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- Village on Stilt
- King Bansah and His Daughter
- NYARA "The Kidnapping"
- Nollywood: Filmbusiness African Style
- Toxic Business
- The English Teacher
- The Bronze Men of Cameroon
- Life Appointment
- The Wikipedia Promise
- Lies of Eyes
- The Poor People
- Dreaming of Words
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Nicolás P. Villarreal was born and raised in La Plata, Argentina. He studied at the Escuela of Animación y Cinematografía de Avellaneda where he earned a degree in 2D Animation. While studying animation, he was taken under the wing of Miguel Alzugaray, a well-known fine artist from Argentina. He continued studying animation and fine art painting until he entered the Master’s Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Villarreal graduated with honors in the Spring of 2002, and since then he has been working as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor and Visual Development artist for films and video games including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, Reel FX, Digital Domain, Duncan Studios, and Amazon Studios among others. He has given presentations at Pixar Animation Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Apple, Stanford University, The Sydney Opera House, and several universities in South America and Europe as well as a TEDx talk.
Josaphat Kwame Agbee holds a Masters Degree in Communication Design from the University of Science and Technology KUMASI and a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from the University Of Education Winneba. As a young CEO, Josaphat oversees the development and execution of the production company’s vision and future strategies, his key responsibility includes managing client development, strategic partnership and key aspects of film production. He has guided the company that saw growth of its film production over this few years.
In the German city of Ludwigshafen on the Rhine river lives a man who fixes cars in his own
car shop while at the same time being king to over 200,000 people in Ghana. King Céphas Bansah, who has lived in Germany since 1970, governs his people from Ludwigshafen. He travels to West Africa several times a year to check on his aid projects and to be available to people on site. His daughter Katharina (38), whose mother is German, was born and raised in Ludwigshafen. She is a free-lance graphic designer, a feminist free spirit, an artist, hippie and: a king’s daughter.
In recent years, father and daughter have been experiencing a growing hostility towards them from the white German majority society. Their reactions to that experience could not be more different. He – the exotic majesty – thinks assimilation and gratitude are key to successful integration. He successfully finances major essential aid projects in Ghana with the help of German donors. She, on the other hand, is sick and tired of proving to be ‘German enough’: “I have tried everything. But it’s never enough. And if it isn’t enough, I don’t want it to be enough. If that’s the case, I have to find other solutions for my life.”
Father and daughter go on a journey together. For the first time after many years, Katharina accompanies her father to his kingdom in Ghana. She wants to get back in touch with that part of her identity, she wants to recharge her spiritual batteries and figure out if she wants to succeed to the throne someday. On this intense journey, Katharina sees her father with new eyes and realizes the meaning her Ghanaian side has for her life – and which it does not.
Rehema, the daughter of a rich businessman Adam Mbena is kidnapped by an infamous gang of criminals. Adam is extorted and has only 24 hours to pay a ransom or lose his only beloved daughter.
Adam seeks help from Faith Komba, a detective officer and her squad of three young agents Paul, Baraka and Santos to rescue Rehema as soon as possible.
Nyara is the debut feature film from Wanene Entertainment, and is set to release in cinemas all over Tanzania on the 30th of December.
It is the first locally produced action film to be mixed in 5.1 and released in cinema.
Ilzé Myburgh’s passion has always been about telling inspirational stories. As a freelance producer and director she strives to create emotional compelling films. She has worked across various platforms; ie short films, commercials, music videos, animation and documentaries and some of her work has achieved international awards for producing and directing.
Charles Badenhorst has worked as director, animation director, D.O.P, animator and sound designer on various award-winning short films. In his individual capacity he has directed and animated two poetry-films which have won awards nationally and internationally. “What abou de lo?” won the Jury Prize at the First Weimar Poetry Film Festival in Weimar, Germany, and the Special Jury Prize at Festival Silencio in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. “What abou de lo?” was the first film to form part of the Constitutional Court of South Africa’s Art collection in 2020.
Diek Grobler is currently completing a PhD in Art History at the University of South Africa on Narrative Strategies in Animated Poetry. Grobler has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections in South Africa. He has worked in a variety of media and disciplines: Ceramic sculpture, oil, and gouache paintings and scraperboard drawings. He also works in time based disciplines: Performance art, computer aided 2D animation and stop-motion animation and has won many international awards for his work.
“The second largest film industry in the world” (UNESCO) is called Nollywood and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. The success story of the eccentric dream factory is also shaped by a German tech-investor.
The opportunities in the burgeoning industry attract diverse characters. Director Abba Makama sees the moment for an intellectual cinematic movement, a sort of Nigerian New Wave. Bastian Gotter, a young investor from Berlin, tells how he and his Nigerian partner – almost by accident – succeeded in founding the largest streaming service in Africa. Popcorn
cinema producer Don Omope also wants to make use of the positive spirit: “We are here to become the Nigerian Tarantinos and Steven Spielbergs.”
The documentary is available in English, German or German with English Subtitles!-
A documentary on the profits international chemical companies are gaining in Africa at cost of the health of small-scaled-farmers and consumers.
International chemical companies sell high toxic agro-chemicals in Kenya, which are banned since long in Europe. They are banned because their ingredients cause cancer and have a major negative impact on the nature and environment. Anyhow – in developing countries like Kenya those toxic chemicals are sold without any regulations through small agro-shops all over the country. The small scaled farmers do believe in the promises of better and safer harvest those companies give. Today, the use of pesticides even inside the villages is already a daily business. Furthermore many of them already depend on hybrid seeds, old and resistant seeds supplants. Most of the consumers do not have the knowledge, how dangerous those agro-chemicals are: the WHO announced that annually 346.000 people die, caused by accidentally poisoning with those chemicals, 2/3 of them within developing countries.
In the face of world food, industry is trying to push its way into the markets. On the contrary, statistics and alternative farming methods in East Africa show that it no longer needs chemicals and hybrid seeds to feed the world, but a general rethinking.
English teacher Kofi Frimpong is starting classes once again for immigrants at a local language school in Toronto. Before starting the lesson, Taranjit Bains interrupts him to ask where the instructor is. Unsatisfied that Mr. Frimpong is teaching the class, Taranjit does not return. This isn’t the first time Mr. Frimpong’s legitimacy to teach the subject has been questioned, but it eats away at him nonetheless.
The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is an intimate portrait of a community of bronze artisans in Foumban, the ‘City of Arts’. Bronze casting is a valued cultural heritage of the Bamum People in the Western Region of Cameroon. This film presents bronze craftsmen at work. It presents rare insights into their expertise in producing unique bronze sculptures that are inscribed with symbolic images and narratives of collective memory, identity and the Bamum character.
The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is also about threats to cultural continuity as global trends negatively impact on indigenous practices. Bamum bronze casting is endangered! The bronze craftsmen are facing challenges in sustaining and safeguarding their unique cultural heritage that has formed their collective social memory. The raw materials for their cherished traditional art practice are scare. The artists are facing competition from Chinese migrants who are buying the materials in large quantities and exporting to their country. Bronze casting activities are slowly declining. The foundries are closing down! Some bronze Artists are turning to farming and other trades. The artisans are fearful and uncertain “whether in the future Bamum’s bronze art could disappear” and, with it, a tradition and their sense of belonging that has defined their identity, culture, and history for several generations. Are these the last generation of bronze craftsmen in the Bamum Kingdom?
I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, until I realized it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great… Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women? “Negra” shows the director in her search of exploring what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity.
A man in his seventies suffering from loneliness blames himself for the past and gets into a life changing situation
14 year old Njillan, one of the top students in her class, has just been awarded a government scholarship to pursue her secondary education. Excited to share this achievement with
her family, she is welcomed with bad news: Her father has given her away in marriage to Sengan, despite the protests from her mother.
Njillan is forced to let go of her dreams and fulfil her marital duties. She falls pregnant and faces complications while giving birth to her son, Modi. She doesn’t survive. Modi grows up and
is initiated into manhood by his grandfather, Njillan’s father. Now a man, he has the opportunity to carry forward the culture of child marriage or reverse the trends and protect his future daughters. He has an encounter with the spirit of his mother, telling her story and pleading him to break the cycle.
MÉBÉT tells the story of one girl’s attempt to turn the tragedies of the past into lessons for the future. It is a conversation across generations to deliver positive change. The film showcases
aspects of West-African culture to counter the negative narratives about the continent, and portray the reality of our journeys through stories of resilience and hope.
Freshly retired, a man doesn’t know how to occupy his days. For fear of being killed by boredom, he gets involved in the crazy project of building a boat in the cellar of his suburban house.
Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia of all time – by looking at the inner life of Wikipedia, the documentary deals with issues of perspective, representation and Western-centrism.
In 2001, Jimmy Wales created the first entry on Wikipedia: “Hello world”. Today, 20 years later, Wikipedia contains more than 50 million articles, English Wikipedia alone has more than 300 million clicks per day.
Wikipedia begins with a promise: knowledge production, which for millennia was in the hands of elites, is to be radically democratized. Anyone can contribute, regardless of education level or background. Is the online project a utopia come true?
The film gives a plattform to the people behind the façade of the website: the “Wikipedians”. In the film, authors from Egypt, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Tunisia and the USA have their say.
Wikipedia can be seen as a mirror of a society in which old perspectives are faltering. Women and people from the global South are still underrepresented on Wikipedia, but more and more authors no longer want to accept this status quo.
Twenty years after its founding, has THE WIKIPEDIA PROMISE been kept? Is today’s Wikipedia conservative or radical? Is it an online re-launch of Eurocentric knowledge production or a truly global project?
A new doctor has just arrived at a nursing home, where he meets a patient tormented by a past which he cannot remember. This doctor will help him do it, without anticipating the consequences.
In a world where everything takes place in perfect symmetry, a frustrated man struggles to find his place in the bigger picture. Fred strives to harmonize with his surroundings, and despite his persistent efforts, he does not come closer to his need for belonging. Fred must break free from the circle before hopelessness consumes him, but he cannot do it alone.
A short PSA with a crew composed entirely of college and high school students to spread awareness to all, especially youth, about the importance of staying inside and locking down. Footage edited by Destiny Brown (compiled stock), with Drone Footage by Brandon Armstrong, lyrics by Imani Turner, and Music by Roy’el Byrd.
Lies of Eyes is the story of a girl with multiple personalities.
Katerina is a lost person of her own. In a lost lifestyle fantasy, she constantly lives the same things but in different identities.
She feeds her soul with illusory of a world where she is everyone and yet no one.
an ugly woman, a lookism man, a love story between two people
Logline: While a storm rages, Vera prays for her husband, a fisherman who is at sea, and five hungry children who sleep next to her. The fisherman nearly drowns. Vera visits a neighbor who has two small children and finds her dead.
Sinopsis: A fisherman is about to drown in a raging sea. In a hut, Vera, wife of the fisherman, cradles her baby and puts her down next to the four sleeping children. Vera cries and prays for the fisherman to stay alive. The eldest son wakes up and asks her if dad is back. Vera takes a slice of the only loaf of bread they have and runs through the forest. She enters a neighbor’s hut and finds her neighbor dead rocking a cradle with two small children in it with her cold hand.
Vera prays and then goes on sewing a sail at home. The fisherman returns home. Vera causiously tells him about the tragedy and the orphans. The fisherman suggests getting the children. He wonders why Vera doesn’t want to get them, and Vera shows him that the children are already there.
Njattyela Sreedharan, a fourth standard drop-out, compiles a dictionary connecting four Indian languages. Travelling across four states and doing extensive research, he spent twenty five years making the multilingual dictionary. This unique dictionary offers a comparative study of Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. ‘Dreaming of Words’ traces Sreedharan’s life, work, love for languages and the struggles to get the dictionary published. The film also explores the linguistic and cultural diversity in India.