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28 April 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 28-04-2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
28 - 04 – 2017

Content | Contenu :

Raja Amari
Mama Colonel (film)
Apolline Traoré
Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Rayhana Obermeyer



Raja Amari
Corps étranger, de Raja Amari. Le trouble de l'intrusion, critique par Olivier Barlet, publié 12/04/2017. Africultures.com.

Mama Colonel
Mama Colonel, directed by Dieudo Hamadi. Honour in a Time of Trauma. Analysis by by Adefoyeke Ajao. Published 18/04/2017. Africine.org.

Apolline Traoré
Fatoumata Sagnane, Frontières, d'Apolline Traoré L'intégration africaine, fiction ou réalité ? publié le 26/04/2017. Africine.org.

Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Trailer | Ouaga Girls | Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Visual du Réel Festival. https://www.visionsdureel.ch/ 


Rayhana Obermeyer
Rayhana : l’art d’une femme contre l’intégrisme. Nedjma Van Egmond. 06 avril 2017. Leparisien.fr





27 April 2017

IWMF Reporting Grants for Women's Stories 2017 Round 1

International Women's Media Foundation Reporting Grants for Women's Stories 2017 Round 1

Ends on 16 May 2017


The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society, is a funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. In an era of increased globalization, the need for varied coverage of gendered topics is critical to a free and representative press. These grants will be a catalyst for reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.

These grants provide opportunities for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics.


26 April 2017

International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) and the Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust (ZIFFT) announce a joint festival in 2017

International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) and the Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust (ZIFFT) announce a joint festival in 2017


The two prominent organisations in the Zimbabwe film industry, International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the flagship event of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ); and the Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust (ZIFFT) are pleased to announce a JOINT FESTIVAL this year. IIFF will present its 16th edition of the festival in collaboration with the 19th edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFFT).

The Festival will be held from 26 August to 2 September 2017.



Tibeb Girls, an animation project by Bruktawit Tigabu (Ethiopia)

Tibeb Girls, an animation project
by Bruktawit Tigabu
Ethiopia

Bruktawit Tigabu, an elementary teacher in Ethiopia who wants to improve literacy, especially for young girls, is founder and director of Whiz Kids. She is developing the “Tibeb Girls Series”, an animation project about three young super heroines.

Source:

The Tibeb program will help provide a social behavioral change communication package & health care services for adolescents, helping them to learn about the changes that happen at their age and to explore their world in a healthy way.

The program is comprised of the Tibeb Girls series, the Tibeb school clubs and making health services available for adolescents and women.

Tibeb Girls’ series will be a 2d Animation Series about three African adolescent super heroines taking the audience on a fun, imaginative and educational journey as they thrive to understand the changes that are happening to them and the struggles girls face everyday. To enhance the reach of this program to the most remote and rural areas it will be adapted to radio and comic books.

Tibeb school clubs will have engaging and interactive guides to provide information about the different reproductive health issues adolescents face.

25 April 2017

Mothers, daughters and sisters: Women of the African Cinema at the FCAT 14th edition - Festival de Cine Africano Tarifa–Tánger

Mothers, daughters and sisters: Women of the African Cinema
at the FCAT 14th edition
Festival de Cine Africano Tarifa–Tánger 2017

Read entire article in English:

Festival International des Images Comiques (FESTICO) : L’impact de la femme dans la comédie | Women's Impact on the Comedy Genre - 2017 (Cameroun)

FESTICO (Cameroun)
Festival International des Images Comiques – 2017

L’impact de la femme dans la comédie | Women's Impact on the Comedy Genre


5th FESTICO from 3-6 May 2017 with the theme: “Women's Impact on the Comedy Genre"

5ème FESTICO du 3-6 Mai 2017 avec pour thème: « L’impact de la femme dans la comédie »


Hélène Ebah : cinéaste et enseignante | filmmaker and lecturer

Marie Nadège Tsogo Momo : doctorante et enseignante de l’histoire du cinema | doctoral student and lecturer in cinema history

Lamenu Tedjou : moderateur | moderator



21 April 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog Updates | Actualités 21-04-2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
21 - 04 – 2017

Content | Contenu :

Fatima Sissani
Amandine Gay
Fatoumata Diawara
Dada Stella
Maïmouna N’Diaye
Leyla Bouzid, Marguerite Abouet



Fatima Sissani
La projection du film Tes cheveux démêlés cachent une guerre de sept ans aura lieu mercredi 26 avril à 20h45 dans le cadre du du Festival du Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb et Moyen-Orient 
au Cinéma l'Ecran à St Denis, Place du Caquet, 93200 St Denis  (France) Métro : St-Denis Basilique (ligne 13) Renseignements : 01 49 33 66 88



Amandine Gay donne la parole aux femmes noires. 18.04.2017. Léo Pajon. JeuneAfrique.com 

Fatoumata Diawara: Mörbayassa - Le serment de Koumba . Les élans du cœur d'une femme de Guinée. Michel Amarger. 14.04.2017. Africine.org 

Dada Stella Kitoga parle du cinéma congolais et défend la cause des femmes. YouTube. 14 Avril 2017.


Maïmouna N’Diaye, la polyvalence incarnée
Conversation avec la femme de théâtre et de cinéma à l’honneur aux Vues d’Afrique. 14 04.2017. Ledevoir.com

Aides au développement CNC (France), pour Leyla Bouzid et Marguerite Abouet. 14.04.2017. Imagesfrancophones.org 




19 April 2017

REMINDER - Call for Submissions: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival 2017 (USA)

Call for Submissions:
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series 2017

Save the date: 21-22 October 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2017 (Entry Fee: $25)
Late Deadline: 21 June 2017 (Entry Fee: $30)

www.reelsisters.org

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is a two-day annual film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University's Media Arts Dept., Brooklyn Campus. Established in 1997, Reel Sisters is dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color filmmakers to advance their careers in the film industry. Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based film festival to showcase films directed, produced and written by women of color. Reel Sisters will celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2017.

Submit films with: 

18 April 2017

Sisters Working in Film and Television - SWIFT (South Africa)

Sisters Working in Film and Television
SWIFT
(South Africa)

Source: Sarafinamagazine.com. Published 18-04-2017

SPOTLIGHT ON SWIFT

Jacqui-Lee Katz, Flavia Motsisi and Zoe Chiriseri are three core board members of SWIFT. SWIFT stands for Sisters Working in Film and Television. They are a South African based NPO for women in film & TV. Sarafina Magazine sat down with Jacqui-Lee, who heads up their Social Media and Marketing committee, Flavia, who works in the Skills and Mentorship subcommittee and Zoe, who works within the organisational structure, to learn more about this brand new and vital organisation. Read the entire article in Sarafina Magazine: https://sarafinamagazine.com/2017/04/18/spotlight-on-swift/
 
Zanele Mthembu is currently the chairwoman.
 
ALSO SEE: The 2018 report by the National Film and Video Foundation in Partnership with SWIFT: "Gender Matters in the South African Film Industry"
http://www.dac.gov.za/sites/default/files/NFVF%20SWIFT%20Gender%20Matters%20in%20the%20SAFI%20Report.pdf

Photo of SWIFT members: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenMakingFilmsSA/ 

14 April 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog Updates | Actualités 14-04-2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
14 - 04 – 2017

Content | Contenu :
African Film and Media
-Three Women Making Films in Zimbabwe
-Nollywood and Women
Stephanie Dongmo
Rwandan Women in Film
A Conversation with Tala Hadid
Afrique Plurielle - Alimata Salambéré - TV5Monde
Afrique Plurielle - Dada Stella Kitoga - TV5Monde 
Afrique Plurielle – Monique Mbeka Phoba - TV5Monde
In My Father’s Village by Tapiwa Kapuya 



Wolf 2017 Symposium | African Film and Media, University of Pennsylvania, April 2017: 
- Tsitsi Ella Jaji. Media, Development, and Trust: Three Women Making Films in Zimbabwe
- Chijioke Azuawusiefe. Nollywood and Women: Toward a (Re)Construction of Gender.  

Stephanie Dongmo
« Il y a beaucoup d’enfants avec plusieurs actes et plusieurs pères » Entretien réalisé par Claudel Tchinda. Hanoscultures.com

Tala Hadid
Arab Cinema Through a Narrow Frame: A Conversation with Tala Hadid.
Kamran Rastegar. March 2017 

Rwandan Women in Film | aKoma 12 March 2017
If the way we are being brought up as a girl affect our understanding of the world, how does this impact the work of female filmmakers? What stories do they tell?
Interviews with Dusabejambo Clémentine, Kantarama Gahigiri and Jacqueline Kalimunda video by Amplify fellow Cynthia Butare


RECENT FILM TRAILERS AND CLIPS

Alimata Salambéré
Personnalité incontournable du monde de la culture, la burkinabé Alimata Salambéré débute en tant que journaliste-reporter avant de gravir les échelons et devenir chef des programmes de la RTB. L'un des membres fondateurs du Fespaco, elle s'est beaucoup investie pour faire rayonner l'événement à l'international.
Réalisation : Katy NDiaye (Belgique, 2016)

Dada Stella Kitoga
Émission composée d'un documentaire montrant les différentes facettes de l'Afrique et d'une production propre du CIRTEF, « Franc parler », qui donne la parole à des personnalités issues de différents milieux (littéraires, artistiques, scientifiques, sportifs... 

Monique Mbeka Phoba
Afrique Plurielle – Monique Mbeka Phoba - TV5Monde 
Émission composée d'un documentaire montrant les différentes facettes de l'Afrique et d'une production propre du CIRTEF, « Franc parler », qui donne la parole à des personnalités issues de différents milieux (littéraires, artistiques, scientifiques, sportifs...

Tapiwa Kapuya
In My Father’s Village by Tapiwa Kapuya and Tawanda Gunda, produced by Tsitsi Dangarembga. YouTube, posted 5 April 2017.
Ruvheneko, 19, rides on a bus and opens a picture book, gazing at old pictures of her father. She goes back to his village to claim her inheritance, but things have changed.
- Zimbabwe became independent in 1980. A fierce liberation war had brought the long awaited freedom, but the scars of this war are still felt until today. And the spoils of the war were only going to be shared with a few…

Read a profile of Tapiwa Kapuya at the ICAPA Trust.



13 April 2017

CINEFFABLE (Paris) 2017: Submissions are now open | Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes !

CINEFFABLE (Paris) 2017: Submissions are now open | Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes !  



Women filmmakers, you have until Monday 15 May to send your films!

Réalisatrices, vous avez jusqu’au lundi 15 mai pour envoyer vos films !

The 29th edition of the Festival will take place in Paris from November 2nd to November 5th, 2017.

La 29e édition du festival se déroulera à Paris du 02 au 05 novembre 2017.
Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes ! 

Submissions are now open! 

Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes!


[ENGLISH] FRANÇAIS CI-APRÈS

Shorts, full-lengths, fictions, documentaries, animations, experimental films: all your works on lesbian and/or feminist themes are welcome!

You will find the application rules and online entry form here.

For more information about the Festival, programs from previous editions, events, etc...

Check out the Cineffable website and Facebook page.

Ladies, grab your cameras! 

The association Cineffable has been organizing the "Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival", a major annual event since 1989. The purpose of this unique moment is to promote the work of women filmmakers and artists the world over on lesbian and/or feminist themes.

This space reserved exclusively for women offers the opportunity to share experiences, enrich understanding and explore the various aspects of lesbian and feminist culture through screenings, debates, conferences, expos, workshops, stands, performances, etc. 

The annual all-female festival takes place every end of October-beginning of November and is the main event organized by the association Cineffable. Throughout the year, Cineffable also organizes various screenings and events open to all, in partnership with other associations, festivals and venues. 

To submit a film 
No submission fee. Click on one of the links below:


If you have any questions or difficulties submitting your film, or to send us your PDF submission, please contact the Cineffable team: contact@cineffable.fr

[FRANÇAIS]

Court-métrages, long-métrages, fictions, documentaires, animations, film expérimentaux : toutes vos œuvres traitant des thèmes lesbiens et/ou féministes sont les bienvenues !

Vous trouverez le règlement et le formulaire d'inscription en ligne ici.

Pour plus d'informations sur le festival, les programmes des années passées, les événements, etc… Consultez le Cineffable site internet.

A vos caméras, mesdames ! 

L'association Cineffable organise le "Festival International du film Lesbien et Féministe de Paris", un rendez-vous annuel incontournable depuis 1989. Un temps fort pour promouvoir le travail des femmes du monde entier sur des thèmes lesbiens et/ou féministes. Un espace culturel réservé aux femmes, riche en événements : projections, débats, conférences, expositions, ateliers, stands, performances, ...

Ce moment unique permet de se rencontrer, d'échanger, de se développer et d'explorer tous les aspects de la culture lesbienne et féministe. 

Le Festival annuel non-mixte qui se déroule tous les ans fin octobre / début novembre est l'événement principal organisé par l'association Cineffable. Tout au long de l'année, en province comme à Paris, Cineffable propose également des projections ouvertes à toutes et à tous en partenariat avec d'autres associations, festivals ou lieux. 

Pour soumettre un film 
L'inscription est gratuite. Merci de cliquer sur un des liens suivants :


Pour toute question, pour envoyer le formulaire en format .pdf ou en cas de difficulté avec une inscription, contactez l'équipe de Cineffable : contact@cineffable.fr

24th New York African Film Festival 3-9 May 2017



FEATURE FILMS (FICTION | DOCUMENTARY)

Vaya (2016) Akin Omotoso, South Africa

Ewir Amora Kelabi (2016) Sewmehon Yismaw, Ethiopia



Jojolo (1966) Lebert Bethune, Jamaica/USA



Green White Green (2016) Abba Makama, Nigeria 

Kalushi (2016) Mandla Dube, South Africa

Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta (2016) Ousmane William Mbaye, Senegal

Mapantsula (1988) Oliver Schmitz, South Africa, 

Noem My Skollie | Call Me Thief (2016) Daryne Joshua, South Africa


Uprize! (2016) Sifiso Khanyile, South Africa

Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom (1967) Lebert Bethune, Jamaica/USA

Zizou (2016) Férid Boughedir, Tunisia/ France


SHORTS PROGRAMS

Shorts Program 1: Quartier Lointains: Justice

80 (2012) Muhannad Lamin, Libya

The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 (2014) Omar El Zohairy, Egypt

Kanye Kanye (2013) Miklas Manneke, South Africa

Madama Esther (2013) Luck Razanajaona, Madagascar



Shorts Program 2: Shorts from Senegal

Marabout (2016) Alassane Sy, Senegal 


Dem! Dem! (2016) Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia, Christophe Rolin, Senegal, 


Samedi Cinema (2017) Mamadou Dia, USA


Shorts Program 3: New York Shorts




Rest in Power (2014) Malik Carmichael, S. Ajay Ram, USA




11 April 2017

Women at the | las mujeres en el | les femmes au : Festival de Cine Africano Tarifa–Tánger (FCAT 2017)

Women at the | las mujeres en el | les femmes au : Festival de Cine Africano Tarifa–Tánger (FCAT 2017)

Jihan el Tahri
Ikbal Zalila
Faouzi Bensaïdi



Kaouther Ben Hania - Tunia | France
Zeinab doesn’t like the snow (2016)

Alamork Davidian - Ethiopia | Israel
Facing the Wall (2016)

Tala Hadid - Morocco 
Tigmi and Igren (2017)

Aïcha Macky - Niger 
L’arbre sans fruit (2016)

Dania Reymond – Algeria | France
Le jardin d’essai (2016)

Khadidiatou Sow - Senegal 
Une place dans L’avion (2016)



Raja Amari – Tunisia | France 
Jassab Gharid (2016)

Isabelle Boni-Claverie - France
Trop noire pour être française? (2015)

Hinde Boujemaa - Tunisia
Ya man aach (2012)

Akosua Adoma Owusu – USA | Ghana
Reluctantly Queer (2016)





Blog África es cine: Packs temáticos de mujeres del FCAT

Blog África es cine:
Packs temáticos de
mujeres del FCAT

Dunia: la emancipación femenina en Egipto frente a los corsés tradicionalistas. Autora: Marisa Molina. 9 Marzo, 2017. http://www.africaescine.com/dunia-la-emancipacion-femenina-en-egipto-frente-a-los-corses-tradicionalistas/

10 directoras pioneras del cine africano. 8 Marzo, 2017. http://www.africaescine.com/10-directoras-pioneras-del-cine-africano/

Mujeres africanas… delante y detrás de la cámara. Autor: Adrián Ciuciuman Romero 2 Febrero, 2017. 

“La revolución no será televisada”, tampoco en Senegal
Entrevista con Rama Thiaw por Marc Girardot – Berlin – 11 de febrero de 2016. 23 Mayo, 2016.

Leyla Bouzid: “Reconciliarnos con el pasado nos permitirá continuar”
Olivier Barlet, Africultures. 15 Abril, 2016.

Entrevista a Sarah Blecher, directora de ‘Surfing Soweto’
Basem Al Bacha y Marion Berger. 27 septiembre 2012.

Con Angèle Diabang, en la 60º Berlinale
Marion Berger. 23 Marzo, 2010.

Floriane Kaneza, director of the Mashariki African Film Festival (Rwanda), talks with Moses Opobo about its 3rd edition

Floriane Kaneza, director of the Mashariki African Film Festival (Rwanda), talks with Moses Opobo about its 3rd edition 

“Floriane Kaneza on the just concluded Mashariki African Film Festival”
by Moses Opobo 

The New Times
Rwanda
Published: 07 April 2017


Burundian filmmaker and director Floriane Kaneza, based in Rwanda since 2015, is the director of the Rwandan Mashariki African Film Festival. She began her career as a actress for the theatre, cinema and television--in TV series for the Burundi National Radio and TV. She trained in film production and directing at Itulive Media and Communications in 2012 and  and 2013, along with other partners, created Itulive Actors' Agency where she served as director.

06 April 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog Updates | Actualités 07 april | avril 2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
07 - 04 – 2017

Content | Contenu :

Stéphanie Dongmo
Nadja Harek
Oshosheni Hiveluah 
Fatou Kandé Senghor
Laureates: Mashariki Film Festival Awards 2017 (Rwanda):
Laureates: Zambia Film and Television Awards (ZAFTAs) 2017



Stéphanie Dongmo:
« Les films africains posent les problèmes de la société, à des degrés et critiques divers. » Hanoscultures.com

Nadja Harek:
Ma famille entre deux terres. En présence de la réalisatrice Nadja Harek. Programmation: Avril 2017. PDF

Filmmaker Oshosheni Hiveluah evokes origin in virtual reality:
04-04-2017. The Namibian

Parcours au féminin: Fatou Kandé Senghor:
Théodora Sy Sambou | 01/04/2017. Sud Quotidien

Mashariki Film Festival Awards 2017 (Rwanda):

- Ari Michelle Mboya – The Camel's Back (2016) Best East African Short Fiction Film 
- Mitchelle Jangara - Water to Dust (2016), Best Short Documentary 
- Maimouna Doucoure – Maman (2016), Best African Short Film

Zambia Film and Television Awards (ZAFTAs) 2017

Imagination (2017) by Jessie Chisi:
- Jessie Chisi, the Godfrey Kapotwe Mwape Award for Best Short Film (Imagination)
- Elijah Marko Tembo Jr, the Chris Mongri Zulu Award for the Best Sound for the film Imagination.
- INZY/Talent Factory, the Antonio Katakwe Award for the Best Picture for the film Imagination.

Fever (2016) by Becky Ngoma 
Becky Ngoma, the Maximo Chanda Mwale Award for the Best Television Series, a production of Global Studios.

Mutinta Chicco Mazoka Mmembe
The Augustine Lungu Award for the Best Television Show for Talk It Over with Chicco, produced by Oracle Media.

Cassie Kabwita
The Agnes Esnart Kabanana Mulimbika Award for the Best Actress for her role in Kwacha, which she directed.



04 April 2017

Rwandan Women in Cinema, Visual Media and Screen Culture

RWANDAN WOMEN IN CINEMA,
VISUAL MEDIA AND SCREEN CULTURE

African filmmakers aim to appropriate the images, techniques and the media in which they work, in the sense of a subjective representation of the social realities that surround them.

Digital technology facilitates this appropriation process in the creation of a self-image, in the sense that the general media adaptability that it engenders reinforces the expression of new subjectivities and contributes to the archiving of daily life.

This is Viviane Azarian’s assertion regarding the work of Rwandan filmmaker Jacqueline Kalimunda’s transmedia project Single Rwandan/Celib Rwandais.

Judging from the handful of Rwandan women in cinema who are becoming increasingly visible, using new technologies provides the means to reflect the realities of their societies. For example, Rwandan-German Amelia Umuhire’s Polyglot webseries examines the double-cultured identities of young afrodescendants in Berlin. Similarly, Claudine Ndimbira Shenge launched the “She&He” web series Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the She&He documentary web series focusing on LGBT in Rwanda. And another example of this ever-expanding phenomenon, using raw iPhone footage, U.S.-based Franco-Rwandan Anisia Uzeyman, creates a love story of a couple journeying across the United States.

The URUSARO International Women Film Festival was launched in 2015. The website presents the history of the festival as follows:

CinéFEMMES RWANDA is a non-profit organisation which promotes independent filmmaking by focusing on Rwandan female filmmakers through training, advocacy, networking and supporting their productions.

In November 2012, a group of Rwandan women filmmakers discussed their profession and realised that many Rwandan females have plenty of interesting film project ideas, but these were kept in cupboards because of limited self-confidence, lack of experience and opportunities and means to venture in the filmmaking industry. they finally decided to put their individual resources together by creating CinéFEMMES RWANDA to promote talents and interests of Rwandan females in filmmaking.


Following is a growing list of Rwanda women in cinema, visual media and screen culture, who work in Rwanda and its diaspora:

Amelia Umuhire, Anisia Uzeyman, Chantal Bagilishya (among the ancestors), Jacqueline Kalimunda, Marie Clementine Dusabejambo, Kantarama Gahigiri, Mugisha Pamella, Ndimbira Shenge

Below is an annotated list with links of relevant documentation regarding Rwandan women in cinema, visual media and screen culture.

Updated 24 September 2020

ARTICLES ON RWANDAN WOMEN IN CINEMA FROM THE AFRICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA BLOG:

FESPACO 2019: Icyasha (Etiquette) by/de Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo (Rwanda)
A 12-year-old boy tries desperately hard to join a local boys' football team. His effeminacy disqualifies him. The boys often taunt him and bully him. He finds himself in a world where he must prove and claim his masculinity. The story shows the simultaneous pain and beauty of childhood.


Claudine Ndimbira : Support her film project “Living like a shadow” about the LGBTQ community in Rwanda. Claudine Ndimbira had this to say about the film project: With this project “Living like a shadow” I want to give the voice to LGBTQ community members in Rwanda to tell their stories, what they have been through, what they wish their lives could be but also to the society so that they say what is the reason why they think being gay is a problem to them. See: https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/12/claudine-ndimbira-support-her-film.html

Amelia Umuhire : Congo-Rwanda webseries Tuko - Life in Goma (FR-EN-DE).
W
idely known for her Polyglot webseries, Amelia Umuhire produced the Congo-Rwandan web series Tuko, Life in Goma in 2017. See https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/07/amelia-umuhire-congo-rwanda-webseries.html

Jacqueline Kalimunda : Love in Rwanda | De l'amour au Rwanda – TV5 MONDE +. Love in Rwanda. Claudine, a businesswoman, navigates between several jobs in order to construct a life independent of men. Neza, who is the younger of the two, dreams of the ideal man. Between these two experiences are the desires and disappointments of women in Rwanda. See http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2017/02/jacqueline-kalimunda-love-in-rwanda-de.html

Single Rwandan / Celib Rwandais by/de Jacqueline Kalimunda analyse/analysis by/par Viviane Azarian. Translation of analysis from French. While 2014 revived the international media interest in Rwanda, 20 years after the genocide of the country’s Tutsi population, filmmaker Jacqueline Kalimunda prepares for the 2015 release of a documentary, book, and web platform on "love in Rwanda". In a country where hatred reached the paroxysm of horror in 1994, a subject theoretically “ordinary" is nonetheless a profound inquiry. http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2015/06/single-rwandan-celib-rwandais-byde.html
Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo parle du cinéma au Rwanda. La jeune cinéaste rwandaise Marie Clémentine Dusabejambo a beaucoup d’espoir pour le futur du cinéma au Rwanda. Elle nous parle de sa passion pour les films. See: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2012/02/marie-clementine-dusabejambo-parle-du.html

Marie Clementine Dusabejambo talks about cinema in Rwanda. Marie Clementine Dusabejambo, a young filmmaker from Rwanda has great hopes for the future of Rwandan cinema. She talks to us about her passion for filmmaking.

Amelia Umuhire : "Polyglot" - webseries | websérie (Berlin). "Polyglot", a webseries created, written, directed and edited by Amelia Umuhire, a Rwandan-European self-taught filmmaker from Berlin and self-identifying Afro-European. See: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2015/07/amelia-umuhire-polyglot-webseries.html

Jacqueline Kalimunda: “Single Rwandan” and her crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Jacqueline Kalimunda talks about her project in progress, “Single Rwandan”, the importance of new technologies and her Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. See http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2014/11/jacqueline-kalimunda-single-rwandan-and.html

Jacqueline Kalimunda : « Celib Rwandais » et sa campagne de crowdfunding sur Indiegogo. Jacqueline Kalimunda parle de son projet en cours « Celib Rwandais », l’importance des nouvelles technologies, et sa campagne de crowdfunding sur Indiegogo. See: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2014/11/jacqueline-kalimunda-celib-rwandais-et.html

Jacqueline Kalimunda’s Rwanda. Excerpts from Jacqueline Kalimunda’s website and a portrait about her at the Women’s International Film Festival of Creteil in 2010. See: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2010/07/jacqueline-kalimundas-rwanda.html

In Memory of Chantal Bagilishya | À la memoire de Chantal Bagalishya. A tribute to the late Rwandan producer Chantal Bagilishya. See http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2009/10/in-memory-of-chantal-bagilishya.html

OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST REGARDING RWANDAN WOMEN IN CINEMA

The Rise of Rwanda's women filmmakers by Stefanie Jason, Fellow, International Women's Media Foundation's Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Stefanie Jason follows the trajectory of several women of Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora, who are at various stages of the their journey into cinema: Marie-Clémentine Dusabejambo, Ndimbira Shenge, Anisia Uzeyman, Mugisha Pamella. See: https://mg.co.za/article/2017-03-24-00-the-rise-of-rwandas-women-filmmakers

Filmmaker Ndimbira recounts her journey into film writing. In an interview with Moses Opobo Claudeine Ndimbira Shenge talks about her evolution into filmmaking. 03 January 2016.

Investing in Love: Jacqueline Kalimunda's 'Single Rwandan'. Interview by Marian Evans of Wellwoodwoman. An extensive interview during which Jacqueline Kalimunda talks about her evolution into cinema, her films, and her experiences working locally in Rwanda and internationally across the globe. 11 November 2014. See: https://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.fr/2014/11/investing-in-love-jacqueline-kalimundas.html

Rwandan Director Anisia Uzeyman Asks: “Can Black Love Survive the American Dream?” T. Anthony Schear analyses Anisia Uzeyman’s film Dreamstates, a film that she directs and in which she acts with her real-life husband, singer Saul Williams. See:  http://reelydope.com/2017/11/17/dreamstates-movie-anisia-uzeyman

She & He – A web series project produced by Lycamedia Africa Ltd. In 2016 Claudine Ndimbira Shenge launched the She&He web series Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The She&He documentary web series had as objective to focus on LGBT in Rwanda. While the campaign did not reach its funding objective and hence was not funded, the project proposal emphasized the importance of telling the “many stories, hidden, forgotten or simply untold that are out there.” See: http://lycamedia-africa.com/shehe/


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