African Women in Film, the Moving Image, and Screen Culture by Beti Ellerson (Oxford Research Encyclopedias - African History - Women's History) April 2019
Subject: African Diaspora, Historiography and Methods , Image of Africa, Women’s HistoryOnline Publication Date: Apr 2019 DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.496
While African women in film have distinct histories and trajectories, at the same time they have common goals and objectives. Hence, “African women in film” is a concept, an idea, with a shared story and path. While there has always been the hope of creating national cinemas, even the very notion of African cinema(s) in the plural has been pan-African since its early history. And women have taken part in the formation of an African cinema infrastructure from the beginning. The emergence of an “African women in cinema movement” developed from this larger picture. The boundaries of women’s work extend to the global African diaspora. Language, geography, and colonial legacies add to the complexity of African cinema history. Women have drawn from the richness that this multiplicity offers, contributing on local, national, continental, and global levels as practitioners, activists, cultural producers, and stakeholders.
Keywords: African women in cinema studies, intersectionality, moving image, screen culture, transnational, African women’s history