Christelle Aquéréburu, Directrice de l’ECRAN - Ecole de cinéma au Togo | Director of ECRAN film school in Togo
Source & Photo: focusinfos.net. Translation from French by Beti Ellerson
During Women’s History Month in March several activities highlighting women took place on March 8, International Women's Day. For this occasion, the journal Focus Infos put the spotlight on six exceptional women who excel in their respective fields. One of the women featured, Christelle Aquéréburu, is Director of the film school Ecran.
“While there are some who stay in their beds to continue to dream, there are those who wake up to fulfil those dreams"
Married with three children, Christelle Aquéréburu is without doubt the torchbearer of the audio-visual sector and Togolese cinema. Veteran of a multinational maritime, she abandoned this prominent post to pursue a passion that had already preoccupied her since she was a child: cinema.
Convinced that self-employment remains one of the solutions to the growing problem of unemployment, she devoted her time to creating a school for training those interested in the field of cinema and audio-visual, a budding but promising sector, which offers enormous opportunities to ambitious, talented young people.
Her school aims to train in "...audio-visual professions that at present, continue to offer to people of all ages, a real chance to succeed in a context where the labour market is becoming increasingly competitive and demanding..."
Since its inception in 2009, the school has trained more than a hundred students, all currently working in the field"...My former students have become my best partners with whom I do co-productions; this is simply fantastic and it is one of the wonders of the world of cinema!"
To date, Christelle Aquéréburu school has made more than twenty films and documentaries, including Sara, directed by the young Togolese Essi Névamé Akpandza, which was nominated in the School Films Category at FESPACO 2013. This was a first for Togolese cinema, which had never had this honour before!
Christelle is also director of the audio-visual production company African Dreams, which has produced the internationally-celebrated reality show Comme une Star | Like a Star.
She draws a lot from the everyday life around her to help her students to develop and write scripts, because she believes that "the imagination is a magical act."
When asked how she explains her success, she replied with a gracious smile: "... “While there are some who stay in their beds to continue to dream, there are those who wake up to fulfil those dreams". I...did not know that it was impossible, that is why I made it.
10 young women of several nationalities who dream of a career in cinema and show business come together in a villa for 6 weeks during a contest. The jury is the reality television audience who vote by SMS.
See Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Comme-une-star-Saison-2/105726529461720
Considéré comme mois de la femme, mars voit l’organisation de plusieurs activités en faveur de la gente féminine dont le clou se déroule le 8 mars décrété comme journée internationale de la femme. A cette occasion, votre journal Focus Infos a décidé de faire sortir de l’ombre six femmes d’exception qui quotidiennement se battent dans leurs domaines respectifs. Allons à la découverte de ces femmes…
Christelle AQUÉRÉBURU : Directrice de l’Ecole de cinéma ECRAN
« Il y a ceux qui rêvent et se prélassent dans leur lit pour continuer leur rêve et il y a ceux qui se réveillent pour le réaliser »
Mariée et mère de trois enfants, Christelle Aquéréburu est incontestablement le porte-flambeau du secteur de l’audiovisuel et du cinéma togolais. Cette ancienne cadre d’une multinationale maritime, a abandonné le prestige des bureaux feutrés pour se consacrer à une passion qui la hantait déjà toute petite : le cinéma. À LIRE DANS SON INTÉGRALITÉ @ focusinfos.net
Comme une star!
10 filles issues de plusieurs nationalités qui rêvent de faire carrière dans le cinéma et le show biz sont réunies dans une villa pendant 6 semaines pour une compétition. Le jury c'est les téléspectateurs qui votent par SMS!
Voir Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Comme-une-star-Saison-2/105726529461720
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