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21 September 2017

Programme - Edition 11 : Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé | International Women’s Film Festival of Salé - Maroc | Morocco

Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé
International Women's Film Festival of Salé
2017 - Edition 11 – Programme


Présidente, Dominique Cabrera
Membres, Saadia Ladib, Marie-Eve Musy, Sophie Goyette, Kamla Abuzekri, Souad Houssein, Pilar Carrasco Aguilar


Présidente, Fatoumata Bintou Kandé
Membres, Fatima Ifriqui, Rahma El Madani 


Lina Arious, Siham El Alaou, Meryem Benheddi

Pays invité : le cinéma Turc
Guest country : Turkish cinema 

Quit staring at my plate by/de Hana Jušić, Croatie, 2016

Ava by/de Léa Mysius, France, 2017

Summer 1993 | Estiu 1993 | Eté 93 by/de Carla Simon, Espagne, 2017

La fiancée du désert by/de Cecilia Atàn & Valeria Pivato, Argentine, 2017

Le clair obscur by/de Khaoula Assebab Benomar, Maroc, 2016

Little wing by/de Selma Vilhunen, Finlande by/de & Danemark, 2016

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts | Marlina la tueuse en 4 actes by/de 
Muly Surya, Indonésie, France Malaisie, Thaïlande, 2017

Oh Lucy ! by/de Atsuko Hirayanagi, Etats-Unis, Japon, 2017

Son of Sofia | Fils de Sofia by/de Elina Psykou, Bulgaria, Greece, France, 2017

Withered Green | Akhdar Yabis by/de Mohammed Hammad, Egypte, 2016

ZÍN’NAARIYÂ! | L’Alliance d’Or | The Golden Ring by/de Rahmatou Keïta, Niger, 2016

Western by/de Valeska Grisebach, Allemagne, 2017

Jerico, the Infinite Flight of Days | El Infinito Vuelo de Los Dias by/de Catalina Mesa, Colombie, 2016

Girls don’t fly by/de Monika Grassl, Allemagne, Australie, Ghana, 2016

Shakespeare à Casablanca by/de Sonia Terrab, Maroc, 2016

Sisters Courage | Sœurs Courage by/de Latifa Doghri & Salem Trabelsi, Tunisie, 2017

Une autre montagne (Another mountain) by/de Noémie Aubry & Anouck Mangeat, France, Turquie, 2017

Araf, Somewhere in between | Araf, quelque part entre deux by/de Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Turquie, 2013

Watchtower | La tour de Guet by/de Pelin Esmer, Turquie, 2013

Lifelong – Hayatboyu | La révélation d’Ela by/de Asli Özge, Turquie, 2013

Pandora’s Box by/de Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Turquie, 2008

Dust Cloth | Toz Bezi by/de Ahu Ozturk, Turquie


Abdellah Bayhiya 


Fadila Benmoussa 
Defne Halman

20 September 2017

Women at the | Frauen beim | Les Femmes au : Afrika Film Festival Köln - 21. September bis 01. Oktober 2017


21. September bis 01. Oktober 2017
Fokus: Landgrabbing and Migration
Theme: Landgrabbing and Migration
Thème centrale : Accaparement des terries et Migration

Wendy Bashi 
Iman Djionne
Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Amina Weira
Kaouther Ben Hania
Soraya El Kahlaoui
Iman Kamel
Nada Mezni Hafaiedh

Fickin, 2016, 26 min

La Boxeuse | Boxing Girl, 2016, 26 min 

Ouaga Girls, 2017, 83 min

La Colère dans le vent, 2016, 54 min

Zaineb hates the snow | Zaineb n'aime pas la neige, 2016, 94 min

À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer | I still hide to smoke, 2016, 90 min
Landless Moroccans | Marocains sans terries, 2017, 60 min

Jeanne d'Arc Masriya | Egyptian Jeanne d’Arc, 2016, 85 min

Upon the Shadow | Au delà de l'ombre, 2016, 80 min

16 September 2017

Joy Nwosu, author of "Cinema e Africa nera", published in Italy in 1968 and reedited in 2014 | publié en Italie en 1968 et réédité en 2014

Joy Nwosu, author of "Cinema e Africa nera", published in Italy in 1968 and reedited in 2014

A discovery in plain view. Joy Nwosu’s book on cinema and Africa, "Cinema e Africa nera" published in Italy in 1968, was reedited in 2014, also in Italian, under the title Cinema e Africa. Published by Aracne editrice.

At the time, a flurry of interviews and articles emerged in English and Italian. Kudos to Leonardo De Franceschi who was instrumental in bringing Dr. Joy Nwosu and her work back into the spotlight. The African Women in Cinema Blog has now discovered this jewel with much excitement!

Une découverte en plein vue. Le livre de Joy Nwosu sur le cinéma et Afrique, « Cinema e Africa nera » publié en Italie en 1968, a été réédité en 2014, aussi en italien, sur le titre « Cinema e Africa » par la maison d’édition, Aracne editrice de Rome.

À l'époque, une kyrielle d'interviews et d'articles sortait en anglais et en italien. L’African Women in Cinema Blog a maintenant découvert ce trésor avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme !

Read the interview with Joy Nwosu by Leonardo De Franceschi in  Film, Africa, Blacks. A Conversation With Joy Nwosu, BELOW, as it is no longer available at the original URL:
See the video interview with Joy Nwosu in English: Incontro con Joy Nwosu, autrice del libro "Cinema e Africa":

Film, Africa, blacks. A conversation with Joy Nwosu
by Leonardo De Franceschi
Rome/Los Angeles, July 2014

This week Cinemafrica shares with you the integral version of a conversation with Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, a Nigerian-born soprano and ethnomusicologist, based in Los Angeles, who released in 1968 a book in Italian called "Cinema e Africa nera" for roman editor Tindalo.
This book has been recently re-edited with the title "Cinema e Africa" for Aracne editrice. 
“Cinema e Africa” is currently available in paperback format and can be ordered exclusively via Aracne editrice through this

This conversation has been realized in a written form via e-mail on July 2014, and included in the book, but translated into Italian and in a shorter version.
When you came to Rome, with a scholarship offered by your Government, it was 1962, you were 22 years old and your aim was to have an academic training in music and vocal performance, was it? But why did you choose Rome and not for instance London or New York when you would have found less difficulties for the language?
That is a good question. I already had admission to study at the Royal College of Music, Dublin when I was offered my scholarship. I was advised, however to audition, and try to get into the school of music in Rome because Rome was, and still is, where to study bel canto. So on my way to Dublin, I stopped in Rome to audition for Santa Cecilia, and was admitted. I then stayed to study in Rome.

What was your first reaction when you found yourself in Rome in 1962? Did Italy reflect your expectations?

My first arrival in Rome, Italy was traumatic. I was a twenty two year old girl, who spoke only English in the midst of people who spoke a language I did not understand. In my world, if you did not speak English, you were considered illiterate. So I thought that all Italians were illiterate. Of course with time, I started to understand that there are different peoples with their different languages in the world.

How have you been received at conservatorio and in university? Did you feel some bias touching you as a young, female, African-born student? Did you notice some changes in the average feeling of Italians toward people of African origins during the period of your staying in Rome, up to 1972, not only in those institutions but in the orientation of common people?
The reaction of the Italians to a black woman was different to the reaction of the English to a black woman. I was used to the indifference of the English, but was not prepared for the curiosity of the Italian. The Italian wanted to touch, feel and interact with me out of curiosity. When I learned to speak the language, after a few years, the curiosity turned into acceptance. To my very close friends, color did not matter anymore, but for those who did not know me, the curiosity continued.

You got your voice diploma after three years of study at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (1962-65) and then decided to enroll to Pro-Deo University, following a three years program in Mass Communication, specialization cinematography. Cinema e Africa Nera was originally a final thesis conceived to end this experience. Why did you choose communication and film studies and how did it came to you the idea to dedicate your thesis to the image of blacks in cinema and to African cinema? 
My Diploma in communications was for a specialization in Cinematography: Script Writing. The course required us to write our own scripts, discourse, analyze, and criticize the scripts of our class mates. In the end, we were required to write a thesis as our final project. In those days, there was not much going on for blacks in the cinema world, especially for the African blacks. So, for my final thesis, I decided to probe this almost total absence of cinema presence in black Africa. My probe let me to some very eye opening discoveries. The Senegalese, I discovered were at the forefront of cinematography in black Africa. My research was extensive as you can see from the tract, and quite inclusive. I tried looking not only at the presence of black Africa in cinematography, but at the presence of blacks in general. My thesis was supposed to be my contribution towards black presence in cinematography.

What was your experience of film in Nigeria before coming to Italy? Were you a moviegoer? Which kind of film did you love the most?

I was an avid moviegoer in Nigeria before I went to Italy, and I saw every film that was available to us, mostly Indian films and cowboys films. I saw Quo Vadis for the first time in Nigeria when it first came out, and some of the first Technicolor films of those days. I enjoyed Charlie Chaplin’s black and white silent movies too.

How do we come from the thesis to the book published by Tindalo in november 1968? Who did suggest you the possibility of a publication?
Before graduation, I had met Giovanni Vento, and we became friends. He was the person in charge of finding and choosing specials for films at Cinecittà at the time, and I and some of my Nigerian compatriots, usually went to Cinecittà to act as specials in films to augment our scholarship funds. There, I met Giovanni. By the time I graduated, we were very close and had become a couple. He was the one who saw the potentials in my manuscripts after I graduated and encouraged me to turn them into books. He got me all the help I needed in publishing the books. His friends in the cinema world rallied around to give the books the push that they needed. I did two interviews with two magazines when the books were released. Those were exciting days for me.

How did you get in contact with the film critic Mino Argentieri, that was to be the author of your foreword?
Mino Argentieri was Giovanni’s friend. I cannot remember him now, but I think that I must have been introduced to him by Gianni, that’s what we called Giovanni. I was Gianni’s treasured companion, he treated me like an African princess that I am. At the same time, he used his influence to get things done for me with regards to those books.

When you did write “Cinema e Africa Nera”, the issue of the image of blacks in the movies was quite absent in Italy but relatively new even in US. There was the pioneering “The Negro in Films” published by Peter Noble in London in 1946 and was translated in Italian ten years later thanks to Lorenzo Quaglietti, and there were some articles by Romano Calisi, and some other article in French but no works of reference, Noble aside, and things were even more difficult for the other issue, the birth of African cinema, you had just the Film History by Georges Sadoul, some articles by Vieyra and Rouch and that was all. How did you manage to develop your research without a consistent bibliography? Who was your official referee at the University?
I was quite lucky at the time I finished my studies and with two manuscripts in my hands which were well considered. Gianni’s friends at that time who were also my friends, were somewhat awed at the fact that I could write a book, not to talk of two books. Even the publisher Tindalo, whom I was introduced to, did not waste any time in accepting the books for publication. We had gone to see him for the book on cinematography. When he saw me, a black woman, an African, and learnt that I wrote the book, he accepted to publish it there and then. On our way out of his office, Gianni casually mentioned that I had written another book which might interest him after he had published the first one, and he called us back to discourse it. I told him the summary of the story, and he accepted to publish that too. I got help for my research from the most unlikely sources; from words of mouth, from old newspapers and magazines, from old films, any films that starred blacks, and from books. I had a lot of help.

In your introduction, you salute the fact that finally you can meet African students of cinematography in European capitals. Did you actually meet some of them in Rome? What about black actors working as extras or in little roles in the Italian cinema: did you have occasion to meet some of them? What on Nigerian community in Italy? Was there a consolidated presence of Nigerians studying and working in Italy at that time?

I was amongst the first batch of Nigerians studying in Rome at that time. We were very few and we knew ourselves. We formed an association, and met once a month to discuss our problems, to compare our check lists, and to help anyone who was in need. This is how we knew when to go out for extra jobs or not. Most of us in Rome at that time were students. We had a few working at FAO, just a family I could remember, and our Embassy at the time was very protective of us. They organized socials for us, and we were invited to all important happenings at the Embassy.

In your chapter about European and American films on Africa, I was very struck by a passage in which you underline the strong continuity existing between fascist colonial cinema and Italian cinema of 60s concerning Africa, included also films made by authors like Antonioni. 
“Ecco: noi non crediamo si sbagliare se riteniamo che fu a questo tipo di cinema che si ispirò quello di Africa addio, Violenza a una monaca, Violenza segreta, Congo vivo, così come non pensiamo di sbagliare se affermiamo che fu dai film di Camerini, di Alessandrini, di Genina che nacquero quei documenti come Eva nera, Mal d’Africa, Continente perduto, sul mal d’Africa – questo sì un contributo razzista veramente originale – da cui non si salvò neppure certa produzione di qualità (L’eclisse di Michelangelo Antonioni). Perché il fascismo, nella sua sintesi sentimental-cattolico-guerriera, fu un fenomeno sinceramente italiano: e un fenomeno che dura.” 
Am I wrong or it was very uncommon to find in the Italian film criticism of that period statements so harsh regarding the legacy of colonialism and fascism in contemporary Italian culture and cinema? What was the reaction that your “Cinema e Africa nera” met in the Italian film press?
When I spoke about the Italian curiosity towards the blacks, it was the type of curiosity that you see between a human and an intelligent animal. Something di quasi umano, but not human. I had access to a lot of films on blacks at the time of my writing, and I saw that type of curiosity all through those films. I was a fire brand at the time of my writing, and I remember that the excerpt you sent, and thank you for sending it, caused a lot of arguments between Gianni and me. We quarreled over it. Gianni believed that it will bring about repercussions from the cinema community. The fact is that, I was speaking the truth. I know what I saw in the films I watched, and I aptly interpreted what I saw. That was one aspect of my writing that I was not ready to compromise, interpreting the truth.

I was also very impressed by the passage that you dedicate to what you called «il contributo degli afrodoppiatori» underlining how Italian dubbing actors were effective in translating into Italian the American slang spoken by black in the South in films like “Gone with the Wind” reinforcing in a paroxystic way old stereotypes like those of the mammy, the coon, the uncle Tom. Even that passage, I guess it was mostly something that came from your personal sensibility. I can’t find any awareness of that in the Italian film criticism of the period…
Although I was not Italian, and the Italian language was not my primary language, I took some liberty in coining my own Italian words to describe what I could not express adequately in the Italian language. That was how words like “afrodoppiatori” came about. Yes, the Italian dubbing actors were very good in finding adequate Italian words to match their English counterparts.

In your approach to the issue of the image to black in Hollywood and Italian cinema you can feel a radicalism that was probably also the expression of the spirit of the time. “Cinema e Africa nera” was released in the autumn 1968, a very hot season for the young people, women and black in Europe and in US: demonstrations and riots against the Vietnam War happened every day, universities and factories were occupied, and in US the civil rights movement was facing a crucial moment after the assassination of Rev. King. What was your feeling at that time, did you feel personally involved in the “1968 movement”? I’m asking you this as in a way I guess the places you frequented in your first period in Rome, more related to the Catholic church, were not exactly leftist or radical…
Now you can understand the spirit and times of when I wrote Cinema e Africa Nera. I was completely immersed in the spirit of the time. The death of Dr. King was like the death of all the struggles of emancipation for the blacks. I was among the angry blacks looking for how to strike out. I was hurting like all the blacks were hurting, and I was not ready to compromise. I saw things as they were, and still are to some large extent. That is how my title, Io odio, Tu odi was born. I wasn’t a leftist, I was just a radical, still am, if you follow my blog at, you will see that I have not stopped talking when there is the need to do so.

Your last chapter is dedicated to black African cinema that at that time was at its very beginning. How did you manage to watch first African movies by Sembene and other directors and what was your feeling towards those films? 
I watched all the film by the then black directors because I was given access to them through my connections. I was impressed by the efforts of the Senegalese and Gambian directors, but their films were rather dull, not much action, and I attributed that to the fact that they did not have access to film effects that the modern day black directors have.

Before publishing “Cinema e Africa Nera” in 1968 you had even an experience of actress in an independent Italian movie called “Il nero”, directed in 1966 by a director making his professional debut, Giovanni Vento. Notwithstanding the good press received in Italy after some screenings in film festivals, “Il nero” was never commercially released and so stands even today as unknown to the majority of film scholars. It was indeed very interesting as it was filmed in Naples, and the main actors were actually, a part from you, two non-professional boys, sons of black GIs fighting in Italy during the WW2: but aside from the subject of “brown babies” that was highly original for those years, the style of film resembled that one of some coeval films by Bertolucci and Bellocchio, and also some other titles from French and American New Wave. What is your memory of this experience? 
Before publishing Cinema e Africa Nera, I had years of experience acting as a special in films like Cleopatra, with Elizabeth Taylor, La decima vittima, which starred Ursula Andress, and many other films. I cannot remember their names. Gianni had written his script years before we met, and had difficulty finding a producer. When we became friends, we both supported each other and that helped us to get things done. He will flash me to potential producers as the protagonist for his film, and all I had to do was smile and agree. Not too long, he found, I believe, Armando Bertuccioli who agreed to produce the film. Finding the other characters was easy. I don’t believe any of us was paid for acting in the film. I know I was not paid, I did it only to help Gianni.
You mentioned the fact that Vento was a sort of editor for “Cinema and Africa Nera”. In your text you emphasizes the importance of “Il nero” and of the short documentary “Africa in casa”, in which the case of some black people living in Italy is explored. Could you explain what was actually the role of Vento in the book?

Gianni was a little more than just my editor. I had already graduated with Summa Cum Lode from Pro Deo University, when Gianni got interested and wanted to take another look at my thesis. It was then he told me that the manuscript had potentials, and advised me to expand my search. He offered me all the help I needed and helped me get the informations I needed. He actually helped me with the search. I remember that we had many occasions of argument, during which he disagreed with the way I said something, and I disagreed with his suggestion on how I should have said it. Sometimes, I had to explain to him what I really meant, and he will tell me the best way to say it nel parlare italiano. In other words, my best Italian expressions in the books, were Gianni turning my worse Italian expressions into the way it should be said nel bel parlare italiano.
You published for Tindalo as well a sort of autobiographical novel called “Io odio tu odi”. That was after “Cinema and Africa nera”. You did mentioned the fact that originally it was written as a scenario for a film to come. How did it come to you the idea to write a scenario for a film?
And how then did you decide to publish it as a novel, with a preface by journalist and writer Franco Prattico? 
I have answered part of this question elsewhere, but I want to stress the fact that I studied Cinematography, and specialized in script writing, film scripts. The course of study required each student to write a film script as one of the projects, Io Odio, Tu Odi was that project, just as Cinema e Africa Nera was my final project.

As a matter of fact you were in Rome to complete your education in music attending lesson in university and in the conservatory. I guess the best of your energies were devoted to music. Nonetheless you invested a huge amount of energy to film, if we sum the thesis, the two books, and the performance for “Il nero”. Were you intentioned to pursue this interest later, once come back to Nigeria in 1972? 
This also is a very good question. While I was studying music in Rome, opera for that matter, I realized that we did not have any operatic traditions in Nigeria. “What will I do as an operatic singer in Nigeria?” I started asking myself. We did not even have theaters for classical music performances at the time, our national theater and the MUSON’s (Musical Society Of Nigeria) music complex were then non existent. I had to study something that would at least give me a job when I returned, so cinematography was it. I figured that I could work in Radio or Television with my Mass Communications certificate, and that was exactly what happened. I was a Radio producer for three years in Lagos, Nigeria when I returned before I was hired as a University teacher at the University of Lagos when a new music department was started there. I was one of the pioneer lecturers there.
In Nigeria you pursued a wonderful artistic career as a classical and modern singer, reaching a huge popularity thanks to concerts, records, TV shows. You managed also to reach a good position at University of Lagos, being the unique female lecturer, after some important scholarship of great relevance for ethnomusicology and a prestigious PhD in University of Michigan in 1981, but you were forced to find your way in US in 1996, for the envy and hostility of some male colleagues at university. In Italy, in Nigeria and in US you had to fight to defend and promote your talent as a singer and as a scholar. With hindsight, and comparing the situations you could personally live, do you esteem that Italy was in the 60s a place where a young, female, Black artist could find a way to express her own talent? What would you advise to many young aspiring artists and performers of Black origin who today face serious difficulties to work in the Italian show business (cinema, TV, music) and are tempted to emigrate somewhere else?
Thank you very much for the acknowledgement. I cannot say that Italy in the 60s was a place for a young, black, female artist to express her talent. It was not that easy for me. Every Italian man, old or young wanted a pound of my flesh. Even a doctor I visited for some female problem wanted to have sex with me before treatment. It was not safe for me. The only way I could protect myself was to latch on to somebody for protection, and that’s where Gianni came in. With him by my side claiming that I was his fiancee, and sometimes that I was his wife, I felt fairly protected. Yet, men still found ways of cornering me and asking for sex. You know what the Italian men are, especially with foreigners, but more so with black female foreigners. 
To be a performers anywhere in the world for a woman is to face all kinds of abuses. It is still a man’s world, and women do not have much options. It is not a world where a woman can go it alone. From the very beginning, the woman must make sure to have a powerful sponsor behind her, or it will be a rough ride.

Did you follow in a way the evolution of African cinemas? What is your opinion about Nollywood?

Yes, Nollywood has come a long way. It started very roughly, and has now blossomed into world class film industry. We have Nollywood films now films now that can rival even Hollywood films. I could still remember Eddy Ugboma’s films with their rough edges, but those where the films that opened the floodgate to what we call today, Nollywood Cinema. We have a lot of charlatans out there too, people who believe that it takes the ownership of a camera to be a film maker. These people are gradually giving a bad image to a young and straddling film industry. In the whole, Nollywood has made big strides, and they are here to stay and grow.

15 September 2017

African Women in Cinema Blog : Updates | Actualités 15-09-2017 News around the Internet | Les infos autour de l’Internet

African Women in Cinema Blog
Updates | Actualités
15 – 09 – 2017

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

Content | Contenu :

Le Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé (FIFFS)
Juliet Asante
Amandine Gay
Ganiath Yaya
Khadidiatou Sow
Rosalie N’Dah

Le Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé (FIFFS) 

Juliet Asante
Juliet Asante: Re-imagining our world through cinema. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia.12 September 2017.

Amandine Gay
Ouvrir la Voix d’Amandine Gay: un documentaire afro-féministe lucide et poignant. 12 septembre 2017.

Ganiath Yaya
Cinéma: la Bénoise Ganiath Yaya enleève le prix special du jury à Clap ivoire.

Khadidiatou Sow
Clap Ivoire 2017: Khadidiatou Sow remporte le Grand Prix Kodjo Eboucle. 9 septembre 2017.

Rosalie N’Dah
Interview de Rosalie N'dah, présidente du Cinéma Numérique Ambulant du Bénin. Hector Tovidokou. Africiné Magazine.

12 September 2017

Zélie Asava : Book - Mixed Race Cinemas, Multiracial Dynamics in America and France | Livre « Cinémas mixtes, la dynamique multiraciale aux Etats-Unis et en France »

Mixed Race Cinemas, Multiracial Dynamics in America and France by/par Zélie Asava [traduction en français du titre: Cinémas mixtes, la dynamique multiraciale aux Etats-Unis et en France]

Book description
Using critical race theory and film studies to explore the interconnectedness between cinema and society, Zélie Asava traces the history of mixed-race representations in American and French filmmaking from early and silent cinema to the present day. Mixed Race Cinemas covers over a hundred years of filmmaking to chart the development of (black/white) mixed representations onscreen. With the 21st century being labelled the Mulatto Millennium, mixed bodies are more prevalent than ever in the public sphere, yet all too often they continue to be positioned as exotic, strange and otherworldly, according to 'tragic mulatto' tropes. This book evaluates the potential for moving beyond fixed racial binaries both onscreen and off by exploring actors and characters who embody the in-between. Through analyses of over 40 movies, and case studies of key films from the 1910s on, Mixed Race Cinemas illuminates landmark shifts in local and global cinema, exploring discourses of subjectivity, race, gender, sexuality and class. In doing so, it reveals the similarities and contrasts between American and French cinema in relation to recognising, visualising and constructing mixedness. Mixed Race Cinemas contextualizes and critiques raced and 'post-race' visual culture, using cinematic representations to illustrate changing definitions of mixed identity across different historical and geographical contexts.

Traduction en français par Beti Ellerson de la description du livre :
En utilisant la théorie critique de la race et les études cinématographiques pour examiner l'interconnexion entre le cinéma et la société, Zélie Asava retrace à partir du cinéma des premiers temps et du cinéma muet jusqu'à nos jours, l'histoire des représentations du métissage dans le cinéma américain et le cinéma français. Mixed Race Cinemas [Cinémas mixtes] couvre plus d'une centaine d'années de cinéma pour tracer le développement des représentations du métissage (noir / blanc) à l'écran. Le 21ème siècle étant appelé « Millénaire du Mulâtre », les corps métis sont plus visibles que jamais dans la sphère publique. Mais selon les tropes « mulâtres tragiques » ils sont trop souvent positionnés comme exotiques, étranges et hors du commun. Ce livre considère la capacité de dépasser la binarité raciale sur et au-delà de l'écran en examinant les acteurs et les personnages qui évoquent « l'entre-deux ». Grâce à des analyses de plus de 40 films et des études de cas de films clés à partir des années 1910, Cinémas mixtes met en évidence les changements décisifs dans le cinéma local et mondial, examinant des discours de subjectivité, de race, de genre, de sexualité et de classe. Dans ce cadre, il révèle les similitudes et les contrastes entre le cinéma américain et le cinéma français par rapport à la reconnaissance, la visualisation et la construction de la mixité. Cinémas mixtes contextualise et critique la culture visuelle racisée et post-raciale, en utilisant des représentations cinématographiques pour illustrer l'évolution des définitions de l'identité métisse dans différents contextes historiques et géographiques.

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09 September 2017

25-30. 09. 2017: Le Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé | International Women’s Film Festival of Salé - Maroc | Morocco

Le Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé (FIFFS) | International Women’s Film Festival of Salé (FIFFS)
 Maroc | Morocco
25-30. 09. 2017

Le Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé (FIFFS) a pour finalité de mettre en exergue tout apport artistique cinématographique à même de donner à la femme et de la femme l’image qu’elle mérite devant, sur et derrière l’écran.

The purpose of the International Women’s Film Festival of Salé (FIFFS) is to feature women’s artistic cinematographic contributions. Furthermore, to give women, and women of the moving image in front of, on and behind the camera, the recognition that they deserve.

La onzième édition du FIFFS aura lieu à Salé du 25 au 30 septembre 2017.

The 11th edition of the FIFFS will take place in Salé from 25 to 30 September 2017.

Pays invité : le cinéma Turc

Guest country : Turkish cinema 

Le comité d’organisation du FIFFS, organisé par l’Association Bouregreg, compte cette année développer son concept des ateliers d’écriture scénaristique dans la perspective de ne plus se cantonner à l’initiation de scénaristes en herbe désireux de se convertir au métier de scénariste. Il s’agira dorénavant de les aider à développer leurs propres stratégies d’auto-apprentissage et de répondre aux besoins de formation et d’encadrement d’un public-cible, préalablement initié et porteur de projets plus au moins développés.

The FIFFS organizing committee, run by the Bouregreg Association, is planning to develop its concept of scriptwriting workshops this year in order to not limit itself to the initiation of promising screenwriters who wish to advance professionally in this field. The aim will be to assist them in developing their own self-learning strategies and to respond to the training and mentoring needs of a target audience, already knowledgeable and having more or less developed projects.

07 September 2017

Afrika Film Festival Köln - 21. September bis 01. Oktober 2017 - Deutsch | English | Français

Afrika Film Festival Köln
21. September bis 01. Oktober 2017 
Deutsch | English | Français

Fokus: Landgrabbing and Migration 
„Ins Kino gehen heißt reisen“ lautet eines der Spruchbänder, mit denen in Ouagadougou, der Hauptstadt Burkina Fasos, für das legendäre panafrikanische Filmfestival FESPACO geworben wird. Zu cineastischen Reisen in afrika- nische Bilderwelten und Realitäten lädt auch das Afrika Film Festival Köln seit nun schon 25 Jahren ein. Seit 1992 waren in Köln insgesamt mehr als 750 Filme aus 45 Ländern Afrikas zu sehen. Sie zeigten zahlreiche Facetten des Filmschaffens auf dem Kontinent und in der weltweiten afrikanischen Diaspora. Die cineastische Vielfalt demons- trierten historische Epen und aktuelle Politthriller, aufwühlende Dokumentationen und optimistische Komödien, Ex- perimentalfilme und Science Fiction, Animationen und avantgardistische Videokunst, Geschichten von MigrantInnen und Produktionen von Schwarzen Deutschen, kurzum: Filme mit immer wieder neuen spannenden und brisanten Inhalten und von hohem formalen Niveau. Es ist erstaunlich, dass es nur wenige der vielen in Köln präsentierten Fil- me in die Programme der großen internationalen Festivals von Berlin über Cannes bis nach Rotterdam und Venedig schafften. So ist es selbst nach einem Vierteljahrhundert für FilmInitiativ weiterhin sinnvoll und notwendig, ein auf Afrika spezialisiertes Filmfestival anzubieten mit dem Ziel, der zeitgenössischen afrikanischen Kinematographie die Aufmerksamkeit hierzulande zu verschaffen, die sie verdient.

Theme: Landgrabbing and Migration  
“Going to the cinema means going on a journey” reads one of the banners in Ouagadougou that have been put up to pro- mote the legendary pan-African FESPACO film festival. Afrika Film Festival Köln has also been taking its guests on audio- visual journeys through African cinescapes for 25 years. More than 750 films from 45 African countries have been shown in Cologne since the first festival in 1992. They have showcased some hugely diverse and multi-faceted filmmaking talents from Africa and the global African diaspora. This cinematic diversity has been exhibited in the huge range of films on show, from historical epics, modern-day political thrillers and stirring documentaries to optimistic comedies, experimental and science fiction films, ani- mations, avant-garde video art, migrant stories and films by Black Germans, or, in short: films of the highest quality with gripping and often explosive content. It is astonishing that very few of the many films presented in Cologne have gone on to be shown at the larger international festivals, such as those in Berlin, Cannes, Rotterdam or Venice. It is therefore important, or even imperative, that – after reaching its first quarter of a century – FilmInitiativ continues to offer an Africa-specialised film festival with the aim of ensuring that contemporary African cinema gains the recogni- tion it deserves in Germany and in Europe.

Theme centrale : Accaparement des terries et Migration
« Aller au cinéma c’est voyager », c’est l’un des slogans pub- licitaires que l’on peut lire à Ouagadougou, la capitale du Burkina Faso, au moment du FESPACO, le légendaire festival de cinéma panafricain. Depuis maintenant 25 ans, le festival du film africain de Cologne invite lui aussi à des voyages cinématographiques à travers des images et des réalités africaines. Depuis 1992, plus de 750 films de 45 pays d’Afrique ont été projetés à Cologne. Ils ont montré diverses facettes de la création cinématographique sur le continent et au sein de la diaspora africaine du monde entier. La diversité cinématographique a été illustrée par des épopées histor- iques et des thrillers politiques actuels, des documentaires boule- versants et des comédies optimistes, des films expérimentaux et de la science-fiction, des animations et de l’art vidéo avant-gardiste des histoires de migrants et des productions d’Allemands noirs, en bref des films aux contenus toujours passionnants et actuels, et de très haute qualité. Il est surprenant que seulement peu des films projetés à Cologne aient été présentés dans les grands festivals internationaux de Berlin à Cannes, en passant par Rotterdam et Venise. Même après un quart de siècle, FilmInitiativ estime qu’il est donc toujours judicieux et nécessaire de proposer un festival de cinéma spécialisé sur l’Afrique, dans le but de donner au cinéma africain contemporain la visibilité qu’il mérite.

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