Women in front of the screen, as cultural readers, scholars, critics and theorists of African women in cinema studies also have a vital function in the study and analysis of cultural production as it relates to women's role in creating, shaping and determining the course of their cinematic history, the intellectual and cultural capital that it produces, and the intangible cultural heritage to which it contributes.
Women in cinema as a study and research focus has an extremely broad range of discourse and practice. Women on, in front of, behind the screen--as storytellers, makers, producers, scriptwriters, actresses, role models, consciousness raisers, practitioners, technicians, organizers, fund-raisers, social media community managers, bloggers, agents of change, activists, advocates, audience builders, cultural producers, cultural readers, film critics, scholars, and researchers--all contribute to the idea of "African Women in Cinema" as a conceptual framework.
Also see Beti Ellerson, Teaching African Women in Cinema, Part Two on Project Muse: Beti Ellerson, Teaching African Women in Cinema, Part One, Black Camera, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Fall 2015), pp. 251-261
and related posts on the African Women in Cinema Blog:
Teaching African Women in Cinema, Art and Culture
BLACK CAMERA ARTICLES BY BETI ELLERSON:
Black Camera: African Women of the Screen as Cultural Producers: An Overview by Country by Beti Ellerson (Fall 2018)
Black Camera: On-screen Narratives, Off-screen Lives: African Women Inscribing the Self by Beti Ellerson (Spring 2018)
Black Camera, Spring 2017 - Beti Ellerson - Traveling Gazes: Glocal Imaginaries in the Transcontinental, Transnational, Exilic, Migration, and Diasporic Cinematic Experiences of African Women
African Women and the Documentary: Storytelling, Visualizing History, from the Personal to the Political
Teaching African Women in Cinema, Part Two by Beti Ellerson, Black Camera, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring 2016)