Seventh Annual Women of Color Arts and Film (WOCAF) Festival: March 15 -18 in Atlanta
Seventh Annual Women of Color Arts and Film (WOCAF) Festival announces Opening Night Centerpiece and Closing Night Films
March 15 -18 in Atlanta
ATLANTA (February 21, 2012) — The seventh annual Women of Color Arts and Film (WOCAF) Festival is pleased to announce its opening night feature film, “The Education of Auma Obama” by Branwen Okpako , taking place at Walter C. Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Arts, 1280 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309 on Friday March 16th at 7pm. The film which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is an intriguing look into the life of President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half sister Auma Obama, filmed in her homestead in Kenya during the run up to the 2008 US Presidential elections that brought her brother President Barack Obama to power. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the High Museum of Art’s box office.
The centerpiece film “MA’AMI” by acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker Tunde Kelani is scheduled to be screened on Saturday March 17th at the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL), 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA and is free and open to the public. Set over a two day period, leading to the 2010 World cup, “MA’MI” is an inspiring story of a poor conscientious single parent’s struggle to raise her only child, Kashimawo who eventually rises to international stardom in an English football club, Arsenal and becomes a national hero.
The closing night film “Ties That Bind” by multiple award-winning director Leila Djansi, described as one of the hottest new wave directors out of Africa, is the story of three women from different backgrounds bound together by a common tragedy; the loss of a child. The film features Hollywood actress Kimberly Elise, Ghanaian stars, Ama K Abebrese, John Dumelo, David Dontoh and one of the Nollywood’s most notable actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. The screening will take place at Walter C. Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Arts, 1280 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30309 on Sunday March 18th at 6pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the High Museum of Art’s box office.
For a detailed festival itinerary please visit our website, www.wocaf.org.
femme femme a film
WHAT IS IT?
Femme Femme a Film (provisional title!) is a documentary about femmes. Featuring interviews, footage from femme events and footage of femmes performing, existing & collaborating.
I want it to be about femme as both a performative and gender identity. I want to find out what femme means to different people, how it works for them, how they think about it politically and personally, why and how they identify as femme. I want to find out the different ways people perform as femme. I want to make visible and heard all the different types of femmes and show all the different ways femme identity can be presented, performed and lived. I want to look at femme collaboration and break down how people perceive that working to see how it actually happens. I want to celebrate femmes and femme identity.
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?
This is going to be a documentary made up of your voices talking about your experiences and identities. If you’re interested in contributing please get in contact! From there we can work out a time to do an interview.
If you are organising or attending a femme-centered event sometime soon, let me know the details of what it is as I’d love to come and film it.
If you’re feeling camera shy but still want to be a part of the film there are heaps of other ways this can happen! Let me know what your worries are and we’ll talk about ways around them.
If you think this project is a neat idea but don’t identify as femme but do know heaps of other amazing femmes you think will be interested please feel free to pass this on.
I really, really, really want to represent the diversity of femme identity in this film. This is not about showing just one type of femme or one type of femme presentation/representation. If you identify as a femme some of the time, most of the time or all of the time then I want to talk to you. If you are a flamboyant femme I want to talk to you. If you are a secret femme I want to talk to you. If femme is only one fraction of your identity I want to talk to you. If femme is your life I want to talk to you. I’m not interested in policing femme identities, I’m interested in finding out what femme means to femmes.
WHERE IS THIS AMAZING THING HAPPENING?
Melbourne, Australia! Unfortunately I don’t think I can currently travel interstate to interview or film people there. But if you are interested in the project and in being interviewed or having your femme-centered event filmed then please do get in touch. I’m sure that later on/pretty soon it’ll be totally possible for me to film outside Melbourne and include femmes from all over Australia.
check it out and get in contact! caitlin [dot] ate [at] gmail [dot] com.
please reblog even if you’re not from Australia, it’ll be interesting to watch regardless and you most likely have followers who are.