Women filmmakers in Africa


Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British filmmaker and author. Last year she had a success with The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, a documentary film that explores one of Africa's foremost writers and her creative journey over seven decades, from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa. Yaba Badoe is one of many women filmmakers highlighted in a new exhibition at the Nordic Africa Institute’s library.

"Part of NAI’s mission is to give voice to our African colleagues. The library does that primarily by collecting and disseminating research literature published in Africa. But films are also important, not least because of their strong capacity to make people take part of stories" , says Åsa Lund Moberg, head of the NAI Library.

"Sarah Maldoror, one of the first women to direct a feature film in Africa, once said 'The African woman must be everywhere: on the screen, behind the camera, in the editing room, in every stage of the making of a film'. Through this exhibition we hope to give a push and inspire more people to enjoy the excellent movies produced by women in different capacities in Africa", says Åsa Lund Moberg.

Th library welcomes all visitors to the exhibition that will continue until March 31 st.  Here are a few trailers of movies that you can borrow there:

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo by Yaya Badoe, awarded Best Documentary at the Silicon Valley Film Festival

Casablanca Calling, by Rosa Rogers, an intimate portrait of three Morchidat, a society in transition, and a mission to educate a nation.

Congo’s Women Warriors, by Stephanie Lamorre, a documentary that looks at a group often thought of as merely victims of the war; women.

There's more
Here’s a list of more films, by and on women, that you can borrow at the NAI Library: http://bit.ly/21YzQg2

Of course, there are lots of books and articles on this subject as well: http://bit.ly/1RxSjIR

This and much more can be found at the NAI Library. Come and let us guide you!

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