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17 January 2020

African Women in Cinema Blog - Updates | Actualités 17.01.2020 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
17.01.2020

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu

Chinonye Chukwu
Tsitsi Dangarembga
Claire Diao
Khadidia Djigo
Maimouna Doucouré
Rahmatou Keïta
Marème N'Diaye
Pascale Obolo
Akosua Adoma Owusu


Chinonye Chukwu
Chinonye Chukwu to helm first two episodes of Lupita Nyong'o HBO Max Series "Americanah"
Source: Deadline.com by Patrick Hipes. 15 January 2020.

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tsitsi Dangarembga: 'Reading Toni Morrison's Beloved Changed my life'
Source: Guardian.com 10 January 2020.

Khadidia Djigo
Les Émissions CANAL+ Afrique
Claire Diao - TV s'est rendue au CanalOlympia Téranga de Dakar pour rencontrer sa directrice Khadidia Djigo
Source: Les Emissions CANAL+ Afrique Facebook Videos. 06 January 2020.

Maimouna Doucouré
Netflix Buys World Rights to Maimouna Doucouré’s Sundance-Player ‘Cuties’ - (Mignonnes)
Source: Variety.com by Martin Dale. 14 January 2020.

Rahmatou Keïta
Tête à tête avec Rahmatou Keïta
Source: Cameroon-tribune.com by Maimounatou. 07 janvier 2020.

Marème N'Diaye
Les Émissions CANAL+ Afrique
Claire Diao - TV a rencontré l'actrice sénégalaise Marème N'Diaye actuellement en tournage sur l'île de Gorée, à Dakar
Source: Les Emissions CANAL+ Afrique Facebook Videos. 15 January 2020.

Pascale Obolo
Rencontre avec Pascale Obolo, cinéaste et fondatrice de la revue d’art Afrikadaa
« On ne peut plus continuer à parler de nous, sans nous ! »
Source: 9lives-magazine.com. 14 janvier 2020

VIDEO
Akosua Adoma Owusu
White Afro Trailer by Akosua Adoma Owusu
Synopsis
A barber school haircut training video on how to give a white person an "Afro" hair-do.
The final film in Owusu’s hair trilogy, White Afro (2019), employs an archival instructional video produced by the educational department of the Barbers, Beauticians, and Allied Industries Association on how to offer curly perms or body waving services to their white clientele, ostensibly for financial gain. The training video is intermingled with Owusu’s mother’s experience working as a hairstylist at a predominantly white hair salon called Fantastic Sam's in Alexandria, Virginia. Offering a rare perspective on the Afro hairstyle—as an unmistakable marker of Black collective power that becomes a desirable, and appropriated, aesthetic during liberation movements—the film also expands on the abilities of non-Black beauticians and barbers to wield their shops as spaces for political change. -- CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts


14 January 2020

Women in African Cinema: Beyond the Body Politic by Lizelle Bisschoff, Stefanie Van de Peer

Women in African Cinema: Beyond the Body Politic
by Lizelle Bisschoff, Stefanie Van de Peer
Routledge 2019

Description
Women in African Cinema: Beyond the Body Politic showcases the very prolific but often marginalised presence of women in African cinema, both on the screen and behind the camera.

This book provides the first in-depth and sustained examination of women in African cinema. Films by women from different geographical regions are discussed in case studies that are framed by feminist theoretical and historical themes, and seen through an anti-colonial, philosophical, political and socio-cultural cinematic lens. A historical and theoretical introduction provides the context for thematic chapters exploring topics ranging from female identities, female friendships, women in revolutionary cinema, motherhood and daughterhood, women’s bodies, sexuality, and spirituality. Each chapter serves up a theoretical-historical discussion of the chosen theme, followed by two in-depth case studies that provide contextual and transnational readings of the films as well as outlining production, distribution and exhibition contexts. This book contributes to the feminist anti-racist revision of the canon by placing African women filmmakers squarely at the centre of African film culture.

Demonstrating the depth and diversity of the feminine or female aesthetic in African cinema, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of African cinema, media studies and African studies.

Contents
1. Women in African Cinema: Histories and Theories
2. The Multiplicity of Female Identities: Embracing Plurality
3. Female Friendships in Film: Affinities, Affiliations and Activism
4. Women in Revolution and Revolutionary Cinema
5. Daughters and Their Mothers: Between Conflict and Acceptance
6. African Women's Bodies: Journeys into Womanhood
7. (Re)defining Female Sexuality through Film
8. Spiritual Pathways to Emancipation

Lizelle Bisschoff is a researcher and curator of African film and founder of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival, an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland. She is currently Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow.


Stefanie Van de Peer is researcher and programmer of African and Arab cinema. Her award-winning collection Animation in the Middle East came out in 2017. She programmes for film festivals worldwide and works for Africa in Motion. She is Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and Lecturer in Film and Media at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

07 January 2020

Black Camera: African Women on the Film Festival Landscape: Organizing, Showcasing, Promoting, Networking by Beti Ellerson with Falila Gbadamassi (Fall 2019)

African Women on the Film Festival Landscape: Organizing, Showcasing, Promoting, Networking
by Beti Ellerson with Falila Gbadamassi

Black Camera: An International Film Journal
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Fall 2019), pp. 424-456

An important function of the film festival is its capacity to showcase on a local, continental, and international level the works of African women, and to serve as a networking space to professionalize their experiences as stakeholders on the global film festival landscape. As these entities proliferate on the continent and internationally, African women are leading the way, often at the helm of these institutions. The objective of many local film festivals is to facilitate an interconnected triadic relationship between the film, filmmaker, and audience—especially with the organization of press conferences and panel discussions. Hence cultivating a critical audience via ciné-clubs and after-screening debates has been a long-standing practice of these local film initiatives. Drawing from this background and historical context, the article and associated timeline outline women's film festival practices in Africa as a vehicle for promoting leadership and showcasing women as role models; the cultural leadership functions that African women have taken on at the helm of film festivals on the continent and the diaspora; the diverse film festivals in Africa and their initiatives toward the empowerment and advancement of women in cinema; the showcasing of African women at African film festivals around the world; and the flagship international film festivals and their interest in including African women in the global cinematic conversation. As there is an abundance of African and women-related film events, because of their obvious relevance they are described in the timeline that follows the discussion, while a few select festivals receive more detailed focus because of their historical importance, longevity, and significance to this study on African women and film festival practices.

Key words: African film festival network, Women’s film festival circuit, film festival studies

Subheadings:
-African women's film festival practices 
-Timeline of African women on the film festival landscape
-Mati Diop at Cannes 2019: Interview and critique of Atlantique by Falila Gbadamassi
-Mati Diop’s "Atlantique" – In the foam of the "Atlantic" critique by Falila Gbadamassi