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24 February 2021

New York African Film Festival 2021: Amina Weira discusses "La Colère dans le vent | Anger in the Wind"

New York African Film Festival 2021: Amina Weira discusses "La Colère dans le vent | Anger in the Wind"
 
From her studio, Amina Weira discusses her trajectory into filmmaking, her experiences with making the film Anger in the Wind (2016), about the impact on the environment and the population of Arlit confronted with the exploitation of the uranium by the mining company Areva.
 
"When I went to visit the mines with my father…what I saw disturbed me…I discovered…the dangers associated with this activity, environmental and health-wise. In particular the exposure to radioactivity...I realized that the mine emits radioactivity which is harmful to our health…"
 
"It was to express anger through the wind, the anger of the population…but it is the extent of the danger that awaits the population…and the violence of the wind is the sandstorm which comes to invade the whole city…"
 
Image: Screen capture
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Opy-g8a5kk 

23 February 2021

30 Years Moving Forward: The Professionalization of African Women of the Moving Image

30 Years Moving Forward: The Professionalization of African Women of the Moving Image

2021 marks the 30-year anniversary of the historic meeting of African women film professionals held at the 12th edition of Fespaco in Ouagadougou. In 1991, as part of the festival programme, the gathering was organized under the title "Women, Cinema, Television and Video in Africa”.

The principle objectives were: to establish an environment to exchange views, to create a framework for free expression, to elaborate an action program, to fast-track women’s integration at all levels of the cinematic process, to present a woman’s perspective of the world, to have power over their own images, to mobilize funds and human resources.

During this historic meeting the participants formulated strategies for the professionalization of African women of the moving image and for effective leadership as directors, producers, organizers, actors, critics and other filmmaking professionals. Hence, setting in motion the groundwork for what would become the visual media network called L'Association des femmes africaines professionnelles du cinéma, de la télévision et de la vidéo/The Association of Professional African Women in Cinema, Television and Video.

The momentum of this moment forged an enduring movement, cultivating an African women’s cinema culture throughout these past three decades; towards the empowerment of women in all realms on the cinematic landscape. The concretization of many of these ideas provided the requisite tools for their implementation on local, regional, continental and international levels. The fruits of these efforts are particularly visible in the institutions that form the future generations of professionals of visual media. Moreover, the recent initiatives from Africa of the past several years demonstrate both the potentially important role of the Internet, social media and new technologies, and the genuine effort to galvanize this energy in order to globalize the experiences of African women of the moving image.

 Image: Poster of the 1991 Women's Meeting, from the African Women in Cinema Collection

18 February 2021

Aïssa Maïga: "Regard Noir" about representation of Black Women on the Screen | La representation des femmes noires à l'écran - March 16 on Canal+


Aïssa Maïga: "Regard Noir" about representation of Black Women on the Screen | La representation des femmes noires à l'écran - March 16 on Canal+

En français : bfmtv.com Aïssa Maïga sort un documentaire [https://www.bfmtv.com/people/cinema/aissa-maiga-sort-un-documentaire-sur-la-representation-des-femmes-noires-a-l-ecran_AN-202102180161.html]

Activist and actress Aïssa Maïga passes behind the camera with her first film "Regard Noir", co-directed with Isabelle Simeoni. The film journeys to Brazil, the USA and France tracing the representation of black women on the screen. Broadcast on Canal+, the film debuts on March 16.

Image: lemediaplus

Read also on the African Women in Cinema Blog

Influential Women – Aïssa Maïga, Actress: "Read. Think. Create." An interview by Pamela Pianezza
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2013/07/influential-women-aissa-maiga-actress.html

Être actrice noire en France: (dé)jouer les imaginaires par/by LUCIE ANDRÉ [To Be a Black Actress in France: (un)playing imaginaries]
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2020/02/etre-actrice-noire-en-france-dejouer.html

17 February 2021

Dolapo Adeleke's "Just in Time" on Netflix, March 2021

 
Dolapo Adeleke's Just in Time on Netflix

Just in Time, written, directed and co-produced by Nigerian filmmaker Dolapo "LowlaDee" Adeleke, premieres on Netflix in March 2021. The comedy drama, shot in Nairobi, features Kenyan actress, Sarah Hassan who is the producer.
 
Dolapo Adeleke directed the popular romantic comedy Plan B, broadcast on YouTube as a Valentine Movie Special in 2019, produced by Sarah Hassan.
 
In 2016 she directed her first mini-series This Is It, bringing together a Nigerian and Kenyan cast. With YouTube as its broadcast platform, it has garnered millions of views.
 
Dolapo Adeleke is the CEO/Founder of LowlaDee Originals Inc. and the Cofounder of Giraffe Productions, Nairobi.

Plan B on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Hii5thnhI]

This Is It on YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erxLaRHHPhY]

16 February 2021

The CNA, Cinéma Numérique Ambulant Afrique (Mobile Digital Cinema-Africa) : facing the challenges of/face à la COVID-19

 
The CNA, Cinéma Numérique Ambulant Afrique (Mobile Digital Cinema-Africa) : facing the challenges of/face à la COVID-19
 

From the CNA Newsletter August 2020 (translation from French): Le  Cinéma Numérique Ambulant Afrique (Mobile Digital Cinema-Africa) : facing the challenges of Covid-19.

Interviews with the CNA Afrique president Kadidia Sidibe, who is also president of CNA Mali and Stéphanie Dongmo, president of CNA Cameroon.

Interview with Kadidia Sidibe

The CNA is an international network of not-for-profit associations. The CNA Afrique, headquartered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is present in 10 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali,  Niger,  Senegal,  Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Central Africa and France). Committed to the rights of the artist (copyright laws) CNA Africa is dedicated to the distribution of (subtitled) African and European cinemas as it relates to Culture and Development.

Presentation of the structure and the different activities currently in progress.

Established in Mali in 2004 with a European Union-grant, the CNA Mali is a cultural association that presents films to populations, in both rural and urban areas (cities and villages, in public spaces or university campuses, etc.) regardless of the social status of the beneficiaries. Its motto is “CINEMA FOR ALL, CINEMA EVERYWHERE. "

What has been the impact of Covid-19 on your activities?

Our activities have been on pause since the start of Covid-19 in March. Gatherings of more that 50 people are prohibited, as a result our projects have been postponed or actually cancelled. We are obliged to limit our spending to essential expenditures only.  If these measures continue to be enforced based on the evolution of the situation, a technical layoff will have to be imposed on half of the staff, and they will be given notice in time to adjust to the situation.

What strategies employed currently as a result of the health crisis?

There is not much work at the moment. We made proposals to our various partners but due to the [Covid-related] measures adopted by the authorities, there has been no favorable response at the moment. We have tried to be innovative but the feedback from donors is rather hesitant, not to go as far as saying non-existent.

What are some of the proposals to remedy the situation and to work better in this context?

Among other things, we have submitted scenarios for the production of short films to raise awareness regarding Covid-19. There are ongoing discussions but we are still waiting for something concrete. As for future projections, they are slow to come. Nonetheless, we are continuing to discuss possible research for solutions so that common projects can be implemented but that too seems to have not garnered results.

Interview with Stéphanie Dongmo

Presentation of the structure and the different activities currently in progress.


Created in January 2012, the CNA Cameroon is headquartered in Yaoundé. It organizes an average of 150 screenings per year for audiences who do not generally have access to the arts and culture.
Since September 2019, the CNA has led the “Cine-debate for peace” project with the support of "Culture at Work" and the co-financing of the European Union in the regions most affected by the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, in particular the North-West, South-West, West, Littoral and Central. The first phase of this project consisted of the creation of "micro-sidewalks" in which the populations of the five regions of the project give their opinion on this crisis which has lasted for three years, and talk about how their lives continue to be affected. These "micro-sidewalks" were then broadcast in forty localities of the target regions, which triggered debates on cultural diversity, living together and peace.

The second phase entails the organization of three conferences on peace. The first in Yaoundé, the second in Douala and the third in Dschang. Professionals in the culture sector, community leaders, heads of organizations working in the field, religious leaders… will reflect on solutions to end the crisis and the construction of peace, beyond lines of division.

The second project we are working on is an awareness campaign on sexual and reproductive health in the Noun department, in western Cameroon, in partnership with the NGO Médecins du monde Suisse. This project was interrupted due to Covid-19, but we are working to relaunch it.

How has Covid-19 affected your activities?

Because of Covid 19 we were forced to stop all our activities. We can no longer meet deadlines, we are obliged to resort to amendments. For three long months, we could not work and our projection team came to a standstill. 
                 
What are strategies employed currently as a result of the health crisis?

We plan to organize screenings in movie theaters starting in August, with a maximum of 50 participants in order to adhere to the measures enforced by the Cameroonian government. We will respect social distancing by placing the spectators at least 1 meter apart, by requiring that masks be worn in order to participate in the activity and ensuring that everyone washes their hands when entering the space. We will also integrate Covid-19 awareness into our activities.

What are some of the proposals to remedy the situation and to work better in this context?

Digital technology and social networks have proven to be a powerful tool for communication and for maintaining social ties during this period. This should be taken into account in our future projects.

09 February 2021

New York African Film Festival 2021: "Min Alesh?" by Amleset Muchie

Amleset Muchie
Min Alesh?
Ethiopia
2019 - Fiction - 84mins

Set in Merkato, a sprawling, open-air market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Min Alesh? tells the inspiring story of 21-year-old Selam, whose perseverance transforms her life for the better. Having grown up amid poverty and hardships, Selam is determined to change her and her family’s circumstances through her passion for running. An international race offers her a chance to achieve her dream.

More information:
https://virtual.filmlinc.org/film/min-alesh/

Ethiopian filmmaker and actress Amleset Muchie joins film producer Selma Idris in a discussion about Amleset's film, "Min Alesh?"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVuNmmtgwYQ
 

08 February 2021

The passing of Moufida Tlatli - Décès de Moufida Tlatli (1947 - 2021)

 

The passing of Moufida Tlatli - Décès de Moufida Tlatli  (1947 - 2021)

La réalisatrice scénariste et monteuse Moufida Tlatli est décédée, le 7 février, à l’âge de 74 ans, a annoncé la presse tunisienne. Née en 1947, Moufida Tlatli a étudié le cinéma à Paris, avant de travailler à la télévision française comme scénariste et directrice de production.

De retour en Tunisien en 1972, elle reçoit d’abord une distinction de mérite pour l’ensemble des années passées comme monteuse, avant de connaître le succès avec le film « Commentira awwalane », et de s’intéresser ensuite à la réalisation et signer son premier long métrage « Les silences du palais » en 1994.

Filmmaker, scriptwriter, film editor Moufida Tlatli died the 7th of February at the age of 74, the Tunisian press announced. Born in 1947, Moufida Tlatli studied cinema in Paris before working at the French television as screenwriter and director of production. 

Upon on her return to Tunisia in 1972, she received a distinction of merit for the ensemble of her time as film editor, before attaining success with the film "Commentira awwalane" and later, she pursued her interest in directing, with her first feature film "Silences of the palace" in 1994.

Source: Image & Texte: El Watan