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.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, African Movie Academy Awards AMAA Founder, spoke during the 2015 AMAA gala night in August, which was broadcast on Africaone.
During the gala, she underscored the importance of looking outward to the Global African diaspora:
“Black people are everywhere…there is no need just to sell what you have here. When you go to the Bahamas, when you go to Barbados, when you go to Haiti you are going to see Nigerian movies.”
Emphasising the significance of Nigeria’s film cultural production in the age of the digital and social media, she announced that an agreement had been made between AMAA and Facebook:
"A commercial and cultural partnership leveraging AMAA’s platform covering Africa’s film and entertainment and Facebook’s global platform. This will give an unprecedented opportunity for brands to engage with millions of African movie fans as well as all of those entrusted in the entertainment industry…that needs to be sold to the world, leveraging the digital reach of the most persuasive social network…”
Marie Danielle Bougaïre-Zangreyanogho : Director of Radio-Television Burkinabè (RTB) at the presidency of CIRTEF (International Council of French-language Radio and Television) | Directrice générale de la Radio-Télévision Burkinabè à la présidence du CIRTEF (Conseil International des radios et televisions d’Expression Française)
Sefor, the annual training seminar that brings together the public francophone radios and televisions, was held this year in Mahé in the Seychelles. The main theme discussed was gender parity in the audiovisual industry. An outcome from the meeting was the appointment of Marie Danielle Bougaïre-Zangreyanogho, general director of Radio-Television Burkinabè (RTB), as president of CIRTEF. She succeeds François Guilbeau, director of the France 3 network.
Danielle Bougaïre, 53, a former journalist, taught at the University of Ouagadougou. Her doctoral thesis was entitled “L'approche communicative des campagnes de sensibilisation au Burkina : le cas de l'excision, de la planification familiale et du SIDA” (The communicative approach to public awareness campaigns in Burkina Faso: the example of excision, family planning and AIDS). Danielle Bougaïre was appointed head of the RTB in December 2014, following the Burkinabè revolution.
Le SEFOR, Séminaire de formation qui réunit chaque année l’ensemble des radios et télévisions publiques francophones avait lieu cette année à Mahé (Seychelles). Le principal thème abordé était l’équilibre hommes/femmes dans les entreprises audiovisuelles. A l’issue de cette réunion, l’assemblée générale du CIRTEF a nommé une femme à sa présidence : Mme Marie Danielle Bougaïre-Zangreyanogho, Directrice générale de la Radio-Télévision Burkinabè (RTB), qui succède à François Guilbeau, directeur du réseau France 3.
Danielle Bougaïre, 53 ans, ancienne journaliste, a enseigné à l’université de Ouagadougou. Elle a soutenu une thèse de doctorat sur « L'approche communicative des campagnes de sensibilisation au Burkina : le cas de l'excision, de la planification familiale et du SIDA ». Danielle Bougaïre a été nommée à la tête de la RTB en décembre 2014, à la suite de la révolution burkinabè.
Nigerian-American Yvonne Orji represents a growing number of first-generationals born of immigrant parents who want to tell their hybrid-identity story of being born and/or raised outside of Africa, often living in the West between two cultures.
Synopsis of First Gen (from firstgenshow.com):
First Gen is a sitcom pilot written by comedian/actress Yvonne Orji. The story is semi autobiographical and draws loosely from Yvonne's stand-up routines and real life experiences. At it's core, First Gen is a comedy about a Nigerian girl who trades medical school for a career in stand-up comedy and the adventures that ensue after her strict African mother discovers her plans. It's a super funny and refreshing take on the modern day immigrant family.
First Gen will resonate with a multitude of audiences, but especially, children of immigrant parents from a variety of backgrounds living in America, of which there are millions. The familiar themes of family, tradition and living up to parents' expectations are universal, and extend beyond race, gender or religion.
Adaobi Obiegbosi, founder and director of the African Student Film Festival talks to Beti Ellerson about the Women’s Discussion Forum.
Ada, what are the goals and objectives of the ASFF Women’s Discussion Forum?
I would like to first thank you for your interest in women in cinema.
The ASFF Women’s Discussion Forum, which began at the inaugural festival, has since been one of the festival's feature events.
The main aim of the Discussion Forum is for the emerging talents to have a voice, as well as a space where they may be heard. Within this space they can meet women professionals in cinema and have a one-on-one relationship with them as part of a larger network.
What was your reason for creating the Discussion Forum and what does it entail?
As a woman in the filmmaking arena I know that it is not always easy and will continue to be so for those who come after me. Hence, every year since its inception we invite women in film/media to participate in the discussion forum in order to share with the younger women their challenges, and theirs strategies to deal with them; and in this male-dominated field, the best ways to work with their male cohorts.
In addition, there is a productive exchange during the Q&A, as the panelists respond with insightful comments to the young girls’ probing questions.
What are some of the outcomes of the Discussion Forum?
The outcomes of the forum have been rewarding with successful results. Mentorships have been formed between the participants and professionals, and in some cases real practical experiences have been forged where the girls have gotten the opportunity to work with the filmmaking experts.
From Press Release:
The African Student Film Festival is a pan-African Student film festival. It is aimed at discovering, encouraging and rewarding emerging talents among young filmmakers. We create a platform where their films could be seen and their voices heard, they will at the same time exchange ideas and hopefully work together in the future. The festival also places emphasis on skills acquisition and project development for the growth of young and young aspiring filmmakers. It is a two-day event and comprises of intensive/hands-on training and workshops on various areas of filmmaking.
These series of films by African and African diaspora women represent NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs and Cinema Studies’ continuing exploration of new approaches to film, gender and society. The screenings present a rare opportunity to have rich discussions with women directors Nadia El Fani, Pascale Obolo, and Hind Meddeb as they offer insight on the ways in which they engage the medium. Their films cast a new look at religion, sexuality, education, and music in areas of the world as diverse as Egypt, Tunisia, and Tobago. Through the contemporary social issues they address, they reframe/reflect on history and offer possibilities of the future.