Images of Black Women Film Festival
Feb 29 - Mar 1 - Mar 2 -Mar 29
This year's festival will open with our "Remember & Reflect" forum, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's assassination. The festival's opening film "Talk to Me", from US black woman director Kasi Lemmons gives an insight into the black empowerment movement of the 60's. The film “ features Hollywood A list Don Cheadle & Chiwetel Ejiofor -will be the catalyst for a discussion panel around today's youth and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
Further screenings will highlight women's role during this era: "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks" (US) by Lisa-Gay Hamilton, a documentary that celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards. Films such as "Loving Hand: The Sybil Phoenix Story" (UK) by Lucia Tambini & "Gerty Archimede: The people Candidate" (Guadeloupe) by Mariette Montpierre will show the similarities and differences between women's struggle against discrimination in France & the UK.
Furthermore the slogan "Black is beautiful" will be revisited with US comedy "Phat Girlz" (film's sound track: "You Are My African Queen" by 2face Idibia, Nigeria) by Nnegest Likke followed by a discussion panel to explore mainstream influence on the way black women feel about themselves. The film's main male character, who is rising Hollywood talent Jimmy Jean-Louis better known as the Haitian from TV series "Heroes" will have a Q&A's session with the audience. He will also introduce the Haitian film "Cousines" by Richard Senecal.
Special event featuring the UK premieres of films by two African Women Filmmakers;
Have you ever wondered why African women have such beautiful smile?
Have you ever wondered how Muslim & Non-Muslim people have shared the same country in peace for centuries? Have you ever heard of the film genre: the African Western?
This exceptional and unique forum will take you by surprise with films such as "My Beautiful Smile" and "Senegalese Women & Islam" by Angele Diabang-Brenner; and the Award winning film, "Al'leesi, An African Actress" by Filmmaker/journalist Rahmatou Keiita from Niger. Both filmmakers will have Q&A's with the audience.
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A new marketplace provides free listings of Black Women entrepreneurs and a new store features products that appeal to Black women around the world.The Women of the African Diaspora website (http://blackwomenineurope.blogspot.com/2008/01/www.aesn.eu/bwie), a place for Black women around the globe to find information, inspiration and more launches a new Marketplace and Store.
The Marketplace will feature Black women in Business by telling their story, describing their business and will list which entrepreneurs are available to mentor aspiring business women.The Marketplace listings are available free of charge. Any Black women interested in participating simply need to email their information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women of the African Diaspora store is comprised of items of interest to Black women including music, jewellery and more. The store is a great place for one-stop shopping.Companies interested in reaching Black women around the world are invited to advertise on the Women of the African Diaspora website (http://aesn.eu/bwie/ads.html).
The Women of the African Diaspora website was launched on November 1, 2007 by Sandra Rafaela in the Netherlands of the Afro European Sisters Network and Adrianne George of the Black Women in Europe blog. In addition to the website there is a social network which provides a safe place for Black women around the world.