Africa Now March 9, 2016
Topics: The Legacy of Ousmane Sembene; Celebrating Women’s History Month; The Work of an African Woman Filmmaker; and New African Films in the DMV
Topics and Guests: The Sembene! film documents the life of Ousmane Sembene—popularly referred to as “father of African cinema.” As the film’s abstract states “This documentary tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. …” Joining Africa Now! to discuss Sembene—both the film and the man—is Dr. Samba Gadjigo who is co-director of the film Sembene! with Jason Silverman. Dr. Samba Gadjigo is a professor of French specializing in French-speaking Africa and African cinema, at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Professor Gadjigo is author of the books Ousmane Sembene. The Making of a Militant Artist and Ousmane Sembene: Une Conscience Africaine; and has written extensively in several scholarly journals.
As Africa Now! continues to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day which was yesterday March 8, Africa Now continues to highlight important issues in society of particular concern to women. On today’s show Africa Now! is going to feature the work of African filmmaker Ms. Hermon Hailay. Ms. Hermon Hailay is one of Ethiopia’s leading female filmmakers who tackles complex social issues in her new film Price of Love. Africa Now! Will also spotlight new African films coming to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Since the mid-1990s or so Africa has seen an explosion of films. The Nigeria film industry or also known as Nollywood has been the leader in the continent. In Lagos alone there are over 500 films made yearly. In terms of revenue only Hollywood and Bollywood have greater returns. Now joining Africa Now! to discuss further about the New African Film Festival is one of the presenters, Ms. Kishere Mbuya CEO of afrikafé. The 12th annual New African Film Festival is being presented by afrikafé, AFI Silver and Africa World Now Project March 11 to 18, 2016 at AFI Silver in Silver Spring, MD.
Africa Now! continues to highlight important issues in society of particular concern to women; and feature show’s regular Women’s History Month Profile. Today Africa Now! Executve Producer James Pope focuses on the work and philosophies of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
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