Mahen Bonetti, founder and director of the New York African Film Festival had this to say about love stories from Africa: “When thinking of Africa," she says, "the definition of love is vague or absent. The word love is always overshadowed by crisis—AIDS, drought, warfare. So when thinking of the continent of Africa, one does not think of the word love in relation to the emotions and tension that accompanies the concept."
Hence African women's cinematic love stories relate the myriad sentiments on the continuum of expressions of the heart: the taboo, desire, obsession, forbidden love, longing, passion, jealousy, revenge, courtship, first love, sexualities.
A selection of articles about cinematic loves stories and other matters of the heart on the African Women in Cinema Blog:
Holy Fatma: Please Love me Forever
Leyla Bouzid: A Tale of Love and Desire
Désirée Kahikopo: The White Line
Before the Vows by Nicole Amarteifio
Dorcas Gloria Ahouan-Gonou : Le fruit defendu | The Forbidden Fruit
Rafiki by/de Wanuri Kahiu : Cannes 2018 - Un Certain Regard (Kenya)
Zin’naariya ! | The Wedding Ring | L’Alliance d’or by/de Rahmatou Keïta (Niger)
Jacqueline Kalimunda : Love in Rwanda | De l'amour au Rwanda
Single Rwandan / Celib Rwandais by/de Jacqueline Kalimunda analyse/analysis by/par Viviane Azarian
Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn, A Film About Identity, Islam and First Love
When Alice Diop takes us "towards masculine tenderness"
Hermon Hailay: Price of Love | Le Prix d’amour
Experiments with love: young South African women filmmakers
Difficult Love by Zanele Muholi
Constance Ejuma, producer-filmmaker-actor, discusses Ben & Ara
Marie Kâ : L’Autre Femme | The Other Woman (Senegal)
Report by Beti Ellerson