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.


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16 October 2020

Reel Sisters 2020 : Love + Activism - Virtual Film Festival and Lecture Series

Reel Sisters 2020 : Love + Activism
Virtual Film Festival and Lecture Series
24-25 October through 17 November 2020

90+ outstanding films by women of color !
Twitter: @reelsisters


Reel Sisters is proud to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary film festival in 2020!

We are planning another season of insightful, compelling and provocative storytelling by women of color from across the globe!

Please take the time to join our filmmaking community by spreading the word about our kick off dates on Oct. 24-25, 2020! Sign up for our newsletter to get updates, news on film and arts and our season schedule of films!

Women in Focus (Online) : Africa in Motion 2020

Women in Focus (Online) : Africa in Motion 2020


Presenting the Africa in Motion 2020 "Women In Focus" strand! We continue to draw attention to the artistic expression of African and diaspora womxn image-makers. Expect a range of sincere portraits of female strength and resilience. 30 Oct-29 Nov ONLINE

07 October 2020

BOOK: Etats et cinema en Afriques francophones: Pourquoi un désert cinématographique ? (The State and cinema in francophone Africa: Why is there a cinema desert?)

Etats et cinema en Afriques francophones: Pourquoi un désert cinématographique ? (The State and cinema in francophone Africa: Why is there a cinema desert?) - French language book

Coordonné par | Coordinated by CLAUDE FOREST
University professor of cinema studies | Professeur des Universités en études cinématographiques
Paris: Editions Harmattan - Images plurielles
Date de publication: 22 septembre 2020

Editions Harmattan

In 2020, out of the twenty or so countries related to this study, more than half have at most one cinema theater in operation, and very few are able to regularly produce and distribute, not even one film per year. The production, distribution, exhibition of films, as well as technical industries, have existed only in a minority of these countries. In an attempt to understand this phenomenon, eighteen authors of fifteen different nationalities retrace its history and progress since 1960, laying out benchmarks on this little-addressed issue as it relates to the role of francophone African states vis-à-vis their national film industry. (Description translated from French)


En 2020, sur la vingtaine de pays concer- nés, plus de la moitié ne possèdent au plus qu’une seule salle de cinéma en activité, et rares sont ceux qui arrivent à produire et distribuer régulièrement ne serait-ce qu’un film par an. Production, distribution, exploitation des films, mais aussi industries techniques n’ont jamais existé que dans une minorité de ces pays. Pour tenter de comprendre le phénomène, dix-huit au- teurs de quinze nationalités différentes en retracent l’histoire et les cheminements depuis 1960, posant des jalons sur cette question peu traitée du rôle des États afri- cains francophones vis-à-vis de leur filière cinématographique nationale. 


Chapitre liminaire :
Quel(s) État(s) en Afriques francophones ?
Claude Forest

Chapitre I : D’Est au Sud, les États font leur cinéma
Gabrielle Chomentowski
Chapitre II : La Guinée
Odile Goerg
Chapitre III : La Tunisie
Noura Nefzi
Chapitre IV : L’Algérie
Nesrine Sadoun
Chapitre V : Le Bénin
Arcade Assogba
Chapitre VI : La République du Congo
Joseph Armando Soba

Chapitre VII : Le rôle de l’État français dans le cinéma en Afriques francophones
Claude Forest
Chapitre VIII : Le Maroc
Boubker Hihi
Chapitre IX : Le Burkina Faso
Evariste Dakouré
Chapitre X : Le Sénégal
Delphe Kifouani
Chapitre XI : La Côte d’Ivoire
Othniel Go
Chapitre XII : Le Cameroun
Calvin Boris Yadia

Chapitre XIII : Le Niger
Youssoufa Halidou Harouna et Candide Achille Ayayi Kouawo
Chapitre XIV : Le Tchad
Patrick Ndiltah
Chapitre XV : La Centrafrique
Raluca Calin
Chapitre XVI : Le Togo
Komi Ati
Chapitre XVII : La République démocratique du Congo
Daddy Dibinga Kalamba

Dates clef des États pour le cinéma
Les auteurs

06 October 2020

URUSARO International Women Film Festival (Rwanda) 5th Edition 2020 - Theme: Cinema, Tool for Development

URUSARO International Women Film Festival
5th Edition 2020
Theme: Cinema, Tool for Development

URUSARO International Women Film Festival is an annual celebration and cultural exhibition that promotes women in cinema for the benefit of the society and gender equality. It was created and is managed by CinéFEMMES RWANDA.

Dates: 4-11 October 2020

8 October - Management and Investment in cinema
09 October -  Local Film Market
10 October - Creativity in the Film Industry
11 October -  Cinema, Copyright and Development

28 September 2020

SHE LEADS AFRICA calling all female filmmakers: Applications close on October 5, 2020

calling all female filmmakers

Calling all female filmmakers! She Leads Africa is looking to showcase short films - of any genre (documentary, fictional, animated, etc.) - from Black female producers and directors as part of their upcoming digital festival set to take place on November 28, 2020. 

Films should be:
- Produced by a black female producer or director
- Below 15 mins
- In English or has English subtitles

Applications close on October 5. Apply here

22 September 2020

African Women Filmmakers Hub invitation to apply for the Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn THU Career Camp



African Women Filmmakers, here's a big opportunity to attend the THU Career Camp digitally, brought to you by the African Women Filmmakers Hub. THU is a Portuguese company looking to diversify all areas of digital entertainment creation.


Invites you to apply for


TROJAN HORSE WAS A UNICORN (THU) empowers creators from every area of the digital entertainment industry. This year the focus is on Africa with an exciting invitation to African women digital entertainment creators through the AFRICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS HUB (AWFH) to participate at the annual THU Career Camp.

To be eligible, you must be early in your career, or have come to a stagnant point in your career and be in red of a breakthrough opportunity. There is no age limit!

Dates for the THU Career Camp are November 11, 12, 13 2020

Opportunities at the Career Camp include:
- career guidance with professionals from international companies
- mentoring
- membership of the THU Tribe, including international companies, for one with further networking opportunities
- job opportunities

If you are involved in gaming, content (film & TV), animation, technical services, visual effects, or any other area of digital entertainment
Apply with your two page profile including the information:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Years of professional experience
4. Current occupation
5. Training
6. Work experience
7. Portfolio or links of you work (if you have one. You may apply without it if you do not)
8. One paragraph about your motivation to be part of the THU Career Camp.
9. Three areas you would like to be mentored in or receive guidance in.

Send a cover email with your profile as a .docx or .pdf attachment (if you have a portfolio, this should be sent in a separate .pdf file)


by: 1800CAT, Monday 28 October.

with: THU Career Camp and your name in the subject (e.g. THU Career Camp Zama Moyo)

Only successful candidates will be notified.

Report on the Launch of African Women Filmmakers Hub (Harare, Zimbabwe)

16 September 2020

Maïmouna Doucouré talks about her film Mignonnes | Cuties (2020)

Maïmouna Doucouré talks about her film Mignonnes | Cuties

Mignonnes (its English title Cuties) by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré, premiered at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, winning the Directing Award.

Eleven-year-old pre-teen Amy discovers in her new elementary school a group of dancers called: “Les Mignonnes”. Fascinated, she begins a sexy dance, the twerk, hoping to join their band and escape a family upheaval.

The U.S-generated controversy around the film moved the filmmaker to proactively counter the whirl of rightwing untruths and conspiracy-theories by people who have not seen the film, describing it as inciting child pornography and pedophilia. Already on the screens in France since August with no fanfare, it is set to be released in the United States by Netflix in September, against a campaign to remove the film from its streaming service.

The U.S.-made controversy was self-induced by Netflix itself, choosing to promote the U.S. release with a poster, very different from the French one, of the young protagonists scantily-clothed in sexually provocative poses.

One of her discussions of the film and why she made it appears in the Washington Post Opinions section. She introduces it by talking about what triggered her interest in the subject.

I was at a community event in Paris a few years ago when a group of young girls came on the stage dressed and dancing in a very risque way. They were only 11 years old, and their performance was shocking. Curious to understand what was happening on that platform, I spent the next year and a half interviewing more than a hundred 10- and 11-year-old girls across the city.

The result was my movie "Mignonnes," or "Cuties" in English. I wanted to make a film in the hope of starting a conversation about the sexualization of children.

Follow the link to the the entire text: 

ALSO SEE: Why I made cuties. Interview with Maïmouna Doucouré