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26 January 2022

Recent Films. Vigil Chime: The Touched One

Recent Films. Vigil Chime: The Touched One

 
"...I wanted to tell a story about forgiveness. That a grave wrong could be done to someone and have her recover to forgive the very people that had wronged her. That is power
ful."---Vigil Chime
 
Vigil Chime
USA (Nigeria)
The Touched One
2022 - Feature - Horror/Supernatural
 
Synopsis
The Touched One follows Chinaza, a woman anointed by a sacred ram to do good deeds, as she goes in search of a gang of men who did her wrong in order to correct them of their evil ways. One morning, Chinaza and two others board a local bus. Four men posing as passengers promptly abduct and take them deep into the woods for blood sacrifice. Chinaza is resigned to her fate when a mysterious ram appears and sets her free. Grateful to be alive, she pets it. Safe at home, she discovers that the hand with which she pet the ram corrects anyone she touches of their sinful ways. She is thus convinced this is the reason she is the sole survivor of the tragedy. Thereafter, she determines to find the kidnappers to guide them onto a righteous path. The families of the two other victims who did not make it that day have other ideas to exact their own brand of street justice on the men.

About Vigil Chime
Vigil Chime is a Nigerian-American screenwriter, director and novelist. She was the recipient of the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship in 2017.
 

21 January 2022

African women's cinematic journeying: searching, rediscovering, becoming...rebirth

African women's cinematic journeying
…searching, becoming...rebirth by Beti Ellerson

African women of the screen navigate frontiers, negotiate relocations, displacements, re-emplacements, redefine home. Whether in African or extra-African environments, they inscribe these imaginaries in their films. Some relate fantastical possibilities, others autobiographical journeying, both of which problematize evolving identities on the timeline of their life stories. Hence, traveling, sojourning and relocating across myriad environments involve re-fashioning or ultimately expanding the identities of African women's cinemas.

These cinematic journeys, imaginary or real, follow itinerate paths, pauses and reshifts, stops and recovery. Hence, an exploration of African women's exilic peregrinations or peripatetic voyaging on re-imagined, (re)discovered, (re)discovered lives, landscapes.

Notes to continue…

A selection of articles on the African Women in Cinema Blog about African women's cinematic journeying (with ongoing updating):

Christiane Kouraogo: The Retour
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2022/01/christiane-kouraogo-le-retour-une-fable.html

Baya Medhaffar: Festina | Lente
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/11/baya-medhaffar-festina-lente.html

Souad Douibi: M9kawda
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/11/souad-douibi-m9kawda.html

Rim Temimi: Manco Moro
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/11/rim-temimi-manco-moro.html

Samantha Biffot: Mami Wata Series
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/10/samantha-biffot-mami-wata-serie-2021.html

Nina Khada: Je me suis mordue la langue
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/10/nina-khada-je-me-suis-mordue-la-langue.html

Matamba Kombila: Mundele n: blanche, étrangère
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2020/07/matamba-kombila-mundele-n-blanche.html

Nana Hadiza Akawala: Bibata est partie (Bibata is gone)
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2019/02/fespaco-2019-bibata-est-partie-bibata.html
 
Ng'endo Mukii's Kitwana's Journey, animation film
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2019/01/kitwanas-journey-animation-film-by.html

Laurentine Bayala: Au fantôme du père (To the Ghost of the Father)
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/06/mis-me-binga-2018-laurentine-bayala-au.html

Beti Ellerson: On-Screen Narratives, Off-Screen Lives
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/05/black-camera-on-screen-narratives-off.html

Beti Ellerson: Traveling Gazes
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2017/05/black-camera-spring-2017-beti-ellerson.html

Astrid Ariane Atodji: Suffering is a school of wisdom
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2015/03/laff-2015-astrid-ariane-atodji-la.html

Eliaichi Kimaro: Tracing her Tanzanian Roots
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2012/08/eliaichi-kimaro-tracing-her-tanzanian.html

Claude Haffner: Footprints of my other
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2012/03/claude-haffner-black-here-white-there.html

Theresa Traore Dahlberg: Taxi Sister
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2011/06/theresa-traore-dahlberg-and-taxi-sister.html

Iman Kamel: Beit Shaar | Nomad's Home
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2011/02/iman-kamel-beit-shaar-nomads-home.html

Sarah Bouyain: Notre etrangere | The Place in-between
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2011/02/sarah-bouyain-notre-etrangerethe-place.html

Gendered Representations of Africans in the French Hexagon
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2009/05/gendered-representations-of-africans.html

20 January 2022

Nikyatu Jusu's Nanny at Sundance Film Festival 2022

Nikyatu Jusu's Nanny at Sundance Film Festival 2022


2022 - 97min - Horror/Thriller

Sierra Leoneon-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu's Nanny, screens in the official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Synopsis
Aisha, an immigrant Nanny, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.

Mariama Diallo's "Master" at Sundance Film Festival 2022

Mariama Diallo's Master at Sundance Film Festival 2022


2022 - 91mins - Horror, Fiction
 
Senegalese-American director Mariama Diallo's film Master, screens in the official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Synopsis
Three women strive to find their place at an elite New England university. As the insidious specter of racism haunts the campus in an increasingly supernatural fashion, each fights to survive in this space of privilege.

Her filmography includes: Hair Wolf (2018), Random Acts of Flyness (2018)
Sketch (2016)

19 January 2022

Berlinale 2022: Akuol de Mabior: No Simple Way Home

Akuol de Mabior's No Simple Way Home premieres at the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (10 - 20 February 2022)
 
Akuol de Mabior
No Simple Way Home
Documentary - South Sudan | Kenya - 2022

Synopsis
As South Sudan hangs in the balance of a peace agreement, a mother and her two daughters return from exile. While the mother becomes central to a new government, her daughters struggle to come to terms with what it means to call South Sudan home. 

…an intergenerational conversation between my mother and me. In the opening scene, she [sits], alone, on the edge of her bed in a nightgown. Since my father passed away in 2005, she has been sharing her dreams and nightmares with me — her hopes and fears for our family, our people and our country. It’s always in the early hours of the morning when her heart is heaviest. This part of the film uncovers her greatest fear, which is that my father along with millions of South Sudanese people died in vain, and her deepest yearning, which is for her children to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives at home in South Sudan. (Source: https://goodpitch.org/project/nyandeng/)

18 January 2022

Recent films. Patricia Kwende: L'enfant de l'autre (n'est pas ton esclave) | The child of another (is not your slave)

 
Recent films. Patricia Kwende: L'enfant de l'autre (n'est pas ton esclave) | The child of another (is not your slave)

During my childhood my grandmother told me lots of stories. I enjoyed reading, I read lots of tales, which gave me the feeling of traveling, going places. These images related in these stories nourished my interested in the visual image. These stories coincided with the visual, and later, my desire to make films 
--Patricia Kwende (Afritubes.com 17 January 2022)
 
 
Patricia Kwende
Cameroon
L'enfant de l'autre (n'est pas ton esclave) | The child of another (is not your slave)
2021 - 13min - Fiction

Synopsis
Elodie, who goes to Europe to study, lives with her uncle. However, his wife treats Elodie like a slave.
Elodie vient faire des études en Europe. Elle s’installe chez son oncle et la femme de ce dernier la réduit en esclavage.

Bio
Patricia Kwende, scriptwriter and filmmaker, has won several awards at prestigious festivals and her films have been selected at several prominent festivals, notably Cannes. She manages Delphy Production, focusing on quality short films that highlight current issues and important societal themes--at the same time adding a touch of difference.

Patricia Kwende, scénariste et réalisatrice, a été primée plusieurs fois dans des festivals prestigieux et ses films ont été sélectionnés dans des festivals de renommés tels que le festival de Cannes. Elle dirige la société Delphy Production qui propose des courts métrages de qualité, visant des sujets actuels et des faits marquants de la société, tout en y ajoutant une pincée de différence.
(delphy-production.com)

11 January 2022

Découvrez le cycle Tigritudes, panorama du cinéma panafricain | Discover the Tigritudes cycle, a panorama of pan-African cinema (2022-12.1-27.2) au Forum des images - Paris

Discover the Tigritudes cycle, a panorama of pan-African cinema (12.1-27.2) at the Forum des images - Paris
 
From 12 January to 27 February, via 125 films and 40 countries the program browses through the history of pan-African cinema since 1956! Conceived by directors Dyana Gaye and Valérie Osouf, in collaboration with the Forum des Images, "Tigritudes" is nurtured by encounters between artists and intellectuals and highlights the richness of forms and the issues linked to the cinematographies of Africa, too often overlooked.
 
Découvrez le cycle Tigritudes, panorama du cinéma panafricain (12.1-27.2) au Forum des images - Paris

Du 12 janvier au 27 février, ce programme parcourt l'histoire du cinéma panafricain depuis 1956 à travers 125 films et 40 pays ! Conçu par les réalisatrices Dyana Gaye et Valérie Osouf, en collaboration avec le Forum des images, "Tigritudes" se nourrit de rencontres entre artistes et intellectuel·les et met en lumière la richesse des formes et les enjeux liés aux cinématographies d'Afrique, trop souvent méconnues.

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