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23 December 2021

African Women's Cinematic Love Stories and Other Matters of the Heart

African Women's Cinematic Love Stories and Other Matters of the Heart
 
To talk about love in Rwanda is to be able to tell stories that people hold dear, that are poetic and funny while at the same time posing a fundamental question: How do we love each other after a genocide?--Jacqueline Kalimunda

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
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/11/francetv-libre-court-holy-fatma-please.html

Leyla Bouzid: A Tale of Love and Desire
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-tale-of-love-desire-leyla-bouzid-falila-gbadamassi.html

Désirée Kahikopo: The White Line
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2020/12/ecrans-noirs-2020-white-line-la-ligne.html

Before the Vows by Nicole Amarteifio
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2019/10/ndiva-womens-film-festival-2019-before.html

Dorcas Gloria Ahouan-Gonou : Le fruit defendu | The Forbidden Fruit
http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/06/mis-me-binga-2018-dorcas-gloria-ahouan.html

Rafiki by/de Wanuri Kahiu : Cannes 2018 - Un Certain Regard (Kenya)
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2018/04/rafiki-byde-wanuri-kahiu-cannes-2018-un.html

Zin’naariya ! | The Wedding Ring | L’Alliance d’or by/de Rahmatou Keïta (Niger)
http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2017/02/luxor-african-film-festival-2017_28.html

Jacqueline Kalimunda : Love in Rwanda | De l'amour au Rwanda
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2017/02/jacqueline-kalimunda-love-in-rwanda-de.html

Single Rwandan / Celib Rwandais by/de Jacqueline Kalimunda analyse/analysis by/par Viviane Azarian
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2015/06/single-rwandan-celib-rwandais-byde.html

Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn, A Film About Identity, Islam and First Love
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2016/07/nijla-mumins-jinn-film-about-identity.html

When Alice Diop takes us "towards masculine tenderness"
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2016/03/when-alice-diop-takes-us-towards.html

Hermon Hailay: Price of Love | Le Prix d’amour
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2015/02/fespaco-2015-hermon-hailay-price-of.html

Experiments with love: young South African women filmmakers
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2015/10/experiments-with-love-young-south.html

Difficult Love by Zanele Muholi
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2015/09/difficult-love-by-zanele-muholi-and.html

Constance Ejuma, producer-filmmaker-actor, discusses Ben & Ara
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2014/11/constance-ejuma-producer-filmmaker.html

Marie Kâ : L’Autre Femme | The Other Woman (Senegal)
https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2013/11/marie-ka-lautre-femme-other-woman.html

Report by Beti Ellerson

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