Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Ndiva Women’s Film Festival launched

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival launched

By John Elliot HAGAN, Accra
NDIVA Women’s Film Festival (NWFF), a festival with the focus to celebrate African women Filmmakers and women of African descent in the filmmaking chain, has been launched in Accra.

It will create the space where African women filmmakers can network, collaborate, exhibit their works and celebrate each other.
The festival also aims to create artistic platforms for the presentation of work by, for and about African women and women of the African Diaspora or of African Heritage.
Speaking at the launch, the President of NWFF, Aseye Tamakloe, said through NWFF, doors will be open to stories that drive the narrative of Africa.
This, she said, will also pave way for African film makers to share their experiences with international audience while allowing international filmmakers also to share in the rich culture of Africa.
“We believe that the images we see and stories we tell are important to who we are as a people,” she stated.
According to her, Ghana is poised to welcome film makers from around the globe annually to celebrate the art of filmmaking.
Although there are number of women and feminist film festivals all over the world, Aseye lamented that these spaces are not enough, and when it comes to women filmmakers of African descent, there is still the quietness that lingers.
Professor Esi Sutherland, an academician, who delivered the keynote address, advised African women filmmakers to equally tell the positive and inspiring stories of Africa, and not stories about only vulnerabilities in Africa.
She said there was the need for women technical capabilities recognised in order to bring the hidden talents in them.
Professor Sutherland also appealed to all stakeholders to support women filmmakers financially to enhance the work they do.
The Guest of Honour at the event, Dr Mary Ashun, who doubles as the Principal of Ghana International School, (GIS) lauded the initiative, saying “this is a timely platform being created to take our Africa movie industry to the next level”.
She pledged her outfit’s support in any capacity to help the initiative achieve the desired goal
The Festival will take place first week in November 2017.

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