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OWM Presents: Stories from across Africa + Q&A

Thu, 24 September 2020 | 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Join us for a programme of short docs showcasing untold stories from across Africa, curated from the One World Media Fellowship programme.

In partnership with Bertha Dochouse, we are hosting an online screening of select documentary shorts directed by talented emerging filmmakers.

From a group of women in North-Eastern Senegal using renewable energy to fight desertification, to a female shepherd in Morocco connecting with her land, these shorts explore a fascinating range of experiences of women across Africa – reversing traditional roles, fighting stigma, reflecting on agency, and the complexities of migration.

Please note: The programme of shorts will be available to view from 5pm on Tuesday 22 September until Thursday 24 September. This will be followed by a live Q&A with the filmmakers at 5pm on Thursday 24 September, so make sure to watch the films in advance and join the live discussion!

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THE FILMS

The Energy to Stay

Directed by Carlotta Dotto

A group of women in North-Eastern Senegal are using new technologies and renewable energy to fight desertification and food poverty – at the same time reversing the traditional female roles in the area.

In North-Eastern Senegal women are often left alone, with husbands, children, and brothers having migrated to other countries, struggling to face the land’s increasing desertification and food insecurity. Five years ago, a group of women from five rural villages along the Senegal River Valley, supported by the NGO Green Cross and the Italian Agency for Cooperation, joined forces to develop solar-powered water-pumping systems that save 70% of the water. Since then, each year they have been able to produce enough food to feed over 900 people in the nearby villages and to retrain desertified lands, as well as improving the live conditions and creating job opportunities, thereby generating an alternative to migration.

Director: Carlotta Dotto is a data journalist at First Draft, a non-profit organization working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. She has previously worked on data-led investigations and multimedia interactive projects for The Times, The Guardian, La Repubblica, the BBC, covering issues surrounding migration, climate change and social justice. She is interested in using digital tools to carry out in-depth investigations and keep exploring new narrative formats. She graduated from the MA Digital Journalism program at Goldsmiths two years ago.

Duration: 10mins      Film location: Senegal

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Utapata Mwingine (You Will Get Another One)

Directed by Lydia Matata

A Kenyan woman is determined to help other parents struggling with pregnancy and infant child loss, while fighting the stigma that parents who’ve lost a child should simply move on and get another one.

Utapata Mwingine (You Will Get Another One) is a documentary about the impact of stigma and silence surrounding Pregnancy and Infant Child Loss (PAIL) in Kenya. The film follows the founder of Empower Mama, Vivian Gaiko, a young Kenyan woman who lost her two-week old daughter after a sudden illness in 2014. Vivian set up Empower Mama, an organization that supports grieving parents, to help others in her community and to raise awareness about the negative consequences of ignoring a parent’s grief. Her initiative includes holding public commemorations where parents can openly remember the children that they lost.

Director: Lydia Matata is a Kenyan filmmaker and independent journalist. She is currently directing her first feature documentary, Better Sundays. In 2015, the project was selected for a grant and mentorship program by Docubox. In 2017, she received an opportunity to pitch her project at the Durban Filmmart in South Africa. Lydia is a 2018 Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund fellow and grant recipient. As a journalist, her work has received recognition from the Media Council of Kenya which awarded her the Gender Reporting Award in 2015. She also received the Young Journalist of The Year Award in 2014.

Duration: 18mins      Film location: Kenya

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Radia

Directed by Erica Beebe

A Moroccan shepherd named Radia reflects on her destiny, and connects with the land that both gives and takes from her.

Radia, a Moroccan shepherd and farmer whose childhood circumstances prevented her from accessing an education, demonstrates how girls and women are prescribed their fates at a young age. Radia reflects on the idea of agency and how invention, determination and achievement exist independently of anyone’s permission.

Director: Erica Beebe is a first time director from Minneapolis, MN. She recently earned an MA in documentary film directing from the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, she was awarded a production grant from One World Media. She currently works as a digital producer and freelance director in Minneapolis.

Duration: 14mins      Film location: Morocco

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Wax + Gold

Directed by Hazel Falck

Six women share their expectations and reflections on the decision to migrate from Ethiopia to work in the Middle East.

Created in collaboration with six locally-founded organisations in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, this film combines some of the ambitions, hopes and concerns of women deciding whether to migrate, with the reflections, challenges and advice from those who have migrated and returned home to Ethiopia. The film is part of a series of longer interviews, facilitating conversation and reflection around the complexities of migrating for work.

Director: Hazel Falck is an emerging filmmaker based in London. She worked as a Producer in the UK, US and east Africa before focusing on independent documentary projects. She is a Research and Practise Fellow at the Centre of Film and Ethics, Queen Mary University London.

Duration: 15mins      Film location: Ethiopia

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