Kenyan film Togetherness Supreme is a completed feature film (93 minutes) about violence which followed the disputed elections in Jan-March 2007 in Kenya , and left 1300 dead and over 350000 displaced. One of the areas for the violence in 2007 was the massive slum of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Now this new film tells the story of the post-election violence through the eyes of those who witnessed it. Shot on the Red One Camera, Togetherness Supreme is the first community-based feature film made in an urban slum in Africa.
- From 28 July to 1 August 2010, CFI staff will be in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside African journalists commentating the 17th African Athletics Championship. Organised and produced by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), CFI is a partner to handle the live broadcast on African screens and to support journalists providing commentary. Throughout the championship, CFI will be offering its African TV partners images of the competition with commentary, in French and English, by African professionals trained by two CFI experts.
A24 Media has just done a unique feature on Niger’s current crisis that is available for wide distribution. In Niger 90% of the population depend on Agriculture. But with last year’s rain failure, the country is facing a catastrophic food crisis. Concern Worldwide, an international aid agency, is tackling the crisis by providing drought resistant seeds, distributing cash through mobile phone technology and using local food markets to provide aid. All this makes for a unique approach towards humanitarian aid. Runtime: 07 minute 51 seconds
Launched in 2000 and 2003 respectively, Business Africa and Initiative Africa are two 30-minute long magazine-format TV programmes produced in French, English and Portuguese by People TV press agency. Both shows are broadcast every two weeks on 45 national African channels. Sylvain Beletre interviewed its chief editor and presenter Oumarou Barry to find out more.
- On July 18 2010, as eyes across the continent turn to DStv channel 198 for the launch of M- Net’s “Big Brother All Stars”, Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul will took centre stage. The mission…. to take on a 91 day reality journey in the search for “a winner takes all” grand prize of USD 200 000!
- Organisers of Discop Africa, already the most established TV market in Sub-Saharan Africa, announced today that more than 120 buyers have already registered for Discop Africa 4, as the event returns to Nairobi, Kenya 1-3, September 2010 at the Hilton.
On July 16th. 2010, A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, launched a deeply insightful and powerful documentary titled Kikulacho - The Bite Within, at the Silverbird Cinemas in Nairobi.
African Film Library is still in beta phase and will be launching the full video-on-demand service shortly, Dstvo confirmed to Sylvain Beletre at Balancing Act. “we have no official launch date just yet, but we are working frantically at it so we are hoping for the very near future!” confirmed a Dstvo representative.
The African Film Library is an M-Net initiative showcasing the best of the African film industry – making the movies easily accessible for movie aficionados.
- The Africadoc Movement (for an event called “Le Louma”) welcomed about 100 docu-makers, producers and commissioning editors (TV, festival, mobile cinema) to enhance financing & distribution of African documentaries. Over the 10 days’ event held from the 2 to 10th. June 2010 in Saint-Louis (Sénégal), attendees could go to a buyers’ “videotheque” room, co- production meetings, as well as market and training sessions. A catalogue of approximately 170 African and Africa-related documentary films is available for global buyers and Africadoc has one year to sell these documentaries.
Nigeria’s leading film producers will be showcasing their latest productions at this year’s Broadcast & Film Africa Conference, to be held in Nairobi over 28-29 July.
AITEC Africa, the event organiser, has announced an exciting programme, including a Nollywood Pavilion in the exhibition running alongside the conference. Over 20 Nollywood film-makers will participate in the conference, to promote their products to broadcasters and distributors that will be attending the event from throughout Africa. Nigerian films have become increasingly popular among East African TV viewers.
Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo in 2011 as part of its six state-of-the-art cinemas with full digital sound in the Polokwane Mall of the North shopping centre. The cinema complex is 2100m2, seats 996 patrons and is expected to create employment for between 15 and 20 people.