Opening Night African & Asian Diaspora Film Fest
Opening night will begin with a potluck and drum circle. Drumming communities invited. Lead by Lillian Carr. The films to follow are
Marie-Madeleine: A Female Chief
A woman is to be enthroned as chief in Nkol Ngock I, a small village in Cameroon. This is a rare occurrence in most African societies where the position of chief is customarily handed down from father to son. This documentary presents a rare glimpse into a community undergoing change. Social attitudes towards gender equality are changing, as men openly acknowledge and speak about the importance of women in development. One man says "women are doing more to encourage development than men. I believe a female chief will bring new things."
Even though some villagers consider Marie-Madeleine a 'stranger' because she lives in the capital city of Yaoundé, she is determined to learn about her culture and integrate into village life.
Florence AYISI is an award-winning professor of International Documentary Film at the University of South Wales, UK. She has taught film and media studies at various universities in the UK for over 20 years.
The main focus and vision of Florence's film-making is constructing and presenting counter cinematic narratives from a woman-centered and Pan-African perspective - telling African stories in which the subjects have 'agency' and a 'voice'. Her work refocuses the cinematic lens to not only decolonize the African gaze and image, but to also redefine how African people and their cultures are perceived and imagined.
Gummi Bear is a story about a brother and sister who learn the extent of their autonomy through a series of everyday occurrences on a day of these kids just trying to be kids.
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