This Spring 2017, African women filmmakers are celebrated at Texas Tech University through the International Film Series (IFS). Texas Tech University's International Film Series will bring spotlight on them with a selection of films. Our Executive Director Jessica Foumena, who was involved in the project, interviewed Dr.Robert Peaslee, the coordinator of TTU International Film Series. He is also an Associate Professor and the Chair for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media at Texas Tech University.
According to Dr.Peaslee, the International Films Series (IFS) began at Texas Tech (TTU) in 2009 as “Global Lens.” This was a global cinema distribution system to which Texas Tech University subscribed via the Global Film Initiative. When the GFI ceased the distribution of Global Lens in 2014, we renamed the series the Texas Tech University International Film Series (IFS) and began new programs in the Spring of 2015.
What do you hope to achieve through this spotlight?
We hope the spotlight will help students in the U.S. to see the diversity of lives and circumstances on the African continent from an insider's point of view, rather than through the typical outsider lens to which they are normally subjected.
Why did IFS focus on African Women Directors this spring 2017?
Women are underrepresented worldwide as directors, but there is often greater gender parity in the position in film traditions other than that of the United States. We wanted to highlight that. African cinema is also underrepresented in the global film market, particularly in the US, so we wanted to bring awareness to the stories being told by this subset of filmmakers in the world.
Any additional comments?
I’d like to thank you for your work in helping IFS bring this series to Texas Tech, and for your hard work in bringing one of the world’s foremost experts on African women in Cinema, Dr. Beti Ellerson, to our campus to screen her film, SISTERS OF THE SCREEN.
The Spring 2017 Spotlight on African Women Filmmakers was made possible through the sponsorship of the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, the TTU Humanities Center, and the TTU Women’s Studies Program. The schedule for the Spring 2017 Spotlight on African women fillmmakers is below:
February 27: W.A.K.A. (2014)
Director: Françoise Ellong (Cameroon)
March 20: Ayanda (2015)
Director: Sarah Blecher (South Africa)
April 10: Ta mère! (2015)
Director: Touria Benzari (Morocco)
May 01: Feminism Inshallah: A History Of Arab Feminism (2015)
Director: Feriel Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia)
Admission is free for the public at all screenings. For additional info about the spotlight on African Women Directors at Texas Tech University, please click here.
We are looking for sheroes, precisely professionals, preferably women who are making a positive difference in the life of women and youth, preferably those living on the African continent. If you're interested to be featured, please let know here. / Nous recherchons des professionnels, de préférence des femmes qui ont un impact positif dans la vie des femmes et des jeunes, de préférence ceux vivant sur le continent africain . Si vous êtes intéressé(e)s à être introduit(e), s'il vous plaît merci de nous le faire savoir ici.