VITA Magazine » COMMUNITAS » Yalla Italia! » SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER »

Article written

Festival Spotlights African Women Filmmakers 0

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.

Many of the IAWRT’s more than 500 members from more than 50 countries were in attendance for a regional conference, which included workshops on safety for female journalists, meetings to discuss how to even gender ratios in newsrooms and the film festival as the finale.

“One strength with this organization is that we are meeting from so many different countries,” said Gunilla Ivarsson, president of IAWRT. “When we are sitting down together, face-to-face, doing this kind of work, we have so much to learn from each other.”

The IAWRT also hosts a film festival in India to showcase the work of female filmmakers there.

According to a 2015 report from the Women’s Media Center, 38 percent of print reporters were female, 27 percent of photographers and videographers were female and 41 percent of television news staff members were female.

“Men accounted for 83 percent of directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors for the 250 most profitable films made in the United States in 2014,” the report said, adding that none of the top 100 grossing films in 2013 had a black female director.

“It’s very important for people to be able to collaborate afterwards and feel like they have a community of other women who have faced similar challenges in terms of trying to tell their stories,” Sara Chitambo, head of the South African IAWRT chapter, said of the HER Africa Film Festival.

Continue reading on Ips Africa

By Mike Olalde

subscribe to comments RSS

There are no comments for this post

Please, feel free to post your own comment

* these are required fields

Project by VITA SOCIETÀ EDITORIALE S.P.A.
P.IVA 11273390150
ISCRIZIONE ROC N.3275
Direttore Responsabile afronline.org: Giuseppe Frangi
©2011-2015