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09 June 2024

Ruth Hunduma, laureate of the Hypatia Golden Award for the documentary The Medallion at the 10th edition of the Alexandria Short Film Festival (ASFF) in Egypt

Ruth Hunduma, laureate of the Hypatia Golden Award for the documentary The Medallion at the 10th edition of the Alexandria Short Film Festival (ASFF) in Egypt

The documentary portrays the filmmaker's mother, a survivor of the Red Terror in Ethiopia which left hundreds of thousands of victims. A powerful testimony to a nightmare that remains unknown in the West.

Excerpted from an interview with Ruth Hunduma by Nicolas Bardot at lepolyester.com
The idea for the film came from a short story I wrote when I was at university called The Medallion, about the genocide of the Red Terror, from the point of view of my mother. In 2022, during the Tigray War, as I was preparing to travel to Ethiopia to spend time with my mother, my producer suggested that I re-visit the story of The Medallion. Within the context of the civil war at the time, it was the perfect context to open up a discourse not only about the war itself, but also about Western media bias during the Red Terror genocide, which unfortunately, like the Tigray war, attracted little or no attention. I started filming it myself with the cameras that I had on hand; and bit by bit, I started constructing the DNA of the film.

08 June 2024

Tsitsi Dangarembga (ICAPA), Souad Houssein (OPAC), Zanele Mthembu (SWIFT), three women-helmed organizations collaborate to advance and promote women and cinema in Africa

 
Tsitsi Dangarembga (ICAPA), Souad Houssein (OPAC), Zanele Mthembu (SWIFT), 
three women-helmed organizations collaborate to advance and promote women and cinema in Africa

The signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding between (Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa) ICAPA Trust, The Pan-African Observatory for audio-visual and cinema (OPAC) and Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) of South Africa was held recently, in Harare. Tsitsi Dangarembga, the signatory of the memorandum, had this to say:
 
“This signing ceremony follows meetings between Souad Houssein, founding director of OPAC, Zanele Mthembu, the acting programme manager of SWIFT and myself, in our capacities as representatives of our three organisations. These meetings took place in Harare last year, during the 2023 edition of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF).”

As noted in the ICAPA December 2023 newsletter, “the objective of this historic meeting of three organizations led by African women was to draft and sign an agreement to collaborate in the areas of training, women’s film festivals, including African women’s film awards and fundraising.”

Text:
The Standard. “Icapa, OPAC and Swift sign MoU” by Tendai Sauta,  June 4, 2024
ICAPA News, 20th edition of IIFF wows Harare, December 12, 2023

07 June 2024

DIASPORAS : Cinemateca Brasileira apresenta a mostra 80 anos de Zezé Motta - the Cinemateca Brasileira presents the exhibition 80 ans de Zezé Motta (the 80 years of Zezé Motta)

Zezé Motta
Cinemateca Brasileira apresenta a mostra 80 anos de Zezé Motta - the Cinemateca Brasileira presents the exhibition 80 ans de Zezé Motta (the 80 years of Zezé Motta)

Entre os dias 7 e 9 de junho, a Cinemateca Brasileira apresenta a mostra 80 anos de Zezé Motta, comemorando a importante contribuição da atriz ao audiovisual brasileiro. Artista plural, com trabalhos no teatro, na música, na televisão e no cinema, a atriz também se destaca pelos anos de luta por maior representatividade de artistas negros e negras nas artes.

From 7-9 June the Cinemateca Brasileira presents the exhibition 80 ans de Zezé Motta (the 80 years of Zezé Motta) celebrating the important contribution of the actress in the Brazilian audiovisual landscape. Zezé Motta's multifaceted practice as artist spans theater, music, television and cinema, she is also known for her activism throughout the years towards a greater representation of black artists.
 

04 June 2024

Mujeres por África : ELLAS SON CINE 12 - 2024 Madrid (They [women] are cinema) Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Myriam Uwiragiye Birara, Sofia Alaoui, Rosine Mbakam, Kaouther Ben Hania

Mujeres por África
ELLAS SON CINE 12 - 2024 Madrid
(They [women] are cinema)
Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Myriam Uwiragiye Birara, Sofia Alaoui, Rosine Mbakam, Kaouther Ben Hania

Mujeres por África organiza esta muestra de cine para dar visibilidad al audiovisual femenino del continente

Ellas son Cine, la muestra de películas dirigidas por mujeres africanas, regresa un año más a la Sala Berlanga de la Fundación SGAE en Madrid (c/Andrés Mellado 53) en su decimosegunda edición, del 4 al 8 de junio con proyecciones a las 19.30 horas. Y lo hace con cinco películas de directoras que recorren el continente africano de este a oeste, de norte a sur: Banel et Adama, de la senegalesa Ramata-Toulaye Sy; The Bride, de la ruandesa Myriam Uwiragiye Birara; Animalia, de Sofia Alaoui, originaria de Marruecos; Mambar Pierrette, de la camerunense Rosine Mbakam, y, desde Túnez y en cooperación con Arabia Saudí, Les filles d’Olfa, de Kaouther Ben Hania.

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Mujeres por África [Women for Africa] organizes this film exhibition to give visibility to women audiovisuals on the continent

Ellas son cine (They [women] are cinema) of the Fundación Mujeres por África returns to the Sala Berlanga of the SGAE Foundation in Madrid for its 12th edition from 4-8 June with five films that reflect the social condition of women throughout the continent from east to west, from north to south. Films by women from Senegal, Rwanda, Morocco, Cameroon and Tunisia: Banel et Adama by Senegalese Ramata-Toulaye Sy; The Bride by Rwandan Myriam Uwiragiye Birara; Animalia by Sofia Alaoui from Morocco; Mambar Pierrette by Cameroonian Rosine Mbakam, and from Tunisia in cooperation with Saudia Arabia, Les filles d’Olfa by Kaouther Ben Hania.
 

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