Golden Movie Awards Africa in collaboration with the African women’s Development Fund on Monday 4th April 2016, held an African Women In Film Forum, a first of its kind in Ghana to help change the negative narrative of women in through film with producers, directors, actors and film makers across Africa. Panel members for the forum were Rama Brew, Theo Sowa, Nadia Buari,Martha Ankomah and Laurene Abdallah. During an opening remarks here is what the country Director Mimi Andani had to say:
“The Golden Movie Awards Africa is an award scheme that seeks to honor outstanding achievement in the African television, digital media and film industries. This is administered by experts in cinema and television, with the mission of changing the negative narrative of Africa by awarding excellence through films. Our vision is to project and help make the works of the African film makers attractive enough for a global appeal.
Today’s forum is held in partnership with The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF). AWDF is the first pan-African foundation to support the work of women’s rights organizations in Africa.
We will be deliberating on issues of Identity and Originality with the aim of changing the stereotypes of women through film. We edge you all to share your views on these issues as we believe your contribution will go a long way to help achieve this goal”
During the first session of the forum, Nadia Buari, Theo Sowa and Laurene Abdallah lead the discussion on the topic, “Idenity” which encouraged participants to contribute with different views, but with one conclusion at the end of the session that, indeed film makers should represent the African Identity in their films in order to promote Africa across the world
Yvonne Okoro, Martha Ankomah and Rama Brew were the panel for the the second session which was about “Originality” and how African film makers should tell the true stories of Africa in the works.
The event ended with the conclusion amongst participants that Identity and Originality plays a key role in telling true African story in film making.However Juliet Ibrahimm’s self produced short film on Women suffering domestic vilence was shown as well and also in attendance were The president of the Film producers association of Ghana(FIPAG) and some of his members. Find pictures below