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24 August 2022

Eyerusaleam Kassahun: Review of Fig Tree by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

Eyerusaleam Kassahun: Review of Fig Tree by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian


Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, director. Fig Tree. 2018. 93 minutes. Amharic. Black Sheep Film Productions


Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2022


Fig Tree explores the dilemma of Mina, a sixteen-year-old Ethiopian Jewish girl, who becomes increasingly resistant to her family’s plan to leave Ethiopia for Israel because she is determined not to leave until she has rescued her Christian boyfriend Eli from being drafted into the Derg regime’s army. Read entire review at African Studies Review


Eyerusaleam Kassahun is a lecturer in theatre arts at Addis Ababa University. She directed the romantic comedy Trafiqua (Traffic Cop) and published an essay on women in Ethiopia’s film industry.

23 August 2022

Aissa Diaby: "Douleur silencieuse" (Silent Pain) - CINEF Festival du cinéma au féminin 2022

Aissa Diaby: "Douleur silencieuse" (Silent Pain) - CINEF Festival du cinéma au féminin 2022

Released in 2021, "Silent Pain" by director Aissa Diaby competes in three categories of the international competition at Cinef: Best sound, photography, and best short film.

Sorti en 2021, "Douleur silencieuse" de la réalisatrice Aissa Diaby concourt dans trois catégories de la compétition internationale au Cinef à savoir : Meilleur son, direction photo et meilleur court métrage.

Synopsis
In a traditional West African family, Ami, a studious and discreet 17 year-old, suffers from an oppressive secret. One evening, as the whole family comes together during dinner, Ami decides not to let it go any longer.

Dans une famille d'origine ouest africaine, où les traditions sont de rigueur, Ami , 17 ans, subit les agressions sexuelles de son oncle paternel à l'insu de sa mère. Un soir, alors que sa sœur et son mari viennent dîner à la maison, Ami décide de ne plus se laisser faire.


20 August 2022

Delphine Yerbanga: Les traces d’un migrant (Traces of a migrant) - Festival cinéma d’Afrique Lausanne 2022

Delphine Yerbanga: Les traces d’un migrant (Traces of a migrant)
Festival cinéma d’Afrique Lausanne 2022

Delphine Yerbanga
Trace d’un migrant
Burkina Faso
2021 - documentaire - 69min

Synopsis
This film recounts the story of Abdoulaye Ouédraogo, a Burkinabé migrant who has been missing for years. Idrissa Ouédraogo, his brother, and his children Adama and Awa, set out to find him, traveling through Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Through their odyssey, a journey of initiation and discovery, we are plunged into the heart of a family story, a quest for identity and origins.

Ce film raconte l’histoire d’un migrant burkinabé, Abdoulaye Ouédraogo, porté disparu pendant des années. Idrissa Ouédraogo, son frère, et ses enfants Adama et Awa, partent à sa recherche en parcourant le Burkina Faso, le Sénégal et la Guinée-Bissau. Leur périple, tel un voyage initiatique et de découvertes, nous plonge au cœur d’une histoire de famille, d’une quête d’identité et d’origines.

Source: https://www.cine-afrique.ch/les-traces-d-un-migrant-fr25830.html 

18 August 2022

African Global Diasporas. Eleonore Yameogo: De l'autre côté des rives ("On the other side of the shores”). Radiodiffusion Télévision Burkinabé (RTB) documentary series on the Burkinabe diaspora


African Global Diasporas. Eleonore Yameogo: De l'autre côté des rives (
"On the other side of the shores”). Radiodiffusion Télévision Burkinabé (RTB) documentary series on the Burkinabe diaspora


Burkinabe filmmaker Eléonore Yameogo and Radiodiffusion Télévision Burkinabé (RTB), launched the director's documentary series on the Burkinabe diaspora in the West entitled "On the other side of the shores".


La réalisatrice Burkinabè Eléonore Yameogo et la Radiodiffusion Télévision Burkinabé (RTB), ont procédé au lancement de la série documentaire de la réalisatrice sur la diaspora Burkinabè en occident intitulé « De l’autre côté des rives ».


17 August 2022

The Story Circle: Participants announced! 12-20 August 2022 - Edinburgh International Film Festival


The Story Circle
Participants announced! 12-20 August 2022
Edinburgh International Film Festival

https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/story-circle

Participants announced!

The Story Circle programme is for women screenwriters/filmmakers from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, who have a strong idea for a short film that can be developed and produced over the next year and screened during the 2023 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Supported by the British Council, this project is part of our 75th anniversary activity. 


2022 participants in The Story Circle are:

  • Janet Nsabuwera from Uganda
  • Sarah Kyomugisha from Uganda
  • Lydia Matata from Kenya
  • Hope Wanjiku from Kenya


EIFF will work with United in Film who support emerging film talent through their filmmaking workshops, to deliver two online story development workshops in September and October to help expand the participants understanding of story structure and character development.

There will then be an in-person residential workshop in Uganda where story editors will work with the participants to move the projects forward to a full script.
 
Each of the writers will then receive a financial commission to allow them to make their film in their local region with support from United in Film.

05 August 2022

BLACK CAMERA. La noire de…, La passante and Many Others: Framing Cinematic Representations of Afro-Descendant Women, Identity, and Positionality in France by Beti Ellerson (Fall 2022)

BLACK CAMERA
La noire de…, La passante and Many Others:
Framing Cinematic Representations of Afro-Descendant Women, Identity, and Positionality in France
by Beti Ellerson
Volume 14, Number 1, Fall 2022, pp. 334-348

Abstract

The influential film La Noire de… by Ousmane Sembene released in 1966, offers a range of themes for a discussion on afro-descendant women and their myriad experiences in relationship to France. The project that this article undertakes encompasses the period around the time of its release to the present. The challenge that it lays for itself is imbedded in a caveat posed as a question: What does the title even mean in the context of a “France” and more particularly a “Paris” that is often viewed as a “fantasy,” but is a real, concrete place—with its contradictions and faults, promise and hope? Who is this discursive cohort of afro-descendant women—negotiating their place in the country/the capital: as student, expatriate, citizen, first-generation diasporan, third-culture “glocal” transplant, traveler, immigrant, migrant? The films selected to problematize these questions set the framework for this discussion.
 
- Negotiating In-Between Identities
- Multiculturalism and French Universalism
- Afro-Descendant Women, Film Activism, and Representation
- Sarah Maldoror: Linking Generations

Published by Indiana University Press
URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/861216

04 August 2022

African Diasporas. France. Maïmouna Doucouré: Hawa. Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022

African Diasporas. France
Maïmouna Doucouré: Hawa
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022

Hawa de Maïmouna Doucouré, coproduit par Amazon Studios, est en compétition de la 46ème édition du Festival international du film de Toronto (TIFF) 2022.

Hawa, une adolescente de 15 ans, part à la recherche d’un nouveau tuteur quand sa grand-mère, avec qui elle vit, tombe gravement malade. Le jour où elle apprend qu’une star internationale fait un déplacement en France, elle se lance dans une impossible quête afin de la convaincre de l’adopter.

Hawa by Maïmouna Doucouré, co-produced by Amazon Studios, is in competition at the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022.

Hawa, who is 15 years old sets out in search of a new guardian after her grandmother, with whom she lives, becomes seriously ill. The moment she learns that an international star will be traveling to France, she embarks on an impossible quest to convince her to adopt her. 

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