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- On 29 June 2013, 19h00, AfricAvenir Windhoek presents the second part of its campaign to highlight World Refugee Day 2013 and to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities. The screening of ‘Man on Ground’ honours the courage, the strength, and determination of women, men, and children, who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. It furthermore honours and commemorates the 5th anniversary of the killing of Mozambican immigrant to South Africa, Ernesto Nhamuave, who was burnt to death by an angry mob in 2008. Man On Ground was directed by by Nigerian Director Akin Omotoso, produced in South Africa in 2011, 80 min.
- Two years after President Goodluck Jonathan pledged to support Nigeria Nollywood movie industry, the federal government has announced commencement of action on a N3 billion intervention fund. It is starting with N300 million for capacity building under the project 'Act Nollywood'. This will come in two phases with the first being a Training Fund of N150 million dedicated to training and skills acquisition. These include Scriptwriting, Directing, Production and Production Design, Special Effects, Lighting, Sound, HD Techniques, Acting, Cinematography, Make-Up, Editing, etc. The second component is the Capacity Development Fund which is also worth N150 million. It will give grants to existing Nigerian-owned private institutes that offer training courses, programs, and technical certification in the movie industry.
- French actor Gérard Depardieu made public his support to the militant feminists ‘Femen’ who are currently being tried in Tunisia. “They are courageous feminists who take responsibility for their actions. They’ve been left to fend for themselves. They’ve been condemned but they didn’t even kill anybody” said Depardieu. The actor who likened himself to a “citizen of the world” is also hoping to add to his growing collection of passports with one from Algeria.