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.

21 July 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 21-07-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
21 – 07 – 2017

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Cheryl Dunye
Yvonne Orji
Djia Mambu
Judy Kibinge
Mamounata Nikièma


Cheryl Dunye
The Watermelon Woman 20th Anniversary Screening with Director Cheryl Dunye in Attendance at Kaleidoscope Film Festival. Kaledoscopefilmfestival.com.

Yvonne Orji
Yvonne Orji Of 'Insecure' Stresses Powerful Black Friendships. J'na Jefferson. 19 July 2017. Vibe.

Djia Mambu
#ThatsNotOkay report: Women are not safe in SA film and TV industry. Djia Mambu. 18 July 2017. City Press New 24.

Judy Kibinge
Kenyan film maker Judy Kibinge, the first Kenyan to be invited to the Oscars board. CNN International Facebook.

Mamounata Nikièma
« Etre aussi technicienne me permet de gagner de l’argent que je réinjecte dans la production ». Claude Forest. 18 Juillet 2017. Africultures.


LINKS | LIENS

20 July 2017

Efere Ozako African Movie Academy Awards 2017 Best Short Film Clémentine Dusabejambo: A Place for Myself-Une place pour moi Khadidiatou Sow: Une place dans l'avion-A Place in the Plane

Efere Ozako African Movie Academy Awards 2017 Best Short Film
Clémentine Dusabejambo :
A Place for Myself | Une place pour moi 
Khadidiatou Sow :
Une place dans l'avion | A Place in the Plane

AMAA Facebook Page Image 

Clémentine Dusabejambo : A Place for Myself | Une place pour moi

Synopsis

[English]
 “A Place for Myself” by Marie Clementine Dusabejambo captures the story of a five year old albino girl, Elikia, who attend a casual elementary school. Due to her skin color her classmates make her realize that her being "different" is more a problem than a special trait. While the neighbourhood treats her as a stereotype, her mother encourages her. Together they fight back and raise their voice to find a place for themselves.

At some point, every child dreams of being a superhero, they put on a cape and imagine that they have the power to make them a reality. Along the way, many of us lose our self-confidence and our faith is taken away when the world shows us how different we are from what they call “Normality “A Place for Myself” is a reflection on our differences. Our goal is to inspire young people and to make them realize that human beings have a lot in common to focus on rather than just differences.

[Français]
Dans une école primaire quelconque, arrive une fille albinos âgée de cinq ans, Elikia. A cause de la couleur de sa peau, ses camarades de classe s’aperçoivent que sa différence est plus un problème qu’un caractère particulier. Tandis que son voisinage la considère comme un stéréotype, sa mère la soutient. Ensemble, elles réagissent et élèvent leurs voix pour trouver leur propre place.



Khadidiatou Sow : Une place dans l'avion | A Place in the Plane

Synopsis

[English]
A radio station announces that a special aircraft to the US is at the disposal of any traveller wishing to emigrate, on demand. But there is a limited number of places. Moussa, who has always dreamt of leaving, decides to set off.

[Français]
Une station de radio annonce qu'un avion spécial à destination des États-Unis vient d'être mis à la disposition de tout voyageur désireux d'émigrer, sans aucune formalité ou contrainte. Sauf que les places sont limitées. Moussa qui a toujours rêvé de partir se découvre des capacités insoupçonnés.



14 July 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités 14-07-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
14 – 07 – 2017

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Zanele Muholi
Rungano Nyoni
Mulheres negras no Audiovisual
Nike Kadri


Zanele Muholi
‘Photography saved my life’ – the year-long exposure of visual activist Zanele Muholi. Emine Saner. 14 July. 2017. The Guardian

Rungano Nyoni
Close-up. Durban International Film Festival 2017 (South Africa)

Mulheres negras no Audiovisual
25 de julho, é dia de marchar e celebrar a luta e a vida de nós mulheres da diáspora negra. Masterclass. Empoderadas Facebook

Nike Kadri
By the Tide executive produced by Nigerian-American Nike Kadri. By The Tide website


INTERVIEW VIDEO

Rungano Nyoni
Cannes 2017 : Rungano Nyoni – Zambia. Sudu Connexion



LINKS | LIENS

13 July 2017

Palmarès | Awards : Mis Me Binga 2017 (Festival International de films de femmes)








PALMARÈS | AWARDS 
MIS ME BINGA 2017
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
DE FILMS DE FEMMES











PALMARÈS | AWARDS :

Binga d'or Long Métrage
L'arbre sans fruit | Fruitless Tree de/by Aïcha Macky, Niger






















Binga d'or Court Métrage:
La Boxeuse de/by Iman Ndiaye, Sénégal









Binga d'or He for She:
Point de vue de/by Frank T. Lea Malle, Cameroun











SUR L’AFFICHE | FILM POSTERS

Chroniques Congolaises de/by Wendy Bashi
Qu'il en soit ainsi de/by Vivianne Dayo
La boxeuse | Boxing Girl de/by Iman Djionne
La vie en attente | Life is waiting de/by Iara Lee
L'arbre sans fruit | Fruitless Tree de/by Aïcha Macky
Normalium de/by Siam Marley
L'absence de/by Hawa Ndiaye
Le Crayon | The Pencil de/by Adjaratou Ouedraogo
La Colère dans le vent | Anger in the Wind de/by Amina Weira
Heritage de/by Yollande Wellimoum
Rêve corrompu de/by Chantal Youdom
Eldorado de/by Agnès Yougang











11 July 2017

Nnedi Okorafor's award-winning novel "Who Fears Death" to be adapted for TV series

Image: nnedi.com
Nnedi Okorafor's award-winning novel "Who Fears Death" to be adapted for TV series

“This did not happen overnight. It’s been nearly four years coming,” writes Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor on Facebook. Her World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death, has been acquired by the U.S. cable and satellite television network, HBO and will be adapted in a TV series, executive-produced by George R.R. Martin.


Synopsis of book (Source: nnedi.com

In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways, yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. After years of enslaving the Okeke people, the Nuru tribe has decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke tribe for good. An Okeke woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her child Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient tongue.

From a young age, stubborn, willful Onyesonwu is trouble. It doesn’t take long for her to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her violent conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by both tribes.
But Onye is not the average Ewu. As a child, Onye’s singing attracts owls. By the age of eleven, she can change into a vulture. But these amazing abilities are merely the first glimmers of a remarkable unique magic. As Onye grows, so do her abilities—soon she can manipulate matter and flesh, or travel beyond into the spiritual world. During an inadvertent visit to this other realm she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her.

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer, and to understand her own nature, she seeks help from the magic practitioners of her village. But, even among her mother’s people, she meets with frustrating prejudice because she is Ewu and female. Yet Onyesonwu persists.

Eventually her magical destiny and her rebellious nature will force her to leave home on a quest that will be perilous in ways that Onyesonwu can not possibly imagine. For this journey will cause her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately to learn why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death?


Biography (Source: nnedi.com)

Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters.


10 July 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 07-07-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
07 – 07 – 2017

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Cheryl Dunye
Souad Houssein
Yaa Asantewa-Undp Award
Twiggy Matiwana
Jihan El Tahri, Judy Kibinge, Safi Faye, et al


Cheryl Dunye
Pioneer Director Cheryl Dunye Breaks Down Key Scenes of ‘Queen Sugar’. K. Nicole Mills. 07-07-2017. Hollywood’s Black Renaissance

Souad Houssein
"Femmes d'Afrique" sur l'évolution du cinéma francophone du Sud, en particulier le cinéma africain. Amina, magazine femmes d’Afrique

Yaa Asantewa-Undp Award
The Black Star International Film Festival introduces the Yaa Asantewa-Undp Award. 03-07-2017. Facebook FSIFF Page 

Twiggy Matiwana
Acclaimed film to make G’town debut. By Barbara Hollands. 06-29-2017. Dispatch Live

Jihan El Tahri, Judy Kibinge, Safi Faye, et al
Jihan El Tahri, Judy Kibinge, Jean-Marie Teno, John Akomfrah, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, à l'Académie des Oscars. Par Thierno Ibrahima Dia. 06-29-2017. Africiné.

LINKS | LIENS

Appel à films | Call for films : Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage Carthage Film Festival 2017

Appel à films | Call for films : 
Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage
 Carthage Film Festival 
2017

JCC 2017
call for films is open | l'appel à films est ouvert

Fundraiser to help secure the future and accessibility of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive

Fundraiser to help secure the future and accessibility of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive





June Givanni’s Pan African Cinema Archive needs your support in raising £10,000 to help secure the future, independence and accessibility of this unique archival collection. PLEASE DONATE!

30 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog Updates | Actualités 30-06-2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
30 – 06 – 2017

News around the Internet 
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Jihan El Tahri
Mis Me Binga
Zuriel Oduwole
Rama Thiaw



Jihan El Tahri
Academy Invites Record 774 New Members: 39 Percent Female and 30 Percent People of Color. Hollywood Reporter

Mis Me Binga
Festival International de Femmes | International Women’s Film Festival – 29 06 – 01 - 07 2017. Facebook: follow on direct | suivre en direct. Facebook 

Zuriel Oduwole
Africas Biggest Bi-Lingual TV Network Features Zuriel Oduwole
Rama Thiaw
Africajarc 2017 : la sélection cinéma, avec Rama Thiaw, invitée officielle. Le programmateur Colin Dupré donne une large part aux femmes.  Imagesfrancophones


LINKS | LIENS

27 June 2017

Appel à film | Call for films 2017 : Festival du Film de Masuku - Nature et environnement | Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment (Gabon)

Appel à film | Call for films 2017 : Festival du Film de Masuku - Nature et environnement | Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment (Gabon) 


Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment is an international festival, which, through the moving image, examines the place of humans in their environment in a global manner: biodiversity, environmental issues and urbanism. The festival welcomes all genres and formats, from all cinematic forms, but devotes an important place to African cinemas. (Translation of text in French from website)


Le Festival du Film de Masuku Nature & Environnement est un festival international qui à travers l’image interroge la place de l’homme dans son cadre de vie de façon globale : biodiversité, enjeux environnementaux et urbanisme. ll accueille tous les genres et tous les formats de films, en provenance de toutes les cinématographies, mais consacre une large place au cinéma africain. (Texte du site)

Links | Liens


Mis Me Binga 2017 : Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time | Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun by/par Pélagie Ng'onana (Africiné)

Mis Me Binga 2017 : Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time | Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun by/par Pélagie Ng'onana (Africiné)

[English] Français ci-après

Mis Me Binga 2017: “Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time” by Pélagie Ng'onana, Africiné, 26/06/2017. Translation from French by Beti Ellerson. (An African Women in Cinema Blog/Africiné collaboration).

The International Women's Film Festival opens on 28 June in Yaoundé. For three days, the 24 films selected for this 8th edition of Mis Me Binga are presented to the public. "Three days of cinema" as it is called by the team who initiated the project in 2010, and led by filmmaker Narcisse Wandji (Walls, 2016) and producer Evodie Ngueyeli, is driven by the challenge of energising the local culture scene with the magic of cinema.

According to the organisation, this year's programming is a consistent representation of African women's production. This is certainly the case of Fruitless Tree by Aïcha Macky of Niger, the opening film. The 52-minute documentary addresses the hidden torment of women suffering from infertility. The film was in the official selection at the last Fespaco [2017], and has also won several prizes, including the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Documentary in 2016. The public will also be able to appreciate Cameroonian Chantal Youdom's Rêve corrompu (Corrupted Dream), El Dorado by her compatriot Agnès Yougang, Le crayon (The Pencil) by Adjaratou Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso and L’Absence by Hawa Ndiaye from Mali.

Cameroon leads the list of selected films, followed by Niger with three films and Burkina Faso with two. Mali, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Algeria each have one film. While the official selection covers mainly Central and West Africa, the team of Mis Me Binga is nevertheless pleased. However, this collection is far from a representation of "all the wonders of the cinemas of Africa" ​​as this 8th edition claims. A detail that nevertheless does not undermine the importance of the event: to move the spectators, to allow them to experience a range of emotions through their encounter with recent cinematographic works. "The importance of these films and the very reason for their existence is to give them visibility, to be able to provide elements for reflection, criticism and, why not, simply for entertainment," emphasises Evodie Ngueyeli.

From its inception Mis Me Binga ("The eyes of women" in the Ewondo language of Cameroon) took on the role of advocate to promote the woman’s perspective in the universe of the 7th art. But since the last three years, the festival has opened a window to films made by men, with themes supporting the cause of women. Although ultimately, in terms of numbers, the works by men are equal to those by women. They include The Digger by Nabe Daone, Royal Team Family by Abdel Aziz Zra, both from Cameroon; Le Jardin d'Akoua (The Garden of Akoua) by Marcelin Bossou from Togo, and the Algerian Mohamed Yargui with his film Je te promets (I promise you). This year's competition includes feature films. The two juries, for feature and for short, will discern the awards for these films, which will be announced on July 1st during the closing ceremony.

Eight years later, Mis Me Binga, which ranks as the second most important festival in Cameroon (after Écrans Noirs, which takes place in July), has seen results: about 2,000 films have been screened, 10,000 visitors and 35 women trained in screenwriting, marketing and film production. This edition proposes, throughout the three days, an initiation to film animation workshop.


[Français]
Mis Me Binga 2017 Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun. Pélagie Ng'onana. Publié le 26/06/2017
 
Le festival international de films de femmes s'ouvre le 28 juin à Yaoundé. Trois jours pas plus pour présenter au public les 24 films retenus pour cette 8ème édition du Mis Me Binga. "Trois jours de cinéma" tel que le présente la jeune équipe initiatrice du projet depuis 2010. Des jeunes, en tête desquels Narcisse Wandji, réalisateur (Walls, 2016) et Evodie Ngueyeli, productrice, nourris par le défi d'animer l'environnement culturel local avec la magie du cinéma. POUR LIRE L’INTEGRALITE : http://www.africine.org/?menu=art&no=14160


26 June 2017

Festival Ciné Banlieue 2017 12ème edition : Appel à films | Call for entries

Festival Ciné Banlieue 2017
12ème edition :
Appel à films | Call for entries


For participants between 18 and 35 years-old only.
Film production dates between 2015 and 2017
Maximum length: 30 minutes.

Adressé uniquement aux adultes ayant entre 18 et 35 ans.
Film réalisé entre 2015 et 2017.
Durée maximum: 30 minutes.

24 June 2017

Festival International du Film d’Amiens 2017 : Appel à films | Call for films

Festival International du Film d’Amiens 2017 :
Appel à films | Call for films


La 37e édition du Festival International du Film d’Amiens se déroulera du 10 au 18 novembre 2017. Vous pouvez dès à present inscrire votre film sur le lien suivant : www.fifam.fr

The 37th edition of the International Film Festival of Amiens will take place from 10 to 18 November 2017. You may now register your film at the following link: www.fifam.fr.

23 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 23-06-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
23 – 06 – 2017

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Ngozi Onwurah
Les Tibeb Girls de Bruktawit Tigabu
Danai Gurira
Issa Rae
Liyana, executive-produced by Thandie Newton
Claire Diao
Bruktawit Tigabu
Akosua Adoma Owusu


Ngozi Onwurah
Ngozi Onwurah: The Forgotten Pioneer of Black British Film. Varaidzo.

Les Tibeb Girls de Bruktawit Tigabu
Les Tibeb Girls, Ethiopiennes, super-héroïnes et feminists. Emeline Wuilbercq. 18-06-2017. Le Monde.

Danai Gurira
‘Black Panther’ Actress Danai Gurira to Star in Upcoming ‘Avengers’ Sequel. 14-06-2017. Hollywood Black Renaissance.

Issa Rae
Issa Rae ‘Insecure’ Season 2 Teaser. 14-06-2017. Hollywood Black Renaissance.

Liyana, executive-produced by Thandie Newton
Liyana an animation film, executive-produced by English-Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton. A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. liyanathemovie.com.

Claire Diao
Double vague : mettre en lumière 10 ans de cinema. 9-06-2017. Entretien de Claire Tomasella. Africultures

Bruktawit Tigabu
Bruktawit Tigabu, l'institutrice qui sauve des vies. Laura Carreno. 05-06-2017. Journal des Femmes

Akosua Adoma Owusu
Ghanaian-American Filmmaker Gets 2017 African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) Nomination. threesixtygh.com


Trailers | Bande annonce

Akosua Adoma Owusu
On Monday of Last Week Trailer by Akosua Adoma Owusu