For those interested in research or resources on African women in cinema, a new website is under construction for the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema. The online centre
has as its objective, to provide a space for study and research of myriad topics relating to African women in cinema.
Scholar and filmmaker, Beti Ellerson who started and is running the initiatives spoke of the reasoning behind the centre in an interview with Africine:
Wanting to continue to update and document the experiences of African women in cinema, but realizing the generally fixed state and linearity of the book and film-in hard copy, I followed the trend of new media and social networking to continue the project, which provided the means to continually update information. Understanding the importance of a global database available to anybody, anywhere, I wanted to provide an online resource. I launched the Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema, as a virtual environment in which cultural producers, scholars, students, and the general public may research information relating to African women in cinema: filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals. As social media and video sharing have become central features of the Internet, the Center extends to include the African Women in Cinema Blog, and a presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion.
Currently the website, which is still being developed, provides links to the resource rich African Women in Cinema blog, out of which the centre seems to have grown, as well as a video blog on which you can watch content about and by African women filmmakers and feeds you can follow on social networking sites facebook and twitter.