Ghana to host 2nd African Women in Film Forum

Ghana will host the second African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) in Accra from September 23 to September 25, 2013.

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is convening the event in partnership with Alliance Française Accra, Brand Woman Africa, National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Institut Francais and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts in Nigeria.

The theme for this year’s AWIFF is Creating Compelling Social Justice Content for Film and Television.

Speakers include Ade Solanke, who wrote the screenplay for Nigerian director Tunde Kelani’s forthcoming film, Dazzling Mirage; Akosua Adoma Owusu, Director of KWAKU ANANSE; Amaka Igwe who has to her credit production of over 400 hours of TV programming and movies; and Anita Erskine, Host of Making of a Mogul.

Other speakers at the three-day event are, Dr Beti Ellerson, Assistant Professor at Denison University; Dr Sionne Neely, Knowledge Management Specialist at AWDF; Dr Yaba Blay, Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University and Consulting Producer for CNN’s Black in America 5 – Who is Black in America?; François d’Artemare, Founder of Les Films de l’Après-Midi; Korkor Amarteifio, Associate Director of the Institute for Music and Development; and Kwaw Ansah, Director of Love Brewed in the African Pot.

Lodi Matsetela, script writer and producer of 'Society'

Lodi Matsetela, script writer and producer of ‘Society’

The rest are, Lodi Matsetela, script writer and producer of Society, originally flighted on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC); Prof. Linus Abraham, Rector of NAFTI; Sarah Bouyain, Director of Notre Etrangere/The Place in Between; Sarah Mukasa, Director of Programmes, AWDF; Sefi Atta, playwright and author of Everything Good Will Come; Stéphanie Soleansky, Cultural Affairs Attaché at Institut Français du Ghana; Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions; Vicentia Akwetey, Dean of Studies, NAFTI and YabaBadoe, Director and Co-Producer of The Witches of Gambaga.

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Communications Specialist at AWDF said in statement that, “The general public in Accra, Ghana can participate in the AWIFF by attending the free film festival. On the 23rd of September we will be screening On The Border by Tsitsi Dangarembga and The Witches of Gambaga by Yaba Badoe at Alliance Française Accra from 6pm.”

“On the 24th of September we will be screening Perished Diamonds by Anita Afonu and Notre Etrangere/The Place in Between by Sarah Bouyain at NAFTI from 6pm,” she added.

According to Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, both Screenings will be followed by a question and answer session between Anita Erskine of Brand Woman Africa, and the filmmakers.

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