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Spacecom CEO Pollack to step down

Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack has announced his resignation from the Israeli satellite operator.

In a statement made to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on October 31, the company announced that the company has “entered into negotiations” with Pollack over “concluding his position”.

The company added that it will make a further statement when both parties “have reached an agreement on terms and timing” and that the company’s executive board committee will search for a new CEO.

Pollack joined the company from Israel Aerospace Industries. There, he held several key positions in the Space Systems Division. Prior to tkat, Pollack served in the Israel Air Force, retiring from active service with the rank of Colonel.

The CEO guided Spacecom through a tricky few years following the 2016 launchpad explosion of the AMOS-6 satellite. More than just the hardware, the explosion also cost Spacecom a US$286 million acquisition from Shanghai’s Xinwei Technology and a US$95 million contract with Facebook.

The company returned to profitability in 2018.

The announcement follows the successful launch of the company’s AMOS-17 satellite in August.

Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International, AMOS-17 is a high-power, high throughput satellite designed to meet Africa’s communication demands. Its payload will provide C-Band HTS, Ka-band and Ku-band capabilities, enabling the combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams. It will offer connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, Europe, India, China and as far west as Brazil.

The launch was complemented a month later with the news that the operator had struck a deal with ViewMedia to provide DVBS-2 broadcast services to West Africa.

Source: Digital TV Europe

Meet The Filmmaker Reinventing How African Women Are Portrayed In Movies

Rosine Mbakam, left, says she chose to shoot all images and sound herself to maintain an equal relationship with the subjects of her films.

Icarus Films

In Cameroon's Bamiléké culture, a woman gives birth to her child surrounded by the entire family. The following days are filled with post-birth customs and traditions.

Rosine Mbakam, a Cameroonian filmmaker, did not get to experience these traditions. She gave birth to her first son in Belgium in 2012, alone in the hospital with her husband. Thinking about her family back home, she started crying, she says now. And then, after some time, she began writing.

"I started to just write a portrait of my mother because I was missing her," Mbakam says. "I started to just write all the conversations that I wanted to have with my mother, all the questions that I wanted to ask her. And that's how the project grew and became the film that it is today."

The result, The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman, is a documentary chronicling Mbakam's return to Cameroon for the first time in seven years, since she first left to study film in Belgium in 2007. Coming back as a wife and mother, she engages the women in her family and her community of the Bamiléké ethnic group in conversations about their rituals and experiences. The two faces in the title, she explains, represent their two generations — what they share, how they differ and what they can still learn from one another. Read the full article on NPR here.