Category Archives: Hausa film

Mexican Film Festival, Silverbird Cinemas, Abuja, 16-17 September 2011 (Isyaku Jalingo’s Hausa film Ciki Daya will be shown on 17 September 2011)


The Embassy of Mexico in Nigeria in Collaboration with the Nigerian Film Corporation presents the Maiden Edition of the Mexican Film Festival 16-17 September 2011, at Silverbird Cinemas,  behind Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.

Two Nigerian films will also be shown. Mak Kusare’s film Duty on 16 September and Isyaka Jalingo’s film Ciki Daya (which won Best Nigerian Language film at the Zuma Film Festival 2010) on 17 September 2011. For the full schedule, see below:

Schedule:

16 September 2011

Opening Ceremony Cocktail 6pm

Film Screening 7-10:30pm

Macario (Mexican)

Duty (Nigerian)

Enamorada (Mexican)

17 September 2011: Film Screening 4-11pm

El Estudiante (Mexican)

Ahi Esta El Detalle (Mexican_

Ciki Daya (Hausa)

Espiral (Mexican)

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Conference: Women in Literature and Films in Northern Nigeria. Abstract Deadline: 10 October 2011


Conference to be held at Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, 29 November to 2 December 2011

UPDATE (22 September 2011): The abstract deadline has been extended. One page abstracts are invited from interested participants on any aspect of the conference theme and sub-themes, to reach the organizers immediately but not later than October 10th, 2011, the extended submission deadline.

THEME: WOMEN IN LITERATURE AND FILMS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

In continuation of the Literature in Northern Nigeria Conference tradition started in 1989 by Bayero University Kano, it has been resolved that henceforth future conferences will be jointly organized by Bayero University, Kano and Kwara State University, Malete, and the venue shall be rotated between the two universities. This year’s edition being the 6th will be hosted by the Kwara State University, Malete. The collaboration is intended to:

a)      Enhance the position of the conference as a major intellectual and scholarly destination in Nigeria
b)      Aim at helping to achieve intellectual excellence through the high level academic standard of discourse.

This year’s theme shall be on the issue of women, gender, and sexuality and will form the basis of the academic scholarship for this year’s conference. Women as creative writers and as characters in northern Nigeria and their constraints as individuals within a religious and socially conservative society will also be examined in relation to the representations of women issues in the literature and films of contemporary Northern Nigeria. Critical evaluation is expected to be made of the choice of genres, and how writers have applied individual imaginative and instructive emphasis to the treatment of such chosen and selected creative genre by the women creative writers. Furthermore, the role of religion in gender groupings, in the identification of themes and the understanding of characterization in the creative works, will be subjects of discourse by interested scholars. “kannywood” (Kano) movie industry which is predominantly of Hausa content, context, and of northern Nigerian thematic preoccupation inline with the portrayal of women will also be examined. The presentation of women as symbols of the stories and characters or as ‘caricatures’ in the films within northern sociological norms will also be examined.  Other themes in the works of the women writers, traditional singers and performers, themes in the works in which women are portrayed such assaranrhya, ‘victimhood in popular culture’, love themes and violence within domestic situations, women in rural communities, politics and women, rural women and global perspectives, women as ethnic, religious and cultural stereotypes and their acceptability by both the reading and viewing audience, will also be discussed.

Subthemes are:

  • Women images in popular culture
  • Psychology of gendered behaviours in literary works
  • Language in northern Nigerian women literature
  • Northern Nigerian women literature and political awareness
  • Women writers and images of women
  • The works of Zaynab Alkali
  • Islam, women, literature and films in Northern Nigeria
  • Portrayal of women in northern Nigerian Literature
  • Imaging of women in northern Nigerian films
  • Kannywood and representation of gender issues.
  • Women as sexual symbols in northern Nigerian literature
  • Women singers and performers
  • Women film makers and actresses.
  • Women, dance and music in northern Nigeria dramatic performance
  • Women themes in traditional oral performances
  • Women and religion in northern Nigerian films or literature
  • The influence of Western Education on northern Nigerian literature

Scholars who will speak at the conference include:

Professor Abiola Irele, Provost, College of Humanities, Management and Social sciences, Kwara State UniversityProfessor Abiola Irele, Provost, College of Humanities, Management and Social sciences, Kwara State University. He is a renowned critic from Harvard University with strong view on women and literature.


Professor Zainab Alkali, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University Professor Zainab Alkali, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University. A powerful female writer and activist on the position of women in Northern Nigeria. Her works form a sub-theme of the conference.


 Professor Mary Kolawole, HOD, Language and Literary Studies, KWASUProfessor Mary Kolawole, HOD, Language and Literary Studies, KWASU. A strong believer and teacher of gender studies.


Dr. Halimat Sikula Dr. Halimat Sikula, She is on sabatical at Kwara State University where she teaches literature of the 20th century, a young, vibrant, radical novelist and poet whose up and coming voice would be a major addition to the discuss of the conference

The abstract deadline listed on the website was 30 June 2011, but to request further information, contact information is listed here. To book a hotel reservation for the conference, click on this link.

Invitation to Screening of Sandar Kiwo in Niamey/Gayyata Zuwa Kannon Fim Din Sandar Kiwo a Yamai


A screening of Sandar Kiwo, a film by Gidan Dabino International, directed by Falalu A. Dorayi, will be showing at Radio Alternative in Niamey, Niger, on 8 July 2011, at 8pm. The film, a family drama on betrayal and a mother’s love, has also been screened in the U.K., Germany, Poland, and India. The producer Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino,  one of the founders of the Hausa film industry, is the best selling author of In Da So da Kauna and actor in the movie by the same name, as well as the  2009 winner of the Engineer Mohammad Bashir Karaye Prize in Hausa Literature for his play Malam ZalimuSandar Kiwo is in Hausa and is subtitled in English and in French.

Starring: Rahama Hassan, Shehu Hassan Kano, Aminu Shariff Momo, Jamila Haruna (deceased), Jamila Umar Nagudu, Ummi Aminu, Rukayya Isa, Fati K.K. and Sani Idris Moda.

Une projection de Sandar KIWO, un film de Gidan Dabino internationale, dirigée par A. Falalu Dorayi, sera diffusée à Radio Alternative à Niamey, au Niger, le 8 Juillet 2011, à 20 heures. Le film, un drame familial sur la trahison et l’amour d’une mère, a fait des tournées en Angleterre, en Poland, en India, et en Allemagne. Le producteur Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, l’un des fondateurs de l’industrie cinématographique haoussa, est l’auteur du best-seller In Da So da Kauna et acteur dans le film du même nom, il est aussi le lauréat 2009 du prix de l’ ingénieur Mohammad Bashir Karaye en littérature haoussa pour son jeu Malam Zalimu. Sandar KIWO est en haoussa et sous-titré en anglais et en français.

Vedettes: Rahama Hassan, Hassan Shehu Kano, Aminu Shariff Momo, Jamila Haruna (décédé), Jamila Umar Nagudu, Ummi Aminu, Rukayya Isa, Fati KK et Sani Idris Moda

The original invitation in Hausa is below:

GAYYATA ZUWA KALLON FIM DIN SANDAR KIWO
A ranar juma’a 8/7/2011 da misalign karfe 8:00 na dare za a nuna fim din SANDAR KIWU ga mutanen kasar Nijar da makotansu, a gidan rediyon Alternative da ke birnin Yamai, jamhuriyyar Nijar. Don haka ana gayyatar kowa da kowa. Sai kun zo.

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Film Reviews in Hausa by Yusuf Ubale: Halak Malak


Yusuf Ubale, film reviewer

Yusuf Ubale is a Hausa film critic, whose Hausa-language blog Fahimta ta Kan Al’Amura (Reviews and Views by Yusuf Ubale) is largely devoted to reviewing Hausa films. He recently posted a review of the film Halak Malak, produced by TY Shaban and Directed by I.M.A. El-Muazzam, for Effect Crew Family and Sef Jamil Studioz. 

In the past Malam Yusuf has also reviewed the Hausa films: Fassara 1 &2, Al-AmeenKudi ne!,    Hafsah, Sarkin 10 Zamani 10, Rikoh, and Nakiyar Kan Kashi . To read his review of Halak Malak, click here.

To watch the song sequence for Halak Malak (unfortunately Malam Yusuf did not identify the composer or the singers in his review), see the embedded video below.