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30 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog Updates | Actualités 30-06-2017 - News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
30 – 06 – 2017

News around the Internet 
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Jihan El Tahri
Mis Me Binga
Zuriel Oduwole
Rama Thiaw



Jihan El Tahri
Academy Invites Record 774 New Members: 39 Percent Female and 30 Percent People of Color. Hollywood Reporter

Mis Me Binga
Festival International de Femmes | International Women’s Film Festival – 29 06 – 01 - 07 2017. Facebook: follow on direct | suivre en direct. Facebook 

Zuriel Oduwole
Africas Biggest Bi-Lingual TV Network Features Zuriel Oduwole
Rama Thiaw
Africajarc 2017 : la sélection cinéma, avec Rama Thiaw, invitée officielle. Le programmateur Colin Dupré donne une large part aux femmes.  Imagesfrancophones




27 June 2017

Appel à film | Call for films 2017 : Festival du Film de Masuku - Nature et environnement | Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment (Gabon)

Appel à film | Call for films 2017 : Festival du Film de Masuku - Nature et environnement | Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment (Gabon) 


Film Festival of Masuku - Nature and Environment is an international festival, which, through the moving image, examines the place of humans in their environment in a global manner: biodiversity, environmental issues and urbanism. The festival welcomes all genres and formats, from all cinematic forms, but devotes an important place to African cinemas. (Translation of text in French from website)


Le Festival du Film de Masuku Nature & Environnement est un festival international qui à travers l’image interroge la place de l’homme dans son cadre de vie de façon globale : biodiversité, enjeux environnementaux et urbanisme. ll accueille tous les genres et tous les formats de films, en provenance de toutes les cinématographies, mais consacre une large place au cinéma africain. (Texte du site)

Links | Liens


Mis Me Binga 2017 : Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time | Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun by/par Pélagie Ng'onana (Africiné)

Mis Me Binga 2017 : Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time | Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun by/par Pélagie Ng'onana (Africiné)

[English] Français ci-après

Mis Me Binga 2017: “Women's cinema celebrated in Cameroon for the 8th time” by Pélagie Ng'onana, Africiné, 26/06/2017. Translation from French by Beti Ellerson. (An African Women in Cinema Blog/Africiné collaboration).

The International Women's Film Festival opens on 28 June in Yaoundé. For three days, the 24 films selected for this 8th edition of Mis Me Binga are presented to the public. "Three days of cinema" as it is called by the team who initiated the project in 2010, and led by filmmaker Narcisse Wandji (Walls, 2016) and producer Evodie Ngueyeli, is driven by the challenge of energising the local culture scene with the magic of cinema.

According to the organisation, this year's programming is a consistent representation of African women's production. This is certainly the case of Fruitless Tree by Aïcha Macky of Niger, the opening film. The 52-minute documentary addresses the hidden torment of women suffering from infertility. The film was in the official selection at the last Fespaco [2017], and has also won several prizes, including the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Documentary in 2016. The public will also be able to appreciate Cameroonian Chantal Youdom's Rêve corrompu (Corrupted Dream), El Dorado by her compatriot Agnès Yougang, Le crayon (The Pencil) by Adjaratou Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso and L’Absence by Hawa Ndiaye from Mali.

Cameroon leads the list of selected films, followed by Niger with three films and Burkina Faso with two. Mali, DRC, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo and Algeria each have one film. While the official selection covers mainly Central and West Africa, the team of Mis Me Binga is nevertheless pleased. However, this collection is far from a representation of "all the wonders of the cinemas of Africa" ​​as this 8th edition claims. A detail that nevertheless does not undermine the importance of the event: to move the spectators, to allow them to experience a range of emotions through their encounter with recent cinematographic works. "The importance of these films and the very reason for their existence is to give them visibility, to be able to provide elements for reflection, criticism and, why not, simply for entertainment," emphasises Evodie Ngueyeli.

From its inception Mis Me Binga ("The eyes of women" in the Ewondo language of Cameroon) took on the role of advocate to promote the woman’s perspective in the universe of the 7th art. But since the last three years, the festival has opened a window to films made by men, with themes supporting the cause of women. Although ultimately, in terms of numbers, the works by men are equal to those by women. They include The Digger by Nabe Daone, Royal Team Family by Abdel Aziz Zra, both from Cameroon; Le Jardin d'Akoua (The Garden of Akoua) by Marcelin Bossou from Togo, and the Algerian Mohamed Yargui with his film Je te promets (I promise you). This year's competition includes feature films. The two juries, for feature and for short, will discern the awards for these films, which will be announced on July 1st during the closing ceremony.

Eight years later, Mis Me Binga, which ranks as the second most important festival in Cameroon (after Écrans Noirs, which takes place in July), has seen results: about 2,000 films have been screened, 10,000 visitors and 35 women trained in screenwriting, marketing and film production. This edition proposes, throughout the three days, an initiation to film animation workshop.


[Français]
Mis Me Binga 2017 Le cinéma féminin célébré pour la 8ème fois au Cameroun. Pélagie Ng'onana. Publié le 26/06/2017
 
Le festival international de films de femmes s'ouvre le 28 juin à Yaoundé. Trois jours pas plus pour présenter au public les 24 films retenus pour cette 8ème édition du Mis Me Binga. "Trois jours de cinéma" tel que le présente la jeune équipe initiatrice du projet depuis 2010. Des jeunes, en tête desquels Narcisse Wandji, réalisateur (Walls, 2016) et Evodie Ngueyeli, productrice, nourris par le défi d'animer l'environnement culturel local avec la magie du cinéma. POUR LIRE L’INTEGRALITE : http://www.africine.org/?menu=art&no=14160


26 June 2017

Festival Ciné Banlieue 2017 12ème edition : Appel à films | Call for entries

Festival Ciné Banlieue 2017
12ème edition :
Appel à films | Call for entries


For participants between 18 and 35 years-old only.
Film production dates between 2015 and 2017
Maximum length: 30 minutes.

Adressé uniquement aux adultes ayant entre 18 et 35 ans.
Film réalisé entre 2015 et 2017.
Durée maximum: 30 minutes.

24 June 2017

Annouchka de Andrade, directrice artistique - FIFAM - Amiens International Film Festival

Annouchka de Andrade, directrice artistique FIFAM - Amiens International Film Festival


The post originally published as a call for films at the FIFAM 2017, has been updated to feature the profile of artistic director Annouchka de Andrade, also the daughter of Sarah Maldoror, whose legacy she proudly upholds. (See interview with Annouckha)


Annouchka de Andrade joined the team of the Amiens International Film Festival, after working for more than 20 years in the field of visual and cinematographic arts. 


She made her debut at ARP (Authors-Directors-Producers) alongside Jacques Poitrenaud under the presidency of Claude Berri by organizing the first five editions of the Beaune film meetings. During the GATS negotiations (1993) for the ARP, she was in charge of organizing conferences bringing together European decision-makers, which allowed her to participate in the debate in favor of the principle of cultural exception.


The conclusions from the debate made it possible to protect the authors from an exclusively commercial conception and to preserve for the States their sovereignty in terms of audiovisual policy. Later she was a production assistant of Jean-Pierre Ramsay, followed by a stint at Via productions, and at Mac Mahon cinema as programmer.


Her skills and her curiosity for others led her to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Colombia as an audiovisual attaché for the Andean countries, then to Seville as director of the French Institute. In this capacity, she organized concrete, ambitious and innovative cinematographic and cultural actions, which resulted in—thanks to a close and fruitful dialogue—the signing of bilateral agreements with the CNC. And in the innovative fields of performing arts, visual arts, and language, promoting French creative industries through meetings with professionals in the cultural professions, the creation of French film festivals, support for television programs, initiatives for French music--i.e., the creation of the 1st music festival--support for the broadcasting of Radio France Internationale (RFI), promotion of video games, among others.


https://www.fifam.fr/le-festival/direction-artistique/

Image: amiens.fr


Après avoir travaillé plus de 20 ans dans le domaine des arts visuels et cinématographiques, Annouchka de Andrade rejoint l’équipe du festival international du film d’Amiens.

Elle a fait ses débuts à l’ARP (Auteurs-réalisateurs-producteurs) aux côtés de Jacques Poitrenaud sous la présidence de Claude Berri en organisant les cinq premières éditions des rencontres cinématographiques de Beaune. A l’occasion des négociations du GATS (1993) pour l’ARP, elle a été en charge d’organiser des conférences réunissant les décideurs européens, lui permettant de participer au débat en faveur de l’exception culturelle. Les conclusions ont permis de protéger les auteurs d’une conception exclusivement marchande et de conserver aux Etats leur souveraineté en matière de politique audiovisuelle.

Puis elle a été assistante de production pour Jean-Pierre Ramsay puis chez Via productions, et a programmé le cinéma Mac Mahon. Ses compétences et sa curiosité de l’autre, l’ont mené pour le ministère des affaires étrangères, en Colombie en qualité d’attachée audiovisuelle pour les pays andins, puis à Séville pour diriger l’Institut français.

Elle y a organisé des actions cinématographiques et culturelles concrètes, ambitieuses et novatrices se traduisant, grâce à un étroit et fructueux dialogue, par la signature d’accords bilatéraux avec le CNC et dans les domaines novateurs du spectacle vivant, des arts visuels, et de la langue, tout en promouvant les industries créatrices françaises à travers la rencontre de professionnels des métiers de la culture. (création de festivals de cinema français, soutien aux programmes de télévision, impulsion de la musique française (création de la 1re fête de la musique),  soutien à la diffusion de Radio France Internationale (RFI), promotion du jeu video entre autres).


Festival International du Film d’Amiens 2017 :
Appel à films | Call for films


La 37e édition du Festival International du Film d’Amiens se déroulera du 10 au 18 novembre 2017. Vous pouvez dès à present inscrire votre film sur le lien suivant : www.fifam.fr

The 37th edition of the International Film Festival of Amiens will take place from 10 to 18 November 2017. You may now register your film at the following link: www.fifam.fr.

23 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 23-06-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
23 – 06 – 2017

News around the Internet |
Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Ngozi Onwurah
Les Tibeb Girls de Bruktawit Tigabu
Danai Gurira
Issa Rae
Liyana, executive-produced by Thandie Newton
Claire Diao
Bruktawit Tigabu
Akosua Adoma Owusu


Ngozi Onwurah
Ngozi Onwurah: The Forgotten Pioneer of Black British Film. Varaidzo.

Les Tibeb Girls de Bruktawit Tigabu
Les Tibeb Girls, Ethiopiennes, super-héroïnes et feminists. Emeline Wuilbercq. 18-06-2017. Le Monde.

Danai Gurira
‘Black Panther’ Actress Danai Gurira to Star in Upcoming ‘Avengers’ Sequel. 14-06-2017. Hollywood Black Renaissance.

Issa Rae
Issa Rae ‘Insecure’ Season 2 Teaser. 14-06-2017. Hollywood Black Renaissance.

Liyana, executive-produced by Thandie Newton
Liyana an animation film, executive-produced by English-Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton. A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. liyanathemovie.com.

Claire Diao
Double vague : mettre en lumière 10 ans de cinema. 9-06-2017. Entretien de Claire Tomasella. Africultures

Bruktawit Tigabu
Bruktawit Tigabu, l'institutrice qui sauve des vies. Laura Carreno. 05-06-2017. Journal des Femmes

Akosua Adoma Owusu
Ghanaian-American Filmmaker Gets 2017 African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) Nomination. threesixtygh.com


Trailers | Bande annonce

Akosua Adoma Owusu
On Monday of Last Week Trailer by Akosua Adoma Owusu

20 June 2017

Urban Films Festival 2017 – Kampala: Call for Films | Appel à films

Urban Films Festival 2017 – Kampala: Call for Films | Appel à films

The call for films is open

The French Alliance of Kampala (Uganda) and RStyles are organising the African qualifications of the 2017 Urban Films Festival, supported by Mission Cinéma and under the patronage of Jamel Debbouze.

The objective is to gather “Urbans Culture" short films " from across the continent.

The qualifying ceremony will be held on 25 August in Kampala, as part of a hip hop festival. The winner wins a stay in Paris from 6 to 8 October to present her/his film during the final competition.


L'appel à films est lancé !

L’Alliance française de Kampala (Ouganda) et RStyles organisent les qualifications Afrique de l’Urban Films Festival 2017, soutenu par la Mission Cinéma et sous le patronage de Jamel Debbouze.

L’enjeu est de collecter des courts-métrages « Cultures Urbaines » à travers le continent.

La cérémonie de qualifications se tiendra le 25 août à Kampala, dans le cadre d’un festival de hip hop. Le lauréat gagne un séjour à Paris du 6 au 8 octobre pour présenter son film pendant la compétition finale.


16 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 16-06-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
16 – 06 – 2017

News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

Content | Contenu :

Janaína Oliveira: Mossane de Safi Faye
Lucie Memba Bos
Judy Kibinge
Aïssa Maïga
Kaouther ben Hania
Tope Oshin


Janaína Oliveira: Mossane de Safi Faye
Sexta-feira tem projeção de "Mossane" (1996), primeiro e único longa metragem de ficção Safi Faye, primeira cineasta africana. Após a sessão tem conversa com Janaína Oliveira (FICINE). 16-06-2017. Facebook FINCINE

Lucie Memba Bos
Une image à la hauteur de son talent. 13-06-2017. Le film camerounais.

Judy Kibinge
“Las mujeres en el cine son un vehículo para mandar un mensaje”. . Maria Colom. 13-06-2017. Wiriko.
Aïssa Maïga
Comédienne, Ambassadrice Slice Up. 13-06-2017. Facebook Sliceup Media

Kaouther ben Hania
La Belle et la meute, de Kaouther ben Hania. Lorsque Myriam demande quelque chose pour se couvrir. Hassouna Mansouri. 09-06-2017. Africine.org.

TRAILERS | BANDES ANNONCES

Tope Oshin
Evol teaser. 27 02 2017. YouTube.
Two strangers explore the impossible complexities of a possible relationship, AFTER having sex the very first day they meet. They decide to go away to a beach resort to find out if they could be more, things start looking rosy, until all hell let’s loose.



 



15 June 2017

Chicken and Egg: Accepting Applications for 2018 Accelerator Lab for first- and second-time women filmmakers

Chicken and Egg: Accepting Applications for 2018 Accelerator Lab for first- and second-time women filmmakers


The Accelerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting women nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. This program brings together ten projects helmed by first- or second-time directors, with a special focus on underrepresented voices.

09 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités - 09 June | juin 2017 - News on the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet


African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
09 – June | juin – 2017

News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet 


Content | Contenu :

Michelle Mboya
Jihan El-Tahri
Rungano Nyoni
Iman Kamel




Michelle Mboya
Telling Untold Stories. 5 June 2017 by Natalie Makovora. Directed by Women.

Jihan El-Tahri
« Réfléchir de nouveau à notre identité collective africaine ».  2 juin 2017. Le grenier de Kabili.

Rungano Nyoni 
The Film About Feminism and Witchcraft That You Need to See. Douglas Greenwood. Another Mag.
Iman Kamel
Egyptian director Iman Kamel wins Iconic Women Award. May 2017. Ahram Online. 




08 June 2017

Cannes 2017: Rungano Nyoni's "I Am Not a Witch", a review by Olivier Barlet (Africultures)

Maggie Mulubwa, in I Am Not a Witch, by Rungano Nyoni
Cannes 2017:  Rungano Nyoni's "I Am Not a Witch", a review by Olivier Barlet (Africultures)

This section about the film, I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni is part of the longer critique: “Cannes 2017: le regard, encore” by Olivier Barlet in Africultures. Translation from French by Beti Ellerson. (An African Women in Cinema Blog/Africultures collaboration). Image: Africultures

I Am Not a Witch is directed by a woman. Rungano Nyoni, who was born in Zambia and grew up in Wales, is known for her multi-awarded short films: The List, Mwansa the Great, and Listen. Shot in the vicinity of Lusaka, I Am Not a Witch is a witty jewel with an unbiased perspective, in which the nine-year-old Maggie Mulubwa imposes herself, her gaze not to be forgotten. Based on the observation that it is almost always women who are accused of sorcery and that the phenomenon is found in different places in Africa, Rungano Nyoni spent a month in Ghana in a two-hundred-year-old "witch camp". This experience allowed her to observe the organisation and patterns as well as the conditions in which the women worked and to visualise the scenario of the film, which she developed at the Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes in 2013 and then in 2014 at the Moulin d'Ande.

It begins with tourists on a bus who, in the winter of the Four Seasons of Vivaldi, go to see, as in a zoo, a community of witches—made-up and even ludicrously menacing. Hence, the film will tell us about prejudices and in so doing is not afraid to diverge. The witches all have a white ribbon attached to their backs preventing them from flying away, as this is the manner in which they could kill people. Cutting these ribbons would transform them into goats. In the village, the nine-year-old Shula is regarded as a witch, such that she is ultimately incorporated into this community. 

She stands out from the rest by the acuity of her judgment in naming those guilty of theft, to the extent that the chief commissioner designates her as assistant. So off we go through a series of fantastical scenes, extremely funny and absolutely allegorical, since throughout the film, it is the condition of women that is evoked: these witches exploited and uneducated, are prodded to buy wigs; they gulp down gin during an inspection by a government representative, the extravagant televisual trickery drives the commissioner's wife to renounce her identity. All of this is based on ancestral beliefs: one summons to make it rain, one skins a chicken, etc. Emancipation strategies are outlined, as in the tale that Shula relates where the ruse inverts the exploitative relationship, and of course, in the finale of this flamboyant film.

[Français]
Je ne suis pas une sorcière est réalisé par une femme, née en Zambie et qui a grandi au Pays de Galles : Rungano Nyoni – connue pour ses courts métrages multiprimés : The List, Mwansa the Great, Listen. C’est un bijou d’humour et de regard distancié, tourné dans les environs de Lusaka, et dominé par une petite fille de neuf ans, Maggie Mulubwa, dont on n’est pas prêt d’oublier le regard. Parti de la constatation que ce sont toujours les femmes qui sont accusées de sorcellerie et que le phénomène se retrouve en différents points d’Afrique, Rungano Nyoni a passé un mois au Ghana dans un “camp de sorcières” vieux de deux cents ans. Cela lui a permis d’en observer l’organisation et les rythmes, ainsi que les conditions de travail des femmes, et d’envisager l’écriture de ce film qu’elle consolida en 2013 à la Cinéfondation du festival de Cannes puis en 2014 au Moulin d’Ande. POUR LIRE L’INTEGRALITE : http://africultures.com/cannes-2017-regard-14113/

04 June 2017

South African Sithasolwazi Kentane: Creating short films centred around people’s lived experiences

South African Sithasolwazi Kentane: Creating short films centred around people’s lived experiences

Pushing narratives aimed at giving women a platform to express themselves as well as aiding in their ability to articulate their thoughts and feelings.

South African Sithasolwazi Kentane, based in Johannesburg, describes herself as a "twenty-something self-taught film maker helping other story tellers illustrate their truths." Her projects include: the pilot web series Women Undressed and Who do you think you are? which follows the experiences of a diverse cohort of black South African Women.

Source: Text and image - Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/sithasolwazi


Women Undressed
Woman Undressed is an ongoing series which explores, unpacks and addresses politics surrounding young women and social issues which affect Black African Women. It is an open space where young Black Women are encouraged to speak out against hegemonic, patriarchal and racists structures. The series also explores the complexities in the creation of the young black girl's identity.

Woman Undressed Pilot from sithasolwazi on Vimeo.

Who Do you Think you are?
Who Do you Think you are? is a short film series brought to you by Sithasolwazi Kentane (Short Films). The series poses that question to its viewers and featured guests. With everything that we are fed in social media and in the global space, who do you think you are apart from all of that? Who do you think you are within the shared space? Uncovering the truth about yourself through introspection helps understand your core and therefore allows you to have a strong stance in the public arena; your truth shall set you free.

Rendani Nemakhuvhani: The first episode of the series sees Rendani Nemakhuvhani exploring her true thoughts

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE: Rendani Nemakhuvhani from sithasolwazi on Vimeo.

Khetsiwe "DJ Doowap" Morgan: The second episode of the series sees Khetsiwe "DJ Doowap" Morgan rising and coming into her being

Vuyelwa Maluleke: The third episode of the series creates a stage for one of Vuyelwa's most powerful poems "Black Girl Plotting"


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE: Vuyelwa Maluleke from sithasolwazi on Vimeo.

Thina Zibi: The fourth episode invites us into Thina's home where she let's us in on a couple of her secrets

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE: Thina Zibi from sithasolwazi on Vimeo.

02 June 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog: Updates | Actualités - 02 June | juin 2017 - News on the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
02 – June | juin 2017

News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet 

Content | Contenu :

Kadhy Touré
Tope Oshin
Samantha Biffot
Claire Diao
Rungano Nyoni
Kaouther Ben Hania
La Parole des femmes
Ng’endo Mukii


Kadhy Touré
Le cinéma comme business. Entretien de Claude Forest avec Kadhy Touré. 30 mai 2017. Africultures

Tope Oshin
topeoshinfilm. Caught in a moment. 31 May 2017. Instagram.

Wendy Bashi
Chronique congolaise: le 19 décembre filmé à travers les prouesses digitales d’Actualité.cd. Joshua Massarenti. 30 mai 2017. Infos Grands Lacs

Samantha Biffot
Samantha Biffot représentera le Gabon aux Africa Movie Academy Awards 2017. 30 mai 2017. Gabon Celebrities. 

Claire Diao
Avec “double vague”, Claire Diao met en lumière les cinéastes issus des quartiers. Faustine Kopiejwski. 29 mai 2017. Cheek Magazine.

"J'interroge notre apport au cinéma...". O. Hind. 28 mai 2017. Lexpressiondz.com.

Rungano Nyoni
I Am Not a Witch director Rungano Nyoni: ‘The chief Whatsapped his people to find our star’. Ellen E. Jones. 25 May. 2017. TheGuardian.

Kaouther Ben Hania
La Belle et la meute (Aala kaf ifrit), de Kaouther Ben Hania. Olivier Barlet. 23 mai 2017. Africultures.

La Parole des femmes
PCMMO 2017 : la parole des femmes. Panorama des cinemas du Maghreb et du moyen-orient. Olivier Barlet.  26 avril 2017. Africultures

Ng’endo Mukii
“I am here to speak”: spotlight on Ng’endo Mukii. Rachel Goldberg .3 April 2017. Vimeo Blog.


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