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My Sunshine, Loop: Every End Has A Beginning make COVID-19 film competition final

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Nigeria’s Chioma Divine Favour Mathias and Faith Ilevbare have made the final stage of African Women in the Time of COVID-19 Short Film Competition.

The other women whose works were selected include, Malak El Araby (Egypt), Fezeka Tholakele (South Africa), Hellen Samina Ochieng (Kenya), Aurelie Stratton (South Africa), Wambui Gathee (Kenya), Yehoda Adukwei Hammond (Ghana), Skinnor Davillah Agello (Kenya) and Neha Manoj Shah (Kenya).

They were part of the 200 women from 18 African countries, who shared their stories on a diversity of topics with dominant themes of domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, resilience and hope.

The competition is organised by Ladima Foundation, in partnership with DW Akademie.

The 10 selected films are, Being, Blunder, Moyo, My Sunshine, I’ll Call You Later Love, Zawadi, Worlds Apart, The Tempest, Face Mask for Sale and Loop: Every End Has a Beginning.

These films will premiere via a live stream on July 10 and then be available for viewing on various platforms from July 11.

The competition invited African women to share their stories about the personal, economic, and social impact of COVID-19 in Africa.

And as the organisers noted, “the films submitted sadly reflected the extremely difficult circumstances that many African women are facing. The stories have shown how in too many cases that the pandemic has indeed impacted women harder and in different ways than on their male counterparts.”

The films were chosen by a panel of expert judges including, Cornélia Glele, a journalist, blogger and filmmaker from Benin, Lizelle Bisschoff, a researcher and curator of African film, and founder of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland, Nse Ikpe-Etim, a multiple-award-winning Nigerian actor with over a decade of active years on stage and screen, Professor Martin Mhando, a Research Fellow with Murdoch University, Western Australia and an award-winning filmmaker and experienced festival director, as well as Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann who makes both short and long films, both fiction and documentary and whose prior work includes a mélange of essayist documentary, photography and poetry, the majority of which she shot, directed, produced, and recorded sound for herself.


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