About The Future of African Filmmaking

A panel discussion on the future of African filmmaking. Topics include fiction filmmaking on the continent, documentary filmmaking in the diaspora and on the continent, women in African filmmaking, and connecting audiences to continental and diasporic filmmaking.

Participants include:

  • Gaston J.M. Kaboré. Kaboré is a pioneering and award-winning Burkinabé film director. For the last 18 years, he has run Imagine, an institute in Ouagadougou that trains professionals in the television and cinema industries.
  • Claire Diao. Diao is a French-Burkinabè film critic and distributor. She co-founded the Pan-African film critic magazine AWOTELE in 2015 and has been the CEO of the Pan-African film distribution company Sudu Connexion since 2016.
  • Jean-Marie Teno. Teno is a Cameroonian film director and filmmaker, primarily working in documentary film. He has been called "one of Africa's most prolific filmmakers" and his films have won awards at festivals all over the world.
  • Mahen Bonetti. Originally from Sierra Leone, Bonetti is the founder and executive director of African Film Festival, Inc. She has served on panels for FESPACO, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Africa's U.S. diplomatic offices, among others.

Moderated by Akinwumi (Akin) Adesokan, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, and Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University.

This public talk is presented as part of the Best of FESPACO programming, organized in collaboration between IU Cinema, Black Camera, the African Studies Program, and the Center for Documentary Research and Practice.

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