Category Culture

Festival Spotlights African Women Filmmakers

Johannesburg – At the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg’s trendy, gentrifying Maboneng neighbourhood last week, the two-day HER Africa Film Festival showcased films and web series from across the globe, including Mali, the U.S., Burkina Faso and elsewhere. Hosted by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), it was the first ever all female film festival in Africa.

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My people them dey stay for poor surroundings


In 2012, the star architect Kunlé Adeyemi unveiled his “floating school” in Makoko, one of more than 100 slums in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Most of Makoko’s residents, who are estimated between 40,000 and 300,000, live in makeshift structures built on stilts on lagoon water.

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Still Doing the Right Thing

For a black film and media student at the University of Cape Town, Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” was a revelation. I watched it first on a DVD one afternoon with my friend Frank in one of the damp tutorial rooms in the Arts Block on Upper Campus, only a few steps away from where the statue of Cecil John Rhodes stood.

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‘Africa Act’ heralds a new era of cooperation between Italy and Africa

Rome (Italy) – The Italian Democratic Party (PD) presented on last 28 July at the Chamber of Deputies the ‘Africa Act’, “package of measures to revitalize the relations between Italy and the African continent, in a logic of co-development.” But what does it mean in practice? Lia Quartapelle, deputy and member of the Democratic Party, explains for and its African media partners the reasons of this new initiative based on three pillars: education and culture, employment and sustainable development.

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In Africa, there should be djembe drums

For the last three months, we have been working on the sound design of my first feature-length documentary, Taking Stock, a film about my father and our third-generation family business in Benoni, a city to the east of Johannesburg.

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“Are you an African artist? …”

There’s a strong (European) mainstream that is still secretly seduced by the idea that poor black people, especially those in African slums, can’t or won’t make great art or if they do, it’s the exception.

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