AfricaNow! March 1, 2017
Topics: African Stories in New Films and Celebrating the Work of An African Woman Filmmaker
Topics and Guests: As Women’s History Month commences, AfricaNow! spotlights the work of a rising African woman filmmaker Salome Mulugeta who is on the show today discussing her work in general and her debut film Woven. Woven is a multilayered story about love, loss, responsibility and forgiveness, that upends expectations, showcasing Ethiopian culture and shining a light on the nuanced complexity of life in an interconnected world. The production is a debut feature film by Ethiopian-born co-director Salome Mulugeta who also stars as Elenie, a young Ethiopian-American psychologist determined to uncover the truth after a mysterious crime takes the life of her only brother. Moving back to New York to console her mother, Elenie finds herself torn between cultural expectations and her own fiercely independent spirit…(From New African Film Festival) Ms. Salome Mulugeta Co-Director of and lead actress in the film Woven who will be at the screening of the production on March 18 and 19 at the 13th Annual New African Film Festival presented by afrikafé, AFI Silver and Africa World Now Project March 9 to 19 at AFI Silver in Silver Spring, MD.
The show also features filmmaker Izu Ojukwu of ’76 which opens the New African Film Festival on March 9 at AFI Silver. In this hotly anticipated political thriller from superstar director Izu Ojukwu (recently dubbed "the Nigerian Spielberg"), Nollywood favorites Ramsey Nouah and Rita Dominic star as a respected army officer and his wife, caught in the crosshairs of the attempted 1976 military coup against the government of General Murtala Mohammed. Hailing from culturally disparate parts of Nigeria, the couple eagerly anticipate their first child, while their families adamantly disapprove of the intercultural marriage….(From New African Film Festival)
The biggest African film festival is taking place this week in Burkina Faso. The 25th edition of FESPACO (Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou) commenced on February 25 and ends on March 4. 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 on the continent. In Lagos alone there are over 500 films made yearly. In terms of production of films only Bollywood is bigger. In terms of revenue only Hollywood and Bollywood have in the greater returns. As mentioned above the Washington DC Metropolitan area later this month also features an African film festival—the New African Film Festival presented by afrikafé, AFI Silver and Africa World Now Project. Joining AfricaNow! to discuss further about the New African Film Festival is one of the presenters, Ms. Kishere Mbuya CEO of afrikafé.
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