The Inaugural event, HER Africa Film Festival in partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission hosted at the Bioscope Cinema in Maboneng Precinct. It will showcase films from African women filmmakers on the continent and in the diaspora.
The opening night film is from New York based Nefertite Nguvu, making it the first African screening of her applauded film ‘In the Morning’. Nefertite will be in attendance and will take part in a post screening Q and A session moderated by local film producer Makgano Mamabolo.
As the host country, South Africa is screening the never tired gems of the Blingola/NFVF Female produced slate, where an astounding 20 films have been produced to date uncovering the wealth of skill that female filmmakers in our country have.
HER AFRICA! Film Festival is an exciting showcase of music videos, short films, animations, feature films, documentaries and web series. This exhibition is a map of what concerns us, what affects us, what intrigues us and the constant evolution of what defines us as women. The female experience isn’t monolithic and neither is a woman’s approach to the filmmaking craft. The sentiments are aptly encapsulated by Nefertite:
“My goal was to produce a film that not only moves viewers in both familiar and novel ways, but which also announces the emergence of the kind of cinema I think we all, deep down, long for; a cinema that reflects the breath, depth and multitudes of who we are.”
The conference will bring together 40 women journalists (print, radio, television and web) and documentary filmmakers from the 15 member countries to initiate dialogue and share experiences in pursuance of IAWRT’s ongoing work to strengthen women’s voices in and through the media. Taking place from 28 – 29 October 2016.
IAWRT is an international organisation with mission to strengthen initiatives towards ensuring women’s views and values are an integral part of programming in the media and to advance the impact of women in media. The collective has chapters in 15 countries including South Africa.