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Title:

SISTERS OF THE SCREEN - AFRICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA

Country:USA 2002
Format:digital; DCP
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:73 Minutes
Film series:14. African Film Festival


Director :Ellerson, Beti
Cinematography:Poulenc, Christophe
Editing:Ellerson, Beti
 Poulenc, Christophe
  



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A homage to the women who shaped African cinema in the first three decades after independence, but who were not afforded the same recognition as the male filmmakers of their generation. With film excerpts and interviews, Beti Ellerson introduces female directors such as the Senegalese Safi Faye, who was the first sub-Saharan woman to shoot feature films, and Fanta Régina Nacro, who was the first to do so in Burkina Faso, which is home to the FESPACO pan-African film festival. We also hear from younger directors such as Anna Mungai from Kenya and Ngozi Onwurah from Nigeria, as well as pioneers from the diaspora, such as Sarah Maldoror from Guadeloupe, who shot her classic film SAMBIZANGA during the Angolan War of Independence. Ellerson also looks at the subject of cultural authenticity, after black female filmmakers from the diaspora were asked to leave the first networking meeting of women at the FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 1991, because it was only open to directors from African countries.