao, Aset Malanda, Nina Melo,Josza Anjembe,
Jihan El-Tahri




African Female Filmmakers
The Centre for Film Studies (SOAS) 3rd Postgraduate Symposium: 'Global Cinemas Speak Back'. 31 May 2017. Centre for Film Studies.
Todun Joseph: Female Representation by Female Filmmakers in Nollywood Films
Robin Steedman: Negotiating Transnational Circuits of Screen Media: Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers and World Cinema

Rungano Nyoni
Cannes First-Look: Rungano Nyoni's Buzzy Feature Debut, 'I Am Not a Witch'. Tambay Obenson. 19 May 2017. Shadow and Act.

June Givanni
Black Film British Cinema Conference-University of Greenwich. 18-19 May 2017. UnivGreenwich

Claire Diao, Aset Malanda, Nina Melo,Josza Anjembe
Le Grand Débat: Un autre visage du cinema français. 17 mai 2017. Africa1

Jihan El-Tahri
La cineasta egipcia Jihan El Tahri propone recontextualizar el continente a través de películas. 8 May 2017. Elpais.com

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