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14 September 2015

Animation: Highlighting African women during the Directed by Women worldwide film viewing party | Réalisés par des Femmes, la fête internationale de visionnement de films 2015

Yellow Fever
African Women in Cinema Blog highlights African women via films online during the Directed by Women worldwide film viewing party - 1-15 September 2015.

Le blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinema mettre en avant les réalisatrices africaines pendant le Réalisés par des femmes  - 01-15 septembre 2015.

Ng'endo Mukii: Yellow Fever
Cilia Sawadogo: Christopher change de nom
Ebele Okoye: The Legacy of Rubies
Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie: Aya de Youpougon

Filmmaker’s note of intention:

I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.

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Christopher hates his name and change it toTiger. Then he finds another one even better ... When he has trouble cashing the check that his aunt gives him for his birthday, he finally understands that his real name is special!

Christopher déteste son nom et en change pour celui de Tiger. Puis, il en trouve un autre encore meilleur... Lorsqu'il a de la difficulté à encaisser le chèque que sa tante lui a donné pour son anniversaire, il comprend enfin combien son véritable nom est spécial!

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Mfalme, a young forest boy is kidnapped and brought to a strange palace in a place called Airegin, with the claim that he is the blood son of the dying King Obankosi and the chosen successor to the throne.

Not just that, he is given a mandatory assignment which he has to fulfil before he can either accept or reject their offer. So, accompanied by the little palace boy with whom he struck up a friendship, he is forced on a journey he least reckoned with.



Aya of Yopou City recounts the life of Aya, a beautiful 19-year-old Ivorian who lives in Yopougon, a working-class neighbourhood of Abidjan in the 1970s.

A serious young woman who has ambitions to become a doctor, she is in total contrast to her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou who to her dismay, do extremely well in the categories : Hairstyles, Fashion and Husband hunting. The two girls, go dancing in the "bush", venture out to the dance halls, taking life easily, until the day that Adjoua, who is not married, finds out that she is pregnant.

In a serene atmosphere with warm colours seasoned with popular songs, the film attempts to describe the lives of an urban and modern neighbourhood where no matter the circumstances, everyone stays optimistic by relying on the solidarity among neighbours.


Fin des années 1970, en Côte d'Ivoire à Yopougon, quartier populaire d'Abidjan. C'est là que vit Aya, 19 ans, une jeune fille sérieuse qui préfère rester étudier à la maison plutôt que de sortir avec ses copines.

Aya partage ses journées entre l'école, la famille et ses deux meilleures amies : Adjoua et Bintou, qui ne pensent qu'à aller "gazer" en douce à la nuit tombée dans les maquis. Les choses se gâtent lorsque qu'Adjoua se retrouve enceinte par mégarde. Que faire ?

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