Posted by: African Children's Book Project | February 18, 2012

Africa: Women Filmmakers Tell Their Stories

Africa's Heartbeat

Drum roll please …. here it is! My friend Genet Lakew  and I worked on a project reflecting African women filmmakers on behalf of allAfrica. Blow is the story and you can also check it out  at

Documentary filmmaking holds a special place in the history of African women’s cinema. In 1972, Senegalese filmmaker Safi Faye became the first sub-Saharan African woman to make a commercially distributed feature film when she directed “Kaddu Beykat”. The film, a mixture of fiction and documentary, depicts the economic problems suffered by Senegalese village farmers because of agriculture policies that Faye says rely on an outdated, colonial system of groundnut monoculture. Faye would go on to direct several documentaries often focused on rural life in her native Senegal.

African women who have taken documentary filmmaking to new levels come from across the continent and handle a wide range of topics. The films…

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