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.

20 October 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités - 20.10.2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
20 – 10 – 2017

News around the Internet
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu
Tope Oshin
Lupita Nyong’o
Kaouther Ben Hania
Rungano Nyoni
Femmes en audiovisual (CNA)
Arts Femmes Bamako
Aïssa Maïga

Tope Oshin
Tedx Mende Women 03 November 2017. Lagos, Nigeria. Tedxmendewomen.

Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein. 19 October 2017.

Kaouther Ben Hania
La Belle et la meute (Aala kaf ifrit), de Kaouther Ben Hania. Eloge de la détermination. Olivier Barlet. 11 octobre 2017.

Rungano Nyoni
Rungano Nyoni - Director. Rungano Nyoni about her feature debut, I Am Not a Witch, by Kaleem Aftab. 13 October 2017.

L'atelier de formation des femmes en audiovisuel
Le CNA a ouvert l'atelier de formation des femmes en audiovisuel à Yagoua, Cameroun. 8 octobre 2017. Afriquepremiere

Arts Femmes Bamako
Festival International « ARTS FEMMES 2018 – Appel à candidature. Facebook rdvcheznous 

Aïssa Maïga
Aïssa Maïga et Sébastien Onomo présidents du groupe francophone d'UniFrance. 05 oct 2017. UniFrance.


19 October 2017

Angela Aquereburu : Producing realistic, original, universal African stories | Produire des histories africaines authentiques, originales, universelles

Image: YouTube - Africa Salons
Angela Aquereburu : Producing realistic, original, universal African stories | Produire des histories africaines authentiques, originales, universelles 

English [Français ci-après]

Angela Aquereburu and her partner Jean-Luc Rabatel, who are based in Lomé, Togo, wear many hats: scriptwriting, directing, producing, distributing… They founded the audio-visual production company, Yobo Studios (originally Caring International) in 2009, which specialises in fiction with a focus on short-format mini-series. It was Angela’s father, an older-timer of Togolese television, who suggested to the couple to bring their content to the local scene, in order to give a much-needed change from the telenovelas and American sitcoms that inundated the Togolese channels. Moreover, she stresses the importance of audiovisual programming as a vital tool to transmit strong messages regarding health, ecology and democracy to the general public. 

As an objective of Yobo Studios is to provide original and exportable programmes and bring a different perspective regarding Africa, Angela and Jean-Luc have worked with DISCOP Africa, whose platform has become an integral part of Yobo Studios’ goals. As its website indicates, “DISCOP markets help entertainment content producers, sellers and buyers connect, build relationships, pitch projects and make deals in Africa and the Middle East.” In an interview with Africa Salons at the closing of DISCOP Abidjan 2016, Angela recalls that around ten years ago the audio-visual sector in African was hard hit and to have content visibility was difficult. She notes for instance, that because of the high cost of transportation, to meet people from South Africa, Cameroon and elsewhere was a bit difficult. Hence, with DISCOP there was an opportunity to bring together professionals—audio-visual producer, cable operator, television distributor—to network throughout Africa.

Yobo Studios’ early success, the fiction mini-series Zem, has led to others, notably, the recently produced Hospital IT, a medical dramedy produced in 2017. There are several projects on the horizon: a television programme devoted to women, a feature film with a woman protagonist, an English-language film, among others.

In addition to an interest in producing realistic stories about everyday African experiences to present to the African public, Angela wants also to distribute her films more broadly in order to make them visible on the international scene. She explains in ForbesAfrica: "To make content exportable, you need a universal story, good actors, beautiful images, good music and to respect international broadcast codes.”

English text is drawn from French-language sources below.

Français : Cet article s’est appuyé sur les sources suivants :

Interview Angela Aquereburu (Yobo Studios) lors du salon Discop - par Africa Salons


13 October 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités - 13.10.2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
13 – 10 – 2017

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

Content | Contenu :

Naky Sy Savané
Adélaïde Tata Ouattara
Theresa Traoré Dahlberg

Naky Sy Savané
Naky Sy Savané, la féministe du cinéma ivoirien. Cinelife.

Adélaïde Tata Ouattara
Adélaïde Tata Ouattara : « Accompagner les films en free lance ». Par Claude Forest. 25 septembre 2017. Africultures.

Theresa Traoré Dahlberg
Ouaga Girls, de Theresa Traoré Dahlberg, Figures de résilience. Par Olivier Barlet. 2 October 2017. Africultures.


12 October 2017

Aïcha Macky : Education shapes futures | L’éducation façonne l’avenir

Aïcha Macky  : Education shapes futures | L’éducation façonne l’avenir 

Published | Publié 29 September | septembre 2017 in/dans
Global Partnership for Education | Partenariat mondial pour l’éducation

Aïcha Macky, a sociologist and documentary film maker from Niger, can't imagine her life without an education.

Aïcha Macky, sociologue et documentariste nigérienne, ne peut imaginer sa vie sans l'éducation.

Read the text in its entirety : Education shapes futures – Aicha’s story

Lire l'article complet : L’éducation façonne l’avenir – l’histoire d’Aicha

11 October 2017

11 October | Octobre 2017 : International Day of the Girl Child | Journée internationale de la fille

The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Cette Journée vise à mettre en lumière les besoins des filles et à répondre aux défis auxquels elles font face. Cette Journée promeut également l'autonomisation des filles et l'exercice de leurs droits fondamentaux.

The girl-child as main protagonist in a selection of recent films by African women  

La petite fille comme protagoniste principale dans une sélection de films récents par les réalisatrices africaines

Source: African Women in Cinema Blog 

In the selection of films that follow, the girl-child plays the main protagonist. This representation of the girl character is an empowering practice as she deals with complex issues regarding her family and the world around her: Five-year-old Nadia lives in the slums of Casablanca where she is surrounded by a wall that separates her from the rest of the city; Elikia, is a five-year old with albinism, which is considered a stereotype by her neighbors; nine-year-old Zeinab opposes moving to Canada because she hates the snow; ten-year-old Mouna who copes with the death of her mother, almost never separates from her doll Ashia; ten-year-old Godelive attends a Catholic convent school in the Congo. However, the strict western education collides with her own memories of the traditions of her grandmother; eight-year-old Aida attempts to ease the suffering of her mother after her father brings a second wife into the household; after being accused of being a witch and placed in a "witches camp", 9-year-old Shula longs for freedom.

Dans une sélection de films récents ci-dessous, la petite fille joue le rôle principal. Cette représentation cinématographique nous montre une image forte et valorisante de la petite fille, lorsqu’elle confronte des questions complexes concernant sa famille et le monde qui l’entoure : Mouna, 10 ans, qui fait face à la mort de sa mère, ne se sépare presque jamais de sa poupée Aisha ; Elikia, 5 ans, est atteinte d’albinisme que son voisinage considère comme un stéréotype ; Nadia, 5 ans, vit dans les bidonvilles de Casablanca où elle est entourée d'un mur qui la sépare du reste de la ville ; Godelive, 10 ans, vit dans un pensionnat catholique en Congo y recevant une éducation occidentale. Mais le souvenir de sa grand-mère s’interpose ; Zeinab, qui a neuf ans, ne veux pas vivre au Canada parce qu’elle n’aime pas la neige; Aida, 8 ans, tente de soulager la souffrance de sa mère après que le père amène une seconde femme à la maison; Shula, qui a neuf ans, accusée de sorcellerie et mise dans un camp de sorcières, rêve de liberté.

10 October 2017

Call for Entries | Appel à films 2018 - Women's History Month Film Festival Women in Media-Newark (USA)

Call for Entries | Appel à films 2018 
Women's History Month Film Festival Women in Media-Newark (USA) 


“Passages: Women in Transition,” the theme of our 2018 Women’s History Month Film Festival focuses on transitions experienced by women throughout the world. We are especially interested in stories that explore women’s issues relating to migration/immigration, and myriad life changes faced by women.

« Passages : les femmes en transition », le thème du Festival du film « Mois de l'histoire de la femme » 2018 se concentre sur les transitions vécues par les femmes à travers le monde. Women in Media-Newark est particulièrement intéressé par les histoires qui explorent les problèmes concernant des femmes relatifs à la migration/l'immigration et la myriade de changements de la vie à laquelle les femmes sont confrontées.

Each film or video submission must be entered via our Online Call for Entries (see above) with a link to the film included in the entry form. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. The entry form must be completed in full, and payment must be made either via PayPal on this site. You may also enter online via FilmFreeway or Without A Box.

Chaque film ou vidéo doit être soumis via « l’appel à films en ligne » Online Call for Entries (voir ci-dessus) avec un lien vers le film inclus dans le formulaire d'inscription. Les films en langue étrangère doivent être doublé ou sous-titré en anglais. Le formulaire d'inscription doit être dûment rempli et le paiement doit être effectué via « PayPal » sur ce site. Vous pouvez également entrer en ligne via « FilmFreeway » ou « Without A Box »--soumission de film en ligne.

All submitted films must tie into our theme of “Passages: Women in Transition,” be about women, and should be directed or co-directed by a woman. Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff.

This year we will only accept digital submissions, and upon acceptance into the festival will require you to send to us two flashdrives with a copy of the film on each.

Tous les films soumis doivent être liés au thème de « Passages: les femmes en transition », doivent être au sujet de la femme, et devraient être réaliser ou coréaliser par une femme. Veuillez ne pas envoyer de dossiers de presse ou d'autres documents imprimés avant qu'ils ne soient demandés par le comité du festival.

Cette année, Women in Media-Newark n'accepte que les soumissions numériques. Si votre film est sélectionné, vous devrez nous fournir deux clés USB avec une copie du film sur chacun d'eux.

For concerns/questions | Pour tout renseignement supplémentaire:

08 October 2017

Call for entries for NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) Female Filmmaker Project 2017/18: Becoming (South Africa)

Call for entries
NFVF Female Filmmaker Project 2017/18: Becoming

CLOSING DATE: 14 October 2017


The concept for the Female Only Filmmaker Project is to provide ten females, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, with an opportunity to make a film in collaboration with other women. Successful writer-directors will be guided in the development and production of their stories into 24 minute scripts over a period of 8 months.

The filmmakers will be guided through the process by the team at Zinc Pictures, helmed by Tshego Molete who will, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation, select 10 filmmakers to go through the process with the aim of nurturing the successful filmmakers to creating a calling card that will help them in their efforts to break into the competitive film industry.


Scripts will be workshopped for camera in preparation for the production of the films over a dedicated development period, followed by practical workshopping with a director and key technical crews, with the aim of the films being completed by May 2018. During this process each director will be provided with the necessary tools to break down scripts for camera as well as detailed strategies for extracting the best performances from the actors.
The successful projects and teams will be provided with a professional production crew to shoot their film. A post-production supervisor will be appointed to assist them in the editing and final delivery of the film.


BECOMING is transformation, change, a break down and growth. It is becoming different from or perhaps more of yourself. It can speak of a moment that changes your life forever, or a slow movement towards more of the same. It speaks of endings and beginnings, revolutions and evolutions, losses and gains, and sometimes, all or one of these through life or death.

We are bringing together a series of short films that explore the notion of ‘BECOMING’. We are interested in stories that explore change, alienation and belonging, growth or degeneration, life and death, in whatever way you choose. These are stories that each reveal something about the contradictions, incompleteness, imperfection, beauty and constant promise of becoming in the lives of, or touched by women in past, present and future South Africa.

The NFVF in association with Zinc Pictures has chosen this as the theme for the films to be produced. The films will be packaged and screened for television audiences, as well as entered into international film festivals.

Applicants are asked to submit scripts pertaining to the theme. At a time in history when change seems to happen in quick and unpredictable ways, when the experiences of women are characterized by tumultuous and sometimes terrific transformations, how do we take charge of our own becoming? How do we balance becoming with belonging? And how do we answer questions of identity when we exist at the intersection of so many forces?


In order for a filmmaker to be considered for this opportunity, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Have worked in the industry for at least two years.

2. Be a historically disadvantaged Individual as defined in the constitution of South Africa.

3. Be able to set aside the requisite time over a period of 8 months to complete the programme.

NB: This program is aimed at female filmmakers only and only fictional narratives will be accepted.


Eligible candidates for the project must:

- Have a strong written concept for a 24-minute stand alone film with a clearly thought out premise or controlling idea that would allow it to be packaged with other projects under the theme of “Becoming”.

- Preference will be given to marginalized indigenous language proposals.

- Demonstrate familiarity with the tools of scriptwriting including taking feedback.

- Be willing to meet the demands of the film industry and be present at every training and workshop.

- Demonstrate a willingness and ability to work as a part of a team in the pursuit of the same objective.

- Understand the value of and is able to work under pressure and tight schedules.

- Have a portfolio of work to show their capability eg. a showreel or, in the case of writers – a script, that demonstrates their creative abilities. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to work as writer/director on their project.

NB: Writers will be expected to pitch at production stage to assess capability to direct their films. If a writer is not able to show directorial ability, a director may be assigned to their script.


All applications should be able to provide the following documentation in for consideration:

1. Narrative treatment and/or script for 24-minute film including character bible, detailed synopsis, major turning point document.

2. Cover letter containing the following:
a. Who you are and why you are passionate abut filmmaking
b. Provide 3 images, one taken by yourself, and provide a short reflection on the imagery (no more than 100 words).
CV and certified copy of ID document (no older than 3 months).

1. Showreel/portfolio of work

2. Valid Tax Clearance Certificate

All entries to be sent to

Please make sure that all required documents are attached as any missing documents will lead to automatic disqualification.