Africa: Festival Spotlights African Women Filmmakers

4 November 2016


Johannesburg — At the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg's trendy, gentrifying Maboneng neighbourhood last week, the two-day HER Africa Film Festival showcased films and web series from across the globe, including Mali, the U.S., Burkina Faso and elsewhere.

Hosted by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), it was the first ever all female film festival in Africa.

Many of the IAWRT's more than 500 members from more than 50 countries were in attendance for a regional conference, which included workshops on safety for female journalists, meetings to discuss how to even gender ratios in newsrooms and the film festival as the finale.

"One strength with this organization is that we are meeting from so many different countries," said Gunilla Ivarsson, president of IAWRT. "When we are sitting down together, face-to-face, doing this kind of work, we have so much to learn from each other."
  Source: IPS 2 November 2016