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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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18 October 2013

The New Negress Film Society

The New Negress Film Society is a core collective of black woman filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for exhibition, support, and consciousness-raising. Formed by Frances Bodomo, Ja'Tovia Gary, Wendy James and Nevline Nnaji.


The New Negress Film Society catalyzed in response to our first film screening in Brooklyn entitled, I Am A Negress of Noteworthy Talent, which featured short films from our group of emerging black female artists. The wild success of the first screening showed us that despite our lack of support in the wider industry, there is a community eager to hear our voices. We then went on to form the NNFS.

The scope of our art, political thought, and process is diverse in nature. We recognize the importance of our collective strength as marginalized artists in the film industry. Core members of the NNFS hold creative space to workshop ongoing film projects, fundraise, and gain visibility for our own work. 

We regularly exhibit quality works by both emerging and established black female filmmakers around the world through our website and screening events. It is our priority to provide opportunities to highlight quality works by black female artists. Additionally, we organize theme-based film screenings for new audiences. 

The NNFS was originally formed out of a need to create community in an industry where black female voices and stories are often suppressed. We therefore aim to raise awareness and understanding of our challenges within the film world. This ranges from interesting behind-the-scenes media, to reflective vlogs, to artist spotlights showcasing their recent successes. We also regularly interview black women who work in the filmmaking community to highlight their unique stories.

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