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28 June 2018

Daughters of Africa Screen Narratives: Archive Revelations VII in support of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive

Daughters of Africa Screen Narratives:
Archive Revelations VII

Friday, 29 June 2018 - 18h30 - 21h30 UTC01

In support of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA), this event features a kaleidoscope of short films made in the last ten years by African women filmmakers. Curated by June Givanni, the programme draws on the wealth of resources with this collection of films and related materials. The archive was established to help bring awareness to the significant contributions to cinema by peoples of the African continent and African diaspora. All ticket sales from this event support the archive’s continued work. Following the screening programme, curator June Givanni and artist-filmmaker Onyeka Igwe join for a Q&A.


Didi and Gigi, Dir. Marie Ka, Senegal, 2008, 7 mins 

This short film features the relationship between twin sisters who work as hand models. Their fantastic life takes a dramatic turn when one of the twins becomes afraid of losing her sister.

Yellow Fever, Dir. Ng’endo Mukii, Kenya, 2012, 7 mins

This work explores the effects of Eurocentric beauty standards on African women, and the damage that an obsession with lighter skin can afflict on women’s health and self-confidence.

La Femme invisible, Dir. Pascale Obolo, 2010, 6 mins 

A young black woman searches for the face of her community in film posters. Her obsessive search leads her to the brink of madness.

Hexagram 27-Yi, Dir. Sylvie Bayonne, Congo, 2009, 16 mins 

Based on Chinese Yi Ching, this film is a poetic tribute to African women and deals with food, soul, body and spirit.

Asylum, Rumbi Katedza, Zimbabwe, 2007, 7 mins

Collaged images without dialogue show the drama of a young woman from Dafur who has sought refuge in London. Persecuted by the memories of violence suffered and disoriented by the large city, the young woman contemplates suicide.

Land of the Blacks, Sarra Idris, Sudan, 2011, 3 mins

This short black and white film reflects on the division of Northern and Southern Sudan in 2011.

Ytas, Sarra Idris, Sudan, 2012, 2 mins

An experimental short about memory and traditional music combined with a visual play of light, projections and silhouettes.

Sitting on a Man, Onyeka Igwe, Nigeria, 2018, 7 mins

Traditionally, women in Igbo speaking parts of Nigeria, came together to protest the behaviour of men by sitting on or making war on them by adorning themselves with palm fronds and dancing and singing protest songs outside the man in question's home. This practice became infamous due its prominence as a tactic in the Aba Women’s War, the all-woman protest against colonial rule in 1929. Two contemporary dancers reimagine the practice, drawing on archival research and their own experiences.

Kwaku Ananse, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana, 2013, 25 mins

This traditional West African fable is about Kwaku Ananse, a creature that is part man, part spider who spends years collecting the world’s wisdom in a wooden pot. Nyan Koronhwea returns to her father Kwaku Ananse's native Ghana for his funeral. She has mixed feelings about her father’s double life with one family in Ghana and another in the USA. Overwhelmed by the funeral, she retreats to the spirit world, carrying her ambivalence into the forest where she learns the ultimate truth about all human relationships.

On Monday of Last Week, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana, 2017, 14 mins 

Adapting a short story from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck, this film follows Kamara, a Nigerian woman, on her journey to self-realization. Kamara works as a nanny for Tracy, an artist, and one afternoon, seeing her emerge from her studio, is inspired to become her muse.

This post was originally published in support of the fundraising campaign for the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive created in October 2017: Fundraiser to help secure the future and accessibility of the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive. The campaign was successful in reaching its goal. Follow link:

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