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 November 2014

Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes, d'Angèle Diabang. La résilience des femmes, analyse par Olivier Barlet


Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes, d'Angèle Diabang. La résilience des femmes, analyse par Olivier Barlet

Vous n'avez que jusqu'à la fin novembre 2014 pour voir [en suivant ce lien] l'excellent documentaire d'Angèle Diabang sur le docteur Denis Mukwege et son hôpital pour femmes victimes de violences sexuelles dans l'Est du Congo, là où des enfants soldats immatures sont lancés sur des femmes qui pourraient être leurs mères, le viol étant pour les rebelles du Kivu une arme de guerre en détruisant le tissu social, car tous y perdent leur identité : les femmes, mais aussi leurs maris et leurs enfants.

LA SUITE SUR [AFRICULTURES]

“Congo, A Doctor to Save Women” by Angèle Diabang: The resilience of women, an analysis of the film by Olivier Barlet


“Congo, A Doctor to Save Women” by Angèle Diabang: The resilience of women, an analysis of the film by Olivier Barlet.

Translation from French by Beti Ellerson |
En français ci-après

Source & Photo: Africultures 

You only have until the end of November 2014 to see [at this link] the excellent documentary by Angèle Diabang about Dr. Denis Mukwege and his hospital for women victims of sexual violence in eastern Congo. Immature child soldiers are pushed to rape women who could be their mothers. Rape, a weapon of war for the rebels of Kivu, destroys the social fabric, as everyone loses their identity: the women, as well as their husbands and children.

The documentary by the young Senegalese director is programmed in the early evening on France 5, a respectable French broadcast channel. It is a rather rare topic to be reported. But it is especially important as the film is of exceptional acumen about a difficult subject. Angèle Diabang could have simply presented a flattering portrait of the famous surgeon-gynecologist who "repaired" women; triumphantly returning to the country he was forced to leave in 2012 after three assassination attempts. On the contrary, in line with the humility of his character, what Denis Mukwege says facing the camera is but the starting point for other voices; those of the psychologists and other caregivers, those of the women who have been raped; also at the centre of the image is the force of their uncovered faces, they who yearn to testify before the world, of the horror that they have lived, in the wild hope that it would serve to defend against future acts. The camera’s framing reflects their beauty and dignity; an appropriate distance is always respected.

These men, says Mukwege, "transform women's bellies into a battlefield." These poignant stories show that his words, unfortunately, are so true. Because it is not only the rape, but also the rejection that the women experience by their families. "My tears flow by themselves": We learn that women come back, raped again, what do they say to the child born of rape? How do you love this child?

Attentive to the surroundings, the details, the emotions, and especially to the vitality of the women and how they enliven the space, Angèle accords them first place, putting them in the spotlight, which is the objective of the hospital: to give them hope, teach them to read and write, help them rebuild their lives with a trade (in the Dorcas centres).

Men repair what the other men have done: the surgeons come together in an attempt to disrupt the damaging effects resulting from the "culpable complicity" of the Western powers, even though "without justice there is no peace." By his action as by his outspokenness, Dr. Mukwege troubles both the Rebels as well as the Rulers, but he takes the risk of acting because "the women are the ones who will bring about change", by their resilience and vitality, and "we must fight alongside them." 

[Français]

Congo, un médecin pour sauver les femmes, d'Angèle Diabang. La résilience des femmes Olivier Barlet

Vous n'avez que jusqu'à la fin novembre 2014 pour voir [en suivant ce lien] l'excellent documentaire d'Angèle Diabang sur le docteur Denis Mukwege et son hôpital pour femmes victimes de violences sexuelles dans l'Est du Congo, là où des enfants soldats immatures sont lancés sur des femmes qui pourraient être leurs mères, le viol étant pour les rebelles du Kivu une arme de guerre en détruisant le tissu social, car tous y perdent leur identité : les femmes, mais aussi leurs maris et leurs enfants.

LA SUITE SUR [AFRICULTURES]

25 November 2014

Pocas Pascoal (Angola) : Alda and Maria | Alda et Maria


Pocas Pascoal (Photo: Cinemassy)
Pocas Pascoal: Alda and Maria | Alda et Maria

Source: Cinemassy - Indépendance(s) et Création. Translation and transcription from French, respectively, by Beti Ellerson 


Pocas Pascoal with Ciomara Morais, Cheila Lima. 2012. Portugal. V.O. 1:34. Drama: Cinemassy. Translation from French by Beti Ellerson

Synopsis and details

Lisbon, late summer 1980. Two sisters, sixteen and seventeen years old have just arrived from Angola to escape the war. Left to fend for themselves, Alda and her younger sister Maria will have to learn to survive in a foreign city without financial means. With the support of others in the Angolan community, in a gray, polluted suburb, they put together a precarious existence.

Pocas Pascoal

Originally from Angola, where she was the first female camera operator, she now lives in Paris. After studying at the National Conservatory of French Cinema, she devoted herself to photography and the production of short documentaries. In 2002, she was part of the group of artists at the Cité internationale des arts and participated in various exhibitions of contemporary art. Among others, she directed the 56 mn documentary, Il y a toujours quelqu'un qui t'aime (There is always someone who loves you), which competed in several festivals and received the SCAM award. Her first feature film, Alda and Maria has received awards in several festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival for best film.

Excerpt from Interview 

"In the eighties, hundreds of adolescents were sent to Portugal to escape the war in Angola or to avoid military service. I was one of those young people. With very little money in our pockets, my mother put my sister and me on a plane to Lisbon. In war-affected Angola, Lisbon resonated in our ears like a promise of freedom. We arrived in that city with a heart full of hope. Though my mother was to join us soon afterwards, the Angolan state signed a decree banning anyone from leaving the country. At sixteen and seventeen years old, we were on our own in a Lisbon suburb..." Pocas Pascoal

Interview with Pocas Pascoal about Alda and Maria on Youtube: “Indépendance(s) et Création”. Transcription from French by Beti Ellerson

The origins of the film

I came to cinema a few years ago making documentary films about the collective memory of Angola; my first film focused on Angolan history. One day I found myself on the outskirts of Lisbon and realized that the story of these Angolans had not been told, in this vast space where a majority of Angolans live. The history of the Angolan youth who migrated from Angola in the 1970s to escape the military service. I myself experienced a part of the story of the film. I first began with a little documentary and then I wrote a fiction film. 

The choice of fiction

I did not initially intend to do a fiction film. I wanted to make a documentary as I really like that genre. As it is a rather personal story, I did not want to focus only on me. I wanted to talk about other Angolan immigrants who I encountered when living that experience in Portugal.

The role of reality

I wanted to cast young people living in Lisbon; I met a lot of people, a lot of youth there. I met the children of the immigrants because this is another generation. I wanted to work with young people who were not professionals. During the casting I met so many people who told me their stories, which enriched the scenario.

The engagement of the actors

It was fantastic to work with the young people. The two girls and two boys had an extraordinary drive. We had very little time because there was not a lot of money to work with. They learned the script by heart, and that was so gratifying, since we could then focus on the staging and the directing of the actors. Even though it was a dramatic story, we were constantly laughing, exchanging ideas and stories. It was great.

Projects

After this film I started working on another project. There were producers who contacted me, a French producer, my Portuguese producer with whom I continue to work, as well as a Swedish producer. This new film project will take place in Angola this time.

Independence(s) and Creativity

I think if one looks for it, really wants it, there is always a place. Even if they are not independent productions one may always find the moment to express oneself and be creative.

Relevant link from the African Women in Cinema Blog


19 November 2014

Call for applications: IWMF International Women's Media Foundation Africa Great Lakes Reporting Initiative


Call for applications: IWMF International Women's Media Foundation Africa Great Lakes Reporting Initiative
ANNOUNCING
the Africa Great Lakes Reporting Initiative

Washington, DC – The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce a $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to expand its reporting initiatives in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative will provide training and support for in-country women journalists, as well as opportunities for international correspondents to work in regions of East and Central Africa that receive limited coverage abroad. These efforts will include essential security training to help journalists stay safe in the field.
“Women are vital to international development, so it is critical that their voices are well represented in the global conversation. The IWMF’s unique programs are designed to include women's perspectives in international news reporting. We need more of those perspectives brought to Africa’s Great Lakes region, a part of the world that has so much potential and yet faces so many challenges to development,” explained Howard G. Buffett.
In addition to continuing its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo [link to Congo pages], in 2015 the IWMF will lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda to report on the intersections between conservation and conflict, agriculture and food security, democracy and governance. Over the next four years, the IWMF plans to work with more than 350 journalists to reshape the media narrative about the region.
To address growing safety concerns for journalists, the IWMF will expand its security training to benefit both international reporters and hundreds of journalists living and working in the African Great Lakes region by conducting hostile environments training for all of its program participants. In addition, the IWMF will launch its journalism security app, Reporta™, to facilitate the implementation of security protocols and to gather information about incidents of violence and threats against journalists around the world.
“Media organizations, even those with an interest in Africa's underreported stories, are hard-pressed to find the resources to pursue them. With the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, we will build a network of journalists around the world devoted to producing outstanding news coverage in and about Africa.” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director of the IWMF.
To learn more about the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and how to submit an application, please go to iwmf.org/greatlakes and follow the IWMF on Twitter and Facebook.
Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to IWMF Communications Strategist Anna Schiller, mailto:aschiller@iwmf.org, +1 202 567 2613.
Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF’s programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.
Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) is a private family foundation working to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. The Foundation looks for opportunities where funding is the catalytic capital that seeds sustainable, transformational change. 

15 November 2014

“Women and Youth: Vectors of peace, agents of development” | Femmes et jeunes en Francophonie: vecteurs de paix, acteurs de développement" - DAKAR 2014


“Women and Youth: Vectors of peace, agents of development” film screenings and debates during the Francophone Summit | Femmes et jeunes en Francophonie : vecteurs de paix, acteurs de développement". Semaine Francophone de La Critique Cinématographique - DAKAR 2014

Monday 24 to Sunday, November 30, 2014 |  
du lundi 24 au dimanche 30 novembre 2014

English translation | Français ci-après - Photo : Ousmane Ndiaye Dago

“Women and Youth: Vectors of peace, agents of development” - XV Francophone Summit 

A week of screenings of Francophone films (accompanied by debates), in Dakar (Senegal), in conjunction with the fifteenth Francophonie Summit (29-30 November) which brings together the Heads of State and Government of the OIF.

In several venues around the Senegalese capital, film screenings will be followed by a discussion with a film critic and possibly the directors/actors. The programming reflects the diversity of the Francophone cinema of the South, and the theme of the summit, “Women and Youth: Vectors of peace, agents of development”. Some fifteen films will be screened—long and short fiction and documentary— by filmmakers from the Francophone countries of the South.

Admission is free and open in order that all may fully benefit.

* Dates
Monday, 24 November to Sunday, 30 November 2014, in parallel with the XVth Francophonie Summit, Dakar.

* Sponsors
Filmmaker Safi Faye (Senegal).
Chief Editor Andrée Davanture (France), posthumously

Organised by
The Senegalese Association of Film Critics (ASCC- L'Association Sénégalaise de la Critique Cinématographique, Dakar) - The Association Vanuit het Zuiden / Depuis Le Sud / From the South (Amsterdam)
and
The African Guild of Directors & Producers (La Guilde africaine des Réalisateurs et Producteurs, Paris)

In collaboration with
The African Federation of Film Critics (FACC, La Fédération Africaine de la Critique Cinématographique)

Funded by
The General Delegation of the 15th Francophone Summit in Dakar (Commission of accompaniments and labeling projects).
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Femmes et jeunes en Francophonie: Semaine Francophone de La Critique Cinématographique
DAKAR 2014 - XVème Sommet de la Francophonie

Il s'agit d'une semaine de projections de films francophones (accompagnées de débats), à Dakar (Sénégal), en marge du XVe Sommet de la Francophonie (29-30 novembre) où se réunissent les Chefs d'État et de gouvernement de l'OIF.

Chaque film sera suivi d'un débat avec un critique de cinéma et éventuellement les réalisateurs /acteurs, dans plusieurs lieux de la capitale sénégalaise. La programmation est le reflet de la diversité du cinéma francophone du sud surtout (en raison d'un budget modeste) et du thème du sommet, "Femmes et jeunes en Francophonie : vecteurs de paix, acteurs de développement". Nous montrons une quinzaine de longs et courts métrages de fiction /documentaire, de réalisateurs / réalisatrices de pays francophones du Sud.

L'entrée est libre et gratuite afin que tout public puisse y bénéficier pleinement.

* Dates
Du lundi 24 au dimanche 30 novembre 2014, en marge du XVème sommet de la Francophonie, Dakar.

* Marraines
La réalisatrice Safi Faye (Sénégal).
La Chef Monteuse Andrée Davanture (France), à titre posthume

Organisée par
L'Association Sénégalaise de la Critique Cinématographique (ASCC, Dakar),
L'Association Vanuit het Zuiden / Depuis Le Sud / From the South (Amsterdam)
et
La Guilde africaine des Réalisateurs et Producteurs (Paris)

En collaboration avec
La Fédération Africaine de la Critique Cinématographique (FACC)

Financée par
La Délégation Générale du 15e SOMMET DE LA FRANCOPHONIE à Dakar (Commission projets d'accompagnements et labellisations).

Source: Africultures http://www.africultures.com/php/?nav=evenement&no=35925 

14 November 2014

World Premiere: “The Flying Stars” by Ngardy Conteh George (Sierra Leone-Canada) and Allan Tong – 14 November 2014


World premiere of The Flying Stars by Ngardy Conteh George and Allan Tong at the Rencontres Internationales du documentaire de Montréal | Montreal International Film Festival. Screenings: 14 November and 16 November.

Synopsis

The Flying Stars is about amputee soccer in post-war Sierra Leone. Team captain Bornor Kargbo and midfielder Momahamed “Census” Jalloh are amputees who play organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war they suffered a decade ago. As they dream of playing internationally, they wrestle with nightmares that haunt their daily lives and threaten the very families they are trying to feed. Can Bornor and Census overcome their postwar trauma and score a victory for their children off the soccer pitch?

The Filmmakers

Ngardy Conteh George: Co-director/editor/producer
As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora. As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streets, a short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean- Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!. She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (half-hour documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TV, Arts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV. She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Allan Tong: co-director/writer/producer
Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the comedy shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He has served as an office manager, post-production manager and associate producer at documentary production companies. His articles about cinema regularly appear in the IFP’s Filmmaker magazine, and he has programmed for several film festivals. Presently, Allan is writing scripted television drama after recently completing the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. 

Source: http://www.flyingstarsdoc.com

11 November 2014

Juliet Asante: Mobilefliks across Africa

Juliet Asante is the CEO of Eagle Productions and visionary of Mobilefliks, which has 100,000 subscribers in Ghana, making headway in Nigeria and has recently signed with 30 countries.

Her upcoming film Silver Rain, which will be completed in 2015, will be shot in two African countries and set in five. Juliet Asante describes the film as an African story, about which Africans in sub-Saharan Africa can identify—love and politics: African girl falls in love with African guy, a mixture of African experiences. Plans are for its release in all platforms: theatrical, VOD, television.