African Women in Time of Covid-19: Ladima Film Competition Includes Two Nigerian Filmmakers

by The Culture Newspaper

The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with DW Akademie, has announced the 10 selected films for the African Women in the Time of Covid-19 Short Film Competition.

The competition invited African women to share their stories about the personal, economic, and social impact of Covid-19 in Africa.

According to a statement released by the organisers, the competition received submissions from almost 200 women from 18 African countries who shared their moving and honest stories on diverse topics with dominant themes of domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, as well as of resilience and hope.

Films by Chioma Mathias and Faith Ilevbare from Nigeria were selected among the Top 10.

“The brave and powerful films that were submitted sadly have reflected the extremely difficult circumstances that many African women are facing. The stories have shown how in too many cases that the pandemic has indeed impacted women harder and in different ways than on their male counterparts,” the statement read.

The selected films will premiere via a live stream on July 10, 2020 and will be available for viewing on other various platforms from July 11.

The selected films were chosen by a panel of judges which includes multiple award-winning actress, Nse Ikpe Etim.

The filmmakers and films selected include:

– Malak El Araby ‘Being’ (Egypt)
– Fezeka Tholakele ‘Blunder’ (South Africa)
– Hellen Samina Ochieng ‘Moyo’ (Kenya)
– Chioma Divine Favour Mathias ‘My Sunshine’ (Nigeria)
– Aurelie Stratton ‘I’ll Call You Later’ (South Africa)
– Wambui Gathee ‘Love, Zawadi’ (Kenya)
– Yehoda Hammond ‘Worlds Apart’ (Ghana)
– Skinnor Davillah Agello ‘The Tempest’ (Kenya)
– Neha Manoj Shah ‘Face Mask For Sale’ (Kenya)
– Faith Ilevbare ‘Loop: Every End Has a Beginning’ (Nigeria)

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