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.

27 October 2016

African Women and the Documentary: Storytelling, Visualizing History, from the Personal to the Political by Beti Ellerson

Beti Ellerson, “African Women and the Documentary: Storytelling, Visualizing History, from the Personal to the Political.” Black Camera: An International Film Journal 8, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 223-239.

Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/blackcamera.8.1.0223


The practice of storytelling, of relating actuality, the real, of recounting history, the personal, the social, the political, are all features of the screen culture in which African women have evolved in myriad ways as stakeholders in the cultural production of their society and the world. Telling stories through documentary in particular has been a dominant mode of expression among African women, perhaps out of a genuine interest in addressing the pressing issues in their societies and relating stories that would otherwise not be told. Their filmmaking practice is indicative of the diversity of themes they address, using eclectic approaches: autobiographical, experimental, hybrid, consciousness-raising, socio-political, as well as within trans-local and transnational spaces—some going beyond the cultural references of the filmmakers. This article brings together current trends and tendencies incorporating African women who span the globe, utilizing diverse languages, reflecting a plurality of experiences, histories, cultures, and geographies. 

23 October 2016

Udada International Women's Film Festival 2016 - Nairobi - The African Woman: perceptions and reflections

Udada International Women's Film Festival - Nairobi - 2016
The African Woman: perceptions and reflections

The third edition of UDADA (SISTERHOOD) FILM FESTIVAL will be held from the 25th - 28th October 2016, and daily screenings will be held at PAWA 254 (Mageuzi Theatre)


The choice of the theme is influenced by the need to highlight the role African women play in the film world and to engage audiences and filmmakers in a debate about the same.

The Festival will screen films, made by African women or about African women, from all over the world.

The Festival will screen short and full-length feature films, documentaries, animation and experimental films.

Festival directors:

Wanjiru Kinyanjui
Naomi Mwaura
Matrid Nyaga


Rachel Diang’a
A. Wambui Kairo
Daisy Nandech Okoti
Likarion Wainaina
John Wambugu

Special Events:

Wednesday - Panel discussion (content, marketing and distribution) 
Thursday - Gender Forum (women and leadership)
Friday - African Women Filmmakers Hub (inaugural meeting)

Film Selection:

Africa (Israel) 45 min
Dvorit Shargal

Aisha (Tanzania) 120 min
Chande Omar

Aissa’s Story (USA) 15 min
Iquo B. Essein

Bahati (Tanzania) 62 min
Timoth Conrad

Behind the doors of silence 25 min
Haisam Adbelhamed

Ben and Ara (USA) 84 min
Nnegest Likké

Box girls (Spain/Kenya) 20 min
Jaime Murciego

Dignity (Italy/Mozambique) 30 min
Monica Mazzitelli

Disrupt (South Africa) 52 min
Michael Dorfling

Echoes of unheard children (Nigeria) 25 min
Dominion Michael Bassey

Fatima (France/Algeria) 18:20 min
Nina Khada

Hush (Nigeria) 14 min
Alex Campbell

I Shot Bi Kidude (UK/Mozambique) 74 min
Andy Jones

Imagine (Nigeria) 90 min

Khayalami | My home (South Africa) 15 min
Dennis Khumalo

Kizingo (Kenya) 66 min
Simiyu Barasa

Lurna (Spain) 15 min
Nani Matos

Maman(s) | Mothers (France) 19 min
Maimouna Doucoure

Orishas Journey (USA) 20 min
Abdul Ndadi

Plus! (Zimbabwe/Canada) 26 min
Sandra Chuma

Queen Nanny (USA/Jamaica) 60 min
Roy T. Anderson

Remember Me (Nigeria) 127 min
Uru Eke

Rwanda, la vie après (Belgium) 70 min
Benoit Dervaux and Audre Versaille

Saida despite ashes (Tunisia) 52 min
Soumeya Bouallegui

Shakira (Tanzania) 15 min
Omary Clayton

Unspoken (Kenya) 15 min
Leah Gathoni

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana) 78 min
Yaba Badoe

The Cleansing (Kenya) 15 min
Owino Sang’iewa

The Echoes of Chole Cooley (Canada) 8 min
Andrea Conte

The Fastest Woman Cyclist in Africa (UK) 14 min
Faustin Niyigena 

The Ruler (Rwanda) 70 min

Unomalanga and the Witch (South Africa) 27 min
Palesa Shongwe

Wintry Spring (Egypt) 16 min
Mohamed Kamel

Yes No (Kenya) 15 min
Jennifer Ojezualdadi

18 October 2016

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas by Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas
by Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson
Lexington Books, 2016

Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas addresses if this is a good or bad promoter of critical consciousness, as many of the films depict the stifling of women. The authors examine nine Nollywood melodramas through Black feminist, cultivation, audience reception, and social identity theories. Readers will gain an understanding of how Nollywood is a product and contributor to evolving processes of globalization. Recommended for scholars of film studies, communication, African studies, and women studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Promises and Challenges of Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas: A Sociocultural and Theoretical Exploration
by Dr. Emmanuel C. Alozie

Introduction: Overview of Nollywood Melodramas

                                     Alternative Frames for Viewing and Thinking about Nollywood Films

                                    The Women of Nollywood: Suffering and Agency

                                 Differential Access to Nollywood Films

                                    Female Directors and Producers of Nollywood Films


                                   Appendix A: Themes of Suffering Seen in the Films

                                 Appendix B: Themes of Agency Concluded in the Films

                                  Appendix C: Film Festivals

                                  Appendix D: Female Filmmakers



                                   About the Authors

Related link on the African Women in Cinema Blog

The Color of Rage (2016), a film by Vigil Chimé - Nigeria

The Color of Rage (2016), a film by Vigil Chimé - Nigeria

The Color of Rage, written and directed by American-based filmmaker Vigil Chimé, was shot entirely in Abuja, Nigeria. Starring Chucks Chyke, Nita Byack George, Titi Joseph, Empress Njamah, and Paul Sambo.

The movie tells the story of a married couple, Maureen and Hilary, who are under pressure from various quarters. Maureen is being tormented by the young and beautiful Uche who will stop at nothing to have Maureen’s seemingly perfect life. Hilary is being blackmailed by Presley, a ruthless individual who seems to know everything about him, and the double life he is living. Blinded by arrogance and hubris, Uche and Presley fail to see the color in the hearts of those they are harassing changing from calm to red, which is also the color of rage and of something else … blood”.

Link from African Women in Cinema Blog

17 October 2016

Udada Cell Phone Short Film Competition 2016: Udada International Women’s Film Festival (Kenya)

Udada Cell Phone Short Film Competition 2016
Udada International Women’s Film Festival (Kenya)

Using your phone make a short film (comedy) of not more than 3 minutes based on the sub-theme “How women and girls bring humour and happy moments in our society”.

Send to WhatsApp number +254 735 260 881
by 2l October 2016 0900hrs

13 October 2016

The Durban FilmMart (DFM) 2017: Open for project submissions from 12 October- 12 December 2016


The Durban FilmMart (DFM) website is officially open for project submissions from 12 October - 12 December 2016.

DFM is looking for about 20 projects in development to bring through to Durban for next year's market at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Submissions are open to both feature length fiction and documentaries in development.

12 October 2016

Call for Entries 2017: Women's History Month Film Festival - Women in Media-Newark (USA)

Call for Entries 2017
Women's History Month Film Festival Women in Media-Newark (USA)


Women in the World,” the theme of our 2017 Women’s History Month Film Festival focuses on myriad occurrences experienced by women throughout the world. We are particularly interested in screening films that explore women’s issues surrounding  polygamy, human trafficking, women’s hair and early child marriage.


Each film or video must be accompanied by a completed entry form and applicable entry fees. Entries must be submitted on DVD (NTSC  Region 1). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please include a 3 line synopsis of your film.

Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff.

Mail entire submission package (2 copies of DVD; Copy of completed entry form, and business check or money order) to:

Women In Media – Newark
2016 Film Festival Submissions
PO Box 2183
Newark, NJ 07114

If you have difficulties printing the submission form, please click to download duplicate form here and include in submission package.

For concerns/questions…