Category – Berlinale

Tsitsi Dangarembga & Gabriele C. Sindler @ EFM | AfroBerlin

The first edition of AfroBerlin, organised by Yanibes, is a platform for participants to discuss issues with key players in the African film industry and so gather valuable information about the market potential of content by African and Afro-diasporic filmmakers.

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On February 17th 2024 Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gabriele C. Sindler speak about

Pan-African Story | Script | Film Development for a Global Audience

Aspects of intercontinental and intercultural training for experienced filmmakers.

The world is in desperate need of ideas how we can progress as humanity. So far, African films have contributed little to this discourse. We will all benefit from engaging with non-dominant imaginaries embedded in their narratives.

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA Trust) has been committed to the improvement of the film industry on the African continent since 2009. Supporting women in the film business is just as important as the promotion of African stories and their authentic storytelling on big screens around the world.

In 2023, Dangarembga’s Harare-based ICAPA Trust launched a pan-African training series for female-dominated creative teams. The kick-off workshop in Lagos, Nigeria, was facilitated by leading script analysts, story & script writing teachers from DFK FILMS | dfk*script*service, led by Gabriele Sindler. The participants and their projects came from Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, São Tomé and Príncipe, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tanzania and Nigeria.

The workshop series focuses on:
– Development of Stories & Characters
– Analysis of Screenplays & Films
– Exposé | Treatment & Script Writing
– From screenplay to film production & distribution.

The goal of the further training of film professionals is the successful production and international distribution of feature films and documentaries. Furthermore, the participants are enabled to support each other professionally during the development and production of future projects. The aim is to narrate local stories in a way that they will be watched, understood, and discussed by as many people as possible across the globe.

Tstisi Dangarembga and Gabriele Sindler reflect on their practical efforts in the development of globally appealing African stories, scripts and films by systematically and methodically analyzing their intercultural African-European cooperation.

dfk*films colleague blogs for Wikipedia:Kurier from the Berlinale 2020

Wikipedia is much more than the world’s known, collectively created online encyclopedia. Deeply hidden in the ecosystem of free knowledge, a lot is flourishing and thriving. So does the Wikipedia Courier. For the BERLINALE there is an EXTRABLATT – a feminist one. We join in!

Since 2003, “Wikipedia Kurier” has been the independent internal newspaper of the Wikipedia community. Not neutral, not encyclopaedical – as Wikipedia usually claims to be. Entertaining, informative, collectively corrected and unbelievably versatile, it reports what moves Wikipedia and Wikipedia authors.

Berlinale Extrablatt – Focus Feminism

The authors also want to make a difference: That’s why BERLINALE EXTRABLATT is less about glitz and glamour. It is mainly about fighting the gender gap in Wikipedia as well as in film, culture and art.

Collaborative writing and editing marathons are held regularly – not only – but always on International Women’s Day. Since 2014, Wikipedia has been writing against the invisibility of women. Under the label Art+Feminism.

So we blog not only about the Berlin Film Festival but also about the Berlinale-Art+Feminism-Edit-a-thon 2020!

numbers | dates | facts – sad but true

Wikipedian Chî wrote a long, notable article on the gender gap in the Wikipedia Kurier on 17.01.20. A short excerpt:

90% of all contributors to Wikimedia projects (WMF) worldwide in 2018 were men – only 9% were women (see gender graphs and other materials on gender distribution).

84 % of biographies in the German-language Wikipedia deal with men: currently 631,741 to 120,398 women (80.95 % gap). The proportion of women is 16.01 % with an increase of 0.6 percentage points since 2018 and 1.4 since 2009.

In the English-language Wikipedia, the proportion of women in over 1.5 million biographies in 2018 was 17.67%.

Projects such as Women in Red and Art+Feminism are working to reduce this gap.