The purpose of the African Women in Cinema Blog is to provide a space to discuss diverse topics relating to African women in cinema--filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals. The blog is a public forum of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema.

Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

23 February 2017

Aswan International Woman Film Festival 2017 (Egypt)

Aswan International Woman Film Festival
20-26 February 2017


Objective:
To connect women in Aswan with AIWFF and also, to encourage women to participate in the festival activities and with the audience. The films presented in the festival are by or about women.

AIWFF includes:
-Seminars on the issues and concerns of women in Aswan
-Roundtable about women and cinema
-Program for women with disabilities in Egyptian cinema


FILM SELECTION

20 February 

Opening Film 
Layla the Bedouin (1944)
Bahiga Hafez (1901–1983) Egypt


21 February

Panel Discussion 
Saving the cinematic heritage of women films

Claire in Motion (2016)
Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson L.F (USA)

Under Construction (2015)
Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh)


22 February

Reflections (2016)
Sara Broos (Sweden)

Cheer Up (2016)
Cathy Garland (Finland)

A Wedding | Noces (2016)
Stephan Streker (Belgium)


23 February

Assassin (2015)
Hou Hsiao-Hsien (China)

My Friend from the Park (2015)
Ana Katz (Argentine)

Zbida (2016) 
Yahia Mouzahem (Algeria)


24 February

The Magic Mountain (2015)
Anca Damian (Romania)

The Open Door (2016) 
Marina Seresesky (Spain)

Withered Green (2016)
Mohamad Hamad (Egypt)


25 February

Little Wing (2016)
Selma Vilhunen (Finland) 

The Eagle Huntress (2016)
Otto Bell  (USA)

Accabadora (2016)
Enrico Pau (Italy)


26 February

Closing Ceremony 
Dalida (2016)
Lisa Azuelos (Morocco)

22 February 2017

Wild Track Newsletter #23 February 2017 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

Wild Track Newsletter #23 February 2017 about African women in cinema in Zimbabwe

The Wild Track Newsletter is published by the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA TRUST) 

The Wild Track Newsletter covers information, issues and events relevant and related to African women in cinema in general and specifically those from Zimbabwe, including coverage of the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the annual film festival which takes place in Zimbabwe. In addition, it covers gender related arts-based activities in the Zimbabwe area.

Back issues are also available on the ICAPA Trust site: Issue 22, Issue, 21, Issue 20, Issue 19, Issue 18, Issue 17, Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13, Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7.


Current issue #23 contents include:







Texas Tech University: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers

Texas Tech University: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers


International Film Series: The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers is sponsored by the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the TTU Humanities Center, and the TTU Women’s Studies Program.

The purpose of the series is to share stories of Africa and women through the eyes of African women filmmakers. The hope is that the spotlight will help to highlight African cinema. The series opened on 24 January with the screening of Sisters of the Screen (2002) with filmmaker and scholar Beti Ellerson in attendance followed by a public talk on 25 January entitled: African Women in Screen Industries: Evolutions, Trends and Tendencies"- see Facebook link here.


FILM SELECTION

27 February 2017
W.A.K.A. (2014)
Françoise Ellong (Cameroon)



27 March 2017
Ayanda (2015)
Sarah Blecher (South Africa)



10 April 2017
Ta mère! (2015)
Touria Benzari (Morocco)



01 May 2017
Feminism Inshallah: A History Of Arab Feminism (2015)
Feriel Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia)



21 February 2017

FESPACO 2017: Women at the 25th Edition | Les femmes à la 25e édition - Official Selection | Sélection officielle


FESPACO 2017:
Women at the 25th Edition | Les femmes à la 25e édition
UPDATED WITH LINKS | MISE À JOUR AVEC LIENS

The African Women in Cinema Blog will follow the current events regarding the filmmakers and their films during the period of FESPACO. Following is the selection of films. 

L’African Women in Cinema Blog va suivre les actualités concernant les réalisatrices et leurs films pendant la période du FESPACO. Voilà ci-dessous les sélections des films.

JURY
Yaba Badoe (Ghana)
Jury documentaire et films d’écoles – documentary and film schools

British-Ghanaian Yaba Badoe, is a writer, documentary filmmaker and journalist | Yaba Badoe, britannique-ghanéenne, est ecrivaine, cinéaste documentariste et journaliste. 


OFFICIAL COMPETITION | COMPETITION OFFICIELLE
FEATURE FILM | LONG MÉTRAGE





OFFICIAL COMPETITION | COMPETITION OFFICIELLE 
DOCUMENTARY FILMS | FILMS DOCUMENTAIRES



OFFICIAL COMPETITION | COMPETITION OFFICIELLE
FILMS FROM AFRICAN FILM SCHOOLS | FILMS DES ÉCOLES AFRICAINES DE CINEMA



La Maladie de la honte by/de Giovannia Atodjinou-zinsou – Institut Supérieur des Métiers de L’audiovisuel (Benin)

La mangrove, une richesse pour le Lac Aheme by/de Blandine Kpade – Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (Benin)


OFFICIAL COMPETITION | COMPETITION OFFICIELLE : TELEVISION SERIES | SERIE TELEVISUELLE



OFFICIAL COMPETITION | COMPETITION OFFICIELLE :
FICTION: SHORT FILM | COURT MÉTRAGE








Yaa by/de Esi Yamoah (Ghana)







Les silences de Lydie* by/d’Aissata Ouarma (Burkina Faso)

*Change of film name | Changement de titre du film : Permis d'exister

FESPACO 2017: Les silences de Lydie by /de Aissata Ouarma (Burkina Faso)

FESPACO 2017
Les silences de Lydie*
by /de Aissata Ouarma (Burkina Faso)


FESPACO PANORAMA
OUT-OF-COMPETITION | HORS COMPETITION
FICTION | DOCS

Synopsis: Les silences de Lydie (2017) documentary | documentaire

[English]
For 17-year-old girl Lydie, from an early age, running away and getting by are everyday experiences. One day she befriends a girl who is deaf and mute. While in her company, she will learn to survive in the streets and even goes as far as to simulate being deaf and mute in a host family for 9 months.

Under the compassionate observation of the filmmaker, the film recounts Lydie's quest for an identity, through the conflicting relationships with her mother, her absences and her attempts to return to normal. 

on the film set | sur le plateau de tournage
History tells! The story of Lydie, as a silent reflection of her mother's story, is the story of forgiveness and redemption at the heart of all human relationships.

[Français]
Lydie est une jeune fille de 17 ans.  Débrouille et fugues à répétition depuis son plus jeune âge, sont le quotidien de cette adolescente.  Au cours de l’une d’entre elles, elle fait la connaissance d’une camarade sourde-muette. A ses côtés, elle apprendra à survivre dans la rue et ira même jusqu’à simuler une sourde muette dans une famille d’accueil pendant 9 mois.

Ce film raconte la quête d’identité de Lydie à travers les relations conflictuelles avec sa mère, ses absences et ses tentatives de retour à la normale sous le regard bienveillant de la réalisatrice.

©Aissata Ouarma
Histoire raconte !  L’histoire de Lydie, comme un reflet silencieux de l’histoire de sa mère, est l’histoire du pardon et de la rédemption au cœur de toutes les relations humaines.


Scenario and direction | Scénario et réalisation: Aissata OUARMA
Image: Sibiri Sayouba SAWADOGO
Sound | Son: Hallassane SANFO
Editing | Montage: Stephane ILBOUDOet Guillaume FAVREAU
Productions: Mara films et les Films Essentiels


* Change of film title | Changement de titre du film : Permis d’exister

20 February 2017

FESPACO 2017: Destin trouble by/de Rita Ambeu et Lidia Kassa (Côte d’Ivoire/Gabon)

FESPACO 2017
Destin trouble by/de Rita Ambeu et Lidia Kassa (Côte d’Ivoire/Gabon)


FESPACO PANORAMA
OUT-OF-COMPETITION | HORS COMPETITION
FICTION | DOCS

Synopsis : Destin trouble
(Source: Lidia Kassa-interview-francosa.co.za)

[English]
Destin Troublé is a feature-length film about love and its meanders: passion, feelings, betrayal and tragedy. But it also takes into account the experiences of foreigners, such as xenophobia and the difficulty of integration into the host country.

[Français]
Destin Troublé est long métrage qui relate l'amour et ses méandres, donc la passion, les sentiments, la trahison et la tragédie. Mais il prend en compte des thématiques que vivent les étrangers à l'instar de la xénophobie, la difficulté d'insertion dans le pays hôte. 



19 February 2017

FESPACO 2017: Ouaga Girls by/de Theresa Traore Dahlberg (Burkina Faso)

FESPACO 2017
Ouaga Girls
by/de Theresa Traore Dahlberg
(Burkina Faso)



FESPACO PANORAMA
OUT-OF-COMPETITION | HORS COMPETITION
FICTION | DOCS





Synopsis: Ouaga Girls (2017)

[English]
Ouaga Girls is a documentary about a group of young women from Ouagadougou who are studying to become car mechanics at a school for women. The class becomes their port of safety, joy and sisterhood, as they go through the life-changing transition into adulthood, in a country boiling with political changes.

[Français]
« Ouaga Girls » est un documentaire sur un groupe de jeunes femmes de Ouagadougou qui font des études pour devenir mécanicienne d’automobile dans une école de femmes. La classe devient leur port de la sécurité, la joie et la solidarité, tandis qu’elles traversent la période de transition vers l'âge adulte, dans un pays bouillant avec des changements politiques.