Monthly Archives: October 2011

Duniya Juyi-Juyi (That’s how life goes), a docudrama made by Kano almajirai about their lives, screening at Goethe Insitut, Kano, Thursday, 27 October 2011, 7pm


“DUNIYA JUYI-JUYI” Film Screening at Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Kano Liaison Office

 Goethe-Institut Kano, the German Cultural Centre, cordially invites you to the public film screening of the docudrama “Duniya Juyi-Juyi” (“That’s how life goes”) at

Goethe-Institut Kano (cibiyar yaa al’adun Jamus)

Gidan Bi Minista (Culture House)

21, Sokoto Road, Nassarawa, G.R.A., Kano

On Thursday (ranar Alhamis), 27th October, 2011 at 7 p.m. (karfe 7)

While many people hold strong views about the almajiri-system, sadly, the almajirai themselves are rarely listened to. This film hopes to offer an insight into their perspectives and concerns. Nine young people from three different Qur’anic schools in Kano State have been trained to write the script for this film, to do most of the acting, to handle the camera, and to give the stage directions.
This film shows their views and experiences they made while living as almajirai in Kano.

This film project is a cooperation of Goethe-Institut Kano with the Child Almajiri Empowerment and Support Initiative (CAESI) and the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano.

Kallon Fim a Goethe-Institut Nigeria

“Duniya Juyi-Juyi” (“That’s how life goes”)

Goethe-Institut Kano (cibiyar yaa al’adun Jamus) na farin cikin gayyatarka zuwa kallon wani fim mai suna “Duniya Juyi-Juyi” a

(ranar Alhamis), 27th October, 2011 at 7 p.m. (karfe 7)

Wasu mutane, suna aukar almajirai ba su da muhimminci ko gata a cikin al’ummar. Mafi yawancin mutane ba sa duba matsalolinsu da abin da ya damesu. A wannan fim ana so a nuna wa mutane tunanin almajirai da matsalolinsu. Daga cikin almajirai aka za[1]i mutum 3-3 a makaranta 3, aka ba su horo yadda ake rubuta labarin fim, da kuma tsarawa. Waannan almajiran guda 9, su ne suka rubuta labarinsu, kuma suka yi aukar hoto, daga cikinsu ‘yan wasa suke, kuma wasu suka ba da umarni. Wannan fim yana nuna rayuwarsu da tunaninsu, da irin abubuwan da suke fuskanta na matsala a rayuwarsu.

Wannan fim Goethe-Institut ce ta shiriya shi tare da haddun gwiwar Child Almajiri Empowerment and Support Initiative (CAESI) da kuma Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano.

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In Short Film Festival, Silverbird Galleria, Lagos, 13-15 October. Free Masterclass with German Director Lothar Herzog


This from the Africa Movie Academy Awards Facebook site:

In-Short Film Festival, Lagos, will be held at Silverbird galleria VI and NFC cinema (old film unit) Obalede road, Ikoyi from Thursday 13- Sat 15th October for In-Short 2011. A short film festival showcasing the most exciting short films from Nigeria and the rest of the world. Entry is free!!

To register for the Masterclass on Short film production for free by German Director, Lothar Herzog, call 08023015604

Advanced Film Television Training Africa 3-day Masterclasses with Tunde Kelani and Jack Conroy, Lagos, October 24-30, 2011


Advanced Film Television Training Africa  (AFTTA) announces two masterclasses:

Masterclass: From Script to Screen with Tunde Kelani N35,000

AFTTA are proud to announce a Masterclass with renowned cinematographer and Director Tunde Kelani. This master class will focus on story development, script breakdown, budgeting crew and casting, location set up, financing and production techniques and distribution. A definite introduction to producing high quality low budget films in Nigeria for cinematic release

Participant Profile:
This master class is aimed at producers, directors and production people of drama film and television feature and series.

and

Masterclass: Advanced Cinematography with Jack Conroy N40,000

Participant Profile:
This master class is aimed at Video Camera Operators,Camera Assistants, lighting and Directors of drama film and television feature and series.

Course Profile:
This master class will focus on script breakdown, blocking and staging, use of grip, tracks dolly and jib. A hands on workshop covering lighting and camera techniques to create dramatic effects and get the most of your actors and script.
This master class will guide you to create stunning and memorable images that are used to enhance any story.

Classes will hold for 3 days each on October 24-26, and 28-30. Apply quickly, as classes are filling up.

To apply, fill out the form on their website.

The biographies of Tunde Kelani and Jack Conroy are as follows:

TUNDE KELANI

A legend in the Nigerian Film industry Tunde Kelani belongs to a set of Nigerian directors who combine well-trained professionals with the latest technology to produce high quality films that adhere to international standards. Kelani has distinguished himself as one of the most experienced film makers in Nigeria, by his work in the 1980s as a celluloid cinematographer for Nigerian television and film productions. Since establishing Mainframe Productions in Oshodi, Lagos in 1992, Kelani has consistently released films like ‘Thunderbolt’ and ‘Saworoide’, which have become favourites in Yoruba households across Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

JACK CONROY

A legend in the Irish Film industry Jack Conroy has shot more than 20 international feature films while also working regularly in television. He is best known for his stunning cinematography on the Oscar winning and nominated films My Left Foot and The Field, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Richard Harris, respectively.
When one looks at the list of people that have been portrayed by his camera, it reads like a virtual who’s who of the world’s greatest stars. Sophia Loren, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lambert, Sir John Mills, James Coburn, Pierce Brosnan, Burt Reynolds, George. C. Scott, Bob Hoskins, John Hurt, Richard Harris, Angela Lansbury, Harvey Keitel, and Omar Sharif to name a few.

AFTTA is an organization that

 works nationally and internationally with recognised industry experts in the film, television and digital media sector to ensure high quality training opportunities are made available to professionals working in Africa. These training programmes are set to international standards and designed to respond to emerging industry needs.

For more information, see the AFTTA website. 

Call for papers: Everyday Media Culture in Africa. Conference at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Abstract Deadline: 30 October 2011


Call for Papers: Beyond Normative Approaches: Everyday Media Culture in Africa

An international conference organized by the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan and with support from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster

Dates: 27-29 February 2012
Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Deadline for abstracts: 30 October 2011

We invite contributions that address the everyday lived experiences of Africans in their interaction with different kinds of media: old and new, state and private, elite and popular, global and national. All over the continent today, country by country, there are signs of growth and change-a buzz of energy stimulated, in part, by the rapid spread and impact of new mobile communication technologies and the new economic, political and social affordances which they help to create. The rise of these technologies, and the new forms of media practice and use associated with them, is in parallel with the emergence of new forms of commercial mediation and communications enterprises across the global South, which arguably complicate the role of the media in African cultures and societies.

Since media studies began in the 1970s, its object of study has changed in fundamental ways. Media were at first conceptualized almost wholly within the frame of the nation-state, its national politics and culture. The bulk of academic research on media and communication in Africa has studied media through the lens of media-state relations, hereby adopting liberal democracy as normative ideal and focusing on the potential contribution of African media to development and democratization. This approach has insufficiently looked at the actual role of media in African societies but instead focused on what roles media ought to play on the continent. Instead of understanding media on the continent on its own terms, scholars have often produced ahistorical accounts that posture as negative imprints of Western models of media-state relations. Furthermore, the heavy focus on media-state relations in studies on media in Africa has ignored both the way in which ordinary people relate to media and the increasingly important role of private capital and the market in the realm of African media.

Since the 1990s, the diffusion of continuing technological innovations in digital media and telecommunications, driven by the world economy, has changed the media landscape beyond recognition, producing the globalized world that all of us inhabit today. The question which then arises is what the study of media can tell us about Africa, in all its diversity, and the position of African societies in the world today. Among other issues, we invite participants to engage with one or more of the following questions:

Audiences, lived experience and changing notions of identity

– How can we research and theorize media cultures in today’s  Africa?

– What roles do different forms of media play in the everyday lives of Africans?

– How do global and national media contribute to changing notions of African identities?

Media, participation and resistance

– What role do old and new media play in forms of resistance on the continent?

– To what extent are media contributing to emerging participatory cultures in Africa?

– What does the diffusion and uptake of new media technologies tell us about social change taking place in Africa today?

Consumer culture and the media

– How can we understand the contribution of media to the rise of consumer cultures and consumption practices in Africa?

– What role do media and communications play in the increasing commodification of development?

– Who are the new entrepreneurial elites who are driving the diffusion of technological innovation in Africa?

For Africa-based scholars who would like to participate but require travel funding (primarily for airfare) to do so, please include a funding request with an estimated travel budget. A small amount of funding will be available to support presenters’ participation.

There will be a modest registration fee (R 175 for graduate students, R350 for faculty) to cover the costs of snacks and some meals.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include the following: paper title, author, institutional affiliation and postal address, email address, abstract of no more than 300 words. Proposals should be sent on or before 30 October 2011 to Wendy Willems at: wendy.willems@wits.ac.za