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Women Visualizing Africa Film Series | Documentary: The Witches of Gambaga

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
12:00 AM
2435 North Quad 105 South State St.

The Witches of Gambaga is the 2010 winner of “Best Documentary” at the Black International Film Festival and the 2nd prize winner for best documentary at the 2011 FESPACO. This documentary deals with a community of women outlawed from society. Accused of witchcraft, they decide to talk about their condition as victims of a wide range of horrendous abuses, which many women are subjected to in the African context. French w/ English subtitles. Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and writer. A graduate of King’s College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. For more information on the film and Bado visit http://www.witchesofgambaga.com/about/
This film series highlights poetic images produced by African women filmmakers. Throughout Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism. As producers, directors, actresses, scriptwriters, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television, and video, they have become the unsung heroines of the moving image in postcolonial Africa. Unfortunately, these immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera lens have overcome social barriers, yet this is often overlooked. Organizers: Professor Frieda Ekotto (Afroamerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature) and Marie Stoll, PhD Candidate (Romance Languages and Literatures) Free and Open to the Public All of these films will be shown at 2435 North Quad (4-6 pm), 105 South State Street. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each film.