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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02 December 2021

Recent films. Akuol de Mabior: On the White Nile

Akuol de Mabior
On the White Nile
South Sudan
13min - Documentary - 2021

Source: Al

Al Jazeera English launches Africa Direct, a distinctive series of compelling and immersive short documentaries produced and directed by all-African filmmaking talent.

On the White Nile, by filmmaker Akuol de Mabior, transports us into the world of Rebecca Lith Chol, a spirited South Sudanese fisherwoman and boat captain .

From the stern of her long wooden boat, Rebecca steers her crew down the White Nile, running her small fishing business.

She is a formidable, courageous woman - in charge of her boat, her business and her destiny.

Hers is a precarious living, but despite a life of hardship, her philosophical outlook and strong heart drive her forward.

Director/producer Akuol de Mabior is a South Sudanese filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has directed short films that have been screened at festivals around the world and is currently working on her first feature documentary, Nyandeng, which received the Whickers Film and TV Funding Award (2020) and the IDFA Bertha Classic Fund (2020).

30 November 2021

Women’s Film Festivals Around the World: Out NOW!

Women’s Film Festivals Around the World:
Out NOW!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Nov 22, 2020

At online bookstores now!(More platforms to be added)!

Essential handbook for women-identified filmmakers, in all their diversity, who want to find and connnect with their audiences. And for everyone who loves those filmmakers and wants to watch their movies, in real life or virtually.

Comprehensive, global list of women’s film festivals: Africa, Asia, Canada & the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Oceania and specialist all-year streaming sites. Links to each festival and its social media, and notes its associated activities like educational programmes, conversations with filmmakers and its publications. Describes each festival’s Covid status. Also lists databases that support and promote women and non-binary filmmakers. Contextualised in Introductions to each section and in Afterword.
If you love the diverse female gaze, women’s art and imaginations, community and women’s lived experience, this is for you.

By Marian Evans with Barbara Ann O’Leary, Beti Ellerson and Luísa Pécora.
ISBN: 9780473581619


22 November 2021

7 jours pour 1 film: African women's empowerment and development in the film industry

 7 jours pour 1 film: African women's empowerment and development in the film industry

7 JOURS POUR 1 FILM (l'Atelier cinéma au féminin en Afrique) 7 days for a film, is a woman-focused film workshop in Africa, with a focus in Francophone regions:

"7 jours pour 1 film" is an itinerant program whose objective is to discover, train and promote women who have an interest in being more active in the film industry, particularly in Africa. The program's vision is to support the creation of quality work and to train the award winners in the film production process through writing, preparation, creation and broadcast. The program's ambition, which at the same time is organized as a competition, is a training course and a film production tool, thus providing the laureates with multidisciplinary skills in the film industry.

Olga Tiyon, production and communication coordinator of "7 jours pour 1 film", emphasizes the importance of framing gender broadly in all aspects of the filmmaking process:

"I represent the project, '7 jours pour 1 film' a cinema workshop, a free and itinerant operation in Africa to discover and promote the cinematographic and audiovisual talents of tomorrow. In Africa there is a creative energy that needs to be exposed. However, in the call for scripts, men were much more likely than women to apply, hence parity is much more difficult. Out of the 100 scripts, there were 10 by women and 90 by men. As a result, by putting more emphasis on gender, it is easier for these women to enter areas in which they do not have easy access." (Source: Porter haut et fort la voix des femmes dans les cinémas d'Afrique | (Women's voices heard loud and clear in the cinemas of Africa:

The African Women in Cinema Blog announces the call for project and the resulting winners, see a selection below:

2021 Laureates - 7 jours pour 1 film (7 days for a film) - Madagascar - 13 lauréates sélectionnées

Appel à scénarios Madagascar 2021 : 7 jours pour 1 film (7 days for 1 film) l'atelier cinéma au féminin en Afrique
Laureates finalistes 7 jours pour 1 film (7 days for a film) Fespaco 2019

2020 Laureates: 7 jours pour 1 film (7 days for a film) Festival Films Femmes Afrique, Dakar, Senegal

21 November 2021

UNESCO: Women's place in the African cinematographic landscape | La place des femmes dans le paysage cinématographique africain

Women's place in the African cinematographic landscape |
La place des femmes dans le paysage cinématographique africain

Les cinémas d’Afrique
Jeudi 25 novembre 2021
de 10 heures à 13 heures

Avec la participation, entre autres, de Naomi Kawase, Fatou Senghor et Nadia El Fani, réalisatrices, Nadira Shakur, co-fondatrice de Nollywood Week Film Festival, Valma Pfaff, directrice artistique et en charge de la 43e édition du Festival international du film de Durban, Henda Haoual, enseignante de cinéma, représentante des Journées cinématographiques de Carthage…


Conference: Promoting Diversity and Gender Equality in African Cinema
Conférence: Promouvoir la diversité et l’égalité du genre dans les cinémas d’Afrique

From 24 to 26 November 2021, UNESCO's Africa Group is organizing the second half of Africa Week 2021 in a hybrid format. The week will include an opening ceremony, the launch of a publication on African arts at UNESCO, a virtual exhibition of African cultural elements and literary works.

In this context, with funding from the Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO, the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Unit of UNESCO's Culture Sector is partnering with the Africa Group to organise a conference on African cinema with two round tables, with a special focus on gender equality.

The film industry can strategically address the issue of gender equality in different ways. For example, films can address how women are represented in front of and behind the camera, and film festivals can proactively promote films directed or produced by women.
Link to event:

Du 24 au 26 novembre 2021, le Groupe Afrique de l'UNESCO organise la seconde moitié de la semaine africaine 2021 dans un format hybride. La semaine comportera une cérémonie d'ouverture, le lancement d'une publication sur les arts africains à l'UNESCO, une exposition virtuelle d'éléments culturels et d'œuvres littéraires africaines.

Dans ce contexte, avec le financement de la Délégation permanente du Japon auprès de l'UNESCO, l'Entité de la diversité des expressions culturelles du Secteur de la Culture de l'UNESCO s'associe au Groupe Afrique pour organiser une conférence sur le cinéma africain comportant deux tables rondes, avec un accent particulier sur l'égalité du genre.

L'industrie cinématographique peut aborder stratégiquement la question de l'égalité du genre de différentes manières. Par exemple, les films peuvent aborder la manière dont les femmes sont représentées devant et derrière la caméra et les festivals de cinéma peuvent promouvoir de manière proactive des films réalisés ou produits par des femmes

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20 November 2021

"La Femme Anjola" by Mildred Okwo - North American Premiere

SUN, NOV 21 AT 6:00PM

"La Femme Anjola" by Mildred Okwo
North American Premiere

Join MCC Theater and AFF for the North American premiere of Mildred Okwo's La Femme Anjola, starring Rita Dominic and Nonso Bassey! La Femme Anjola (The Woman Anjola) is a neo-noir crime thriller about a young Lagos investment banker, Dejare Johnson (Nonso Bassey), whose life is turned upside down when he falls for a beautiful singer Anjola Kalu (Rita Dominic) married to wealthy gangster Odera Kalu (Chris Iheuwa).

A virtual Q&A with the director and cast, moderated by culture journalist, Antoinette Isama, precedes the screening!

17 November 2021

Recent Films. Joan Kabugu: Throttle Queens

Image: KBC English Service

Joan Kabugu
Throttle Queens
Kenya - Documentary - 2021
In Throttle Queens by Kenyan Joan Kabugu we meet a women's motorcycle club and see how their love for riding brings them joy, freedom, adventure and a sense of control over their lives.

« Throttle Queens » (Kenya) de Joan Kabugu nous fait rencontrer un club de motocyclisme féminin et voir comment leur amour de l’équitation leur apporte joie de vivre, liberté, aventure et un sentiment de contrôle sur leur vie.


Entirely based within Africa, Al Jazeera partnered with Big World Cinema. The team includes executive producer Steven Markovitz (South Africa), series producers Angele Diabang (Senegal) and Brian Tilly (South Africa).

«Al Jazeera s’est associé à Big World Cinema pour ce projet : il est entièrement basé en Afrique. L’équipe comprend le producteur exécutif Steven Markovitz (SA), les producteurs de séries Angèle Diabang (Sénégal) et Brian Tilly (SA).


Joan Kabugu is the founder of Ecila Films a production house that creates Authentic African content that focuses on women, teens and indigenous communities in Kenya and East Africa and aims to transform societies.

Joan Kabugu est le fondatrice d'Ecila Films, une maison de production qui crée un contenu africain authentique qui se concentre sur les femmes, les adolescents, les communautés autochtones et les entrepreneurs au Kenya et en Afrique de l'Est. En tant qu'écrivain et cinéaste, est qui vise à transformer les sociétés africaines.
Image: KBC English Service

08 November 2021

tv5monde - afrique - Françoise Ellong: Enterrés | Buried

tv5monde - afrique - Françoise Ellong: Enterrés | Buried
Disponible jusqu'au 2 mai 2023

Françoise Ellong
Enterrés | Buried
2020 - 88 mins - Cameroon/Cameroun


Childhood friends who were raised in the same orphanage meet for the first time in many years and start “a game” that unexpectedly brings out old demons.

Des amis d'enfance qui ont grandit dans le même orphelinat se réunissent pour la première fois depuis plusieurs années et s'adonnent à un "jeu" qui va, sans qu'ils ne s'y attendent, faire ressurgir d'anciens démons.

Bio : Françoise Ellong

Françoise Ellong is a screenwriter and film director on Benino-Cameroonian cinema born in Douala in 1988. In 2014, her first feature film W.A.K.A  received the Special Jury Prize (Khouribga 2013, Morocco) and the Dikalo Award of encouragement for a 1st feature film at the 2013 Pan-African Festival in Cannes.

Françoise Ellong est une scénariste et réalisatrice de cinéma Bénino-camerounaise, née à Douala en 1988. En 2014, son premier long métrage W.A.K.A a reçu le Prix Spécial du Jury (Khouribga 2013, Maroc) et le Dikalo Award d'encouragement pour une 1re œuvre de long-métrage au Festival Panafricain de Cannes 2013.

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