Females making films

The Women of the Sun Film Festival recognises the contribution African women are making to the continent's emerging film industry.
Posted 1 Sep 10 By Design Indaba Creative Work / Design News Comments

The first film festival dedicated to African women takes place at the Bioscope Cinema in Jo’burg between 2 and 9 September 2010.  The Women of the Sun Film Festival is a showcase 25 films by 23 female filmmakers, all from the African continent.

A variety of genres and styles can be seen at the film festival, from family dramas to social justice documentaries and experimental films.

Presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, the Gauteng Film Festival and the Department of Arts and Culture, Women of the Sun hopes to change the perception that filmmaking is a male domain.

The festival will run alongside the African Women Filmmaker’s Forum where women from the USA, Germany and sub-Saharan Africa will discuss and formulate strategies to strengthen their presence in the industry.

Highlights at the festival include the Jyoti Mistry’s The Bull on the Roof, Tagreed Elsanhouri from Sudan with her Mother Unknown and All About Darfur, and Kenyan Hawa Essuman’s Soul Boy.

Tickets will be available at the door or can be pre-booked by emailing info@thebioscope.co.za.