COUNTRY/TOWN: España / Madrid
LENGTH: 2014 onwards
The world of audiovisuals and images in general plays a very significant role today in transforming societies and in particular in breaking away from role models that act as obstacles to equality between men and women. This is why Women for Africa has deemed this sphere to be an especially important one in its plan of action.
Women Make Movies is the main programme in our foundation’s audiovisual project. The project’s main aim is to foster knowledge and enjoyment of films in Spain directed by African women. In 2019 it will already be holding its seventh edition.
So far, Women Make Movies has screened 32 feature films and 7 shorts from 16 countries, bringing six female African directors to the talks with which the festival always opens, sharing their experiences and vision with the Spanish public.
The festival, which consists of five films shown from Monday to Friday, opens with a session in which there is a talk given about the film chosen for that day. The festival’s curator is Guadalupe Arensburg, the most significant Spanish expert on African cinema. It is held in the Sala Berlanga theatre, a cinema belonging to the SGAE Foundation whose members include the vast majority of Spanish audiovisual creators. It is one of the best technically equipped cinemas in Spain.
In addition to organising the Women Make Movies festival, we have also seen great success in producing the documentary Apples, Chickens and Chimeras, directed by the Spanish filmmaker Inés París, about the lives of African women resident in Spain.