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UDADA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL NAIROBI 2016

THE AFRICAN & WOMAN PERCEPTION & REFLECTIONS

AT PAWA 254

From the 25th to 27th Oct 10:00am to 4:00 pm - Clossing night, 28th Oct 2016

50 UDADA FESTIVAL 2016

RWANDA, LA VIE APRÈS - PAROLES DE MÈRES

Dir. Benoit Dervaux & Audre Versaille

Belgium /70Mins.

Six Tutsi women, raped in April 94 by genocidal Hutus, tell their ordeal: rape, pregnancy, childbirth, a life of wandering in which they have been sentenced to live with a creature born from men’s cruelty. 20 years later, we follow these women and their children now young adults.

I SHOT BI KIDUDE

Dir. Andy Jones

UK/Zanzibar/ 1Hour14mins

A moving, often beautiful meditation on an unlikely friendship between a young English film-maker and a 100 year old Zanzibar diva. Demonstrating how music transcends language and culture it is an elegant homage to Bi Kidude's remarkable life. Quietly profound and very entertaining, this is a truly original documentary." Garth Cartwright - author More Miles Than Money & Princes Amongst Men

THE GRIEF OF A MOTHER

Director: Henrique Schonfelder,

Brazil /13mins

The grieving one of several mothers who had their children killed by military police in 2006 in Brazil 's peripheries. Period which led the movement Mothers May.

THE ART OF AMA ATA AIDOO

Dir. Yaba Badoe

Ghana /78mins

“Here we celebrate one of our icons – an African leader who pushes for social justice and change. She has done so much for all of us. She’s marked by a love for her people today and forever. Using an evocative and magical medium, Yaba and Amina have helped us to understand this phenomenon in our world. She is representative of African women who are strong, agile, and flexible and have been leaders on our continent for ages. Her words will continue as a model for younger generations.” AWDF CEO, Theo Sowa

HOODED

Dir. Njoki Mbuthia

Kenya/ 11mins

While talking to someone on the phone, Hope notices a hooded figure stalking her. The "voice" at the end of the line provokes Hope to mend a dying relationship with someone in her life

REMEMBER ME

Dir. Uru Eke

Nigeria/ 2hrs 7mins

A young girl’s struggle as well as her fight to reveal the truth about one of the most corrupt organisations in the country

BETWEEN ASHES AND HOPE

Director: Desmond Denton

South Africa/ 1 hr20mins

A new social worker, Petra arrives on the farm with the challenge of addressing the social ills of the community. Petra suddenly finds herself immersed in a very serious problem. A young child, Lucky, draws her in, as she tactfully tries to address the problem of abusive homes, alcoholism and the threat of TB in the community.

BAHATI

Director: Timoth Conrad

Tanzania /1hr2mins

The story is about the family of a widowed woman who is facing a lot of difficulties after her husband died and left her with two children. Her husband's family have their traditions so they are forcing her to be inherited by her husband's brother, and if she does not agree she must leave the house and children.

SAIDA DESPITE ASHES

Dir. Soumeya Bouallegui

Tunisia/ 52mins

Fundamentalists set fire on the mausoleum of "Saida Manoubia", a Sufi saint of the 12th Century, in the evening of October 15 to 16 2012. This film tries to rebirth "Saida" from her ashes through life stories of women who believe in her.

INNER JOURNEY

Director: Tina Ezenma

USA /15mins

When Frankie went in search of her mother in her last known address, a mother who abandoned her at birth. Instead of her mother she meets a man who will reveal a world unknown to her. The man is her mom who is now a transgender. A story about abandonment, rape and transgender interwoven in a way that will make us feel the agonies of the characters.

DISRUPT

Director: Michael Dorfling

South Africa/ 52mins

A feature documentary about silencing of rape victims at Rhodes University , South Africa. Tired of not being listened to, students decide to take matters into their own hands and compile a list of alleged rapists on campus.

THE ECHOES OF CHLOE COOLEY

Director: Andrea Conte

Canada / 8mins

Featuring conversations with Wilma Morrison 87 year-old, Order of Ontario Historian, The Echoes of Chloe Cooley tells the founding story of the Underground Railroad on the Niagara Frontier, and how the resistance of one woman created both, the first anti-slavery law in the British Empire, and the first refugee movement to Canada.This film was made on an iphone.

ALIYYAH'S WISH

Director: Jamin Shoyode

Nigeria/ 11mins 25

She is in darkness and leaves in a different world from that of her parent. Her parent is upwardly mobile and enjoys life to the fullest at the expense of her only daughter. But Aliyyah will take any opportunity to express her mind to her negligent parent

BEN AND ARA

Director: Constance Ejuma

Ethiopia/Nigeria/Ghana / 1hr24mins

A Cameroonian Muslim woman falls in love with an agnostic American man.

JINXED

Director: Gary Mugisha

Uganda/ 15mins

When a young woman finds herself in the wrong neighborhood late at night a series of unfortunate incidents takes her out of the frying pan into the fire. Everyone who seems to want to help her has other motives, each more despicable than the last.

BOX GIRLS

Director: Jaime Murciego

Spain (Kenya)/20mins

A documentary short about a girls group from Korogocho in Nairobi are training in boxing in order to fight the stereotypes and also other problems they face on a daily basis.

MHUNI

Director: Dorice Kazirenge

Tanzania/ 6mins32

After being released from jail, people are still scared of Jitu and they flee from him. He decides to change his bad behavior and become a good person.

IMAGINE

Nigeria /1min.30

A short animated poem about the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Short and to the point.

UNQUIET DAYS

Director: Latifa Said

Algeria/France /30mins

Fadila, a cabaret singer, escapes Oran after being threatened to death by religious fundamentalists. Algeria is in the middle of a civil war. She arrives in Aubagne, close to Marseille, to one of her friend’s home. But her friend does not live there anymore, …

FATIMA

Director: Nina Khada

France (Algeria)/ 18mins20

This film is a voices and icons’ collection. My voice tells the story of my grandmother’s exile from Algeria to France. The film scrolls in black and white, I tell her fights for her country, for her children. Back to the present : what is my grandmother’s heritage ?

MWIKALI

Director: Antony Mwangi

Kenya/ 12mins

Mark is blown away by the beauty of Mwikali, a girl he meets. They hit it off and it turns out to be a fantastic night. Mwikali is the perfect catch for Mark, but she has a secret.

LURNA

Director: Nani Matos

15mins /Spain

Lurna is a young African woman who dreams about having a better life. One day she sets off with the hope and expectation of fulfilling her dream. What Lurna doesn't know is that she will soon wish to go back.

NKOSI COIFFEUR

Director: Jules Debrock

Belgium/ 14mins

During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…

DIGNITY

Director: Monica Mazzitelli

Italy / 30mins

Twenty girls grow up in an orphanage called "O Viveiro" ("the nursery", in Portuguese), building their lives one millimeter per day, in the miserable and unhealthy town of Chitima, in Mozambique. “Dignity” narrates without rhetoric these girls’ stories, their epic, poetry and splendor, like flowers in the desert. Elegant and powerful photography to show the inner beauty of the girls.

AMAZING GRACE

Director: Chap Chap Shooters

Kenya /7mins

Grace is pregnant and wants to get married to her fiancée, Francis in a private wedding before she delivers. But her ex-husband, who used to beat her up during her pregnancy five years ago, caused her to miscarry and then disappeared, shows up at the venue. He had been declared legally dead.

ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE

Director: Markus Kaatch

Germany/ 1hr 24 min.

Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic, suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. But then war breaks out again in her homeland. What was planned to be a short stay in Berlin turns into a journey without a foreseeable end.

REGRET

Director:. Willie Losin

Kenya /8Mins 42

Benta experiences physical abuse from her drunkard husband Ben.

GET SOME MONEY

Director: Wangui Ngunjiri

Kenya /7mins

Get Some Money is a representation of the bibilical story of the betrayal of Jesus Christ. It seeks to put to light the plight of suicidal beings in an effort to advocate for world bodies, to increase awareness and speak against suicide.

NOT RIGHT

Director: Judith Audu

Nigeria/ 10mins

This film is a long-term observation – Out of ‘love’ and her desire to keep her marriage, Kumbi (Omowunmi Dada) is tied down to a relationship where the beast of a husband relentlessly abuses her psychologically and physically. Funmi’s (Judith Audu) attempt to save her from the looming tragedy proves abortive.

I AM HANNA

Director: Marianne Maasai

Kenya /16mins

Mental illness is a not often talked subject within the African society. In Kenya, its a tabooed topic hence persons suffering are subjected to harassment and abuse in-which , some are denied medication, others locked indoors away from public eye. Some are beaten while others are even raped for they have no voice.

TOBA

Director: Cecimercy Wanza

Kenya/ 20mins

Toba is a psychological thriller that journeys a young writer Nana who kills all her boyfriends after she has been heartbroken.The twist comes in the confession box as the priest says "you have been forgiven but remember the world is unforgiving " Does this mean she is forgiven or not?

NATURAL

Director: Studi Bless

USA/ 2mins22

How far will we go to obtain beauty?

WE ARE NOT DOGS

Director: Wairimu Ngugi

Kenya/31mins

Systemic riddance of unwanted, threatening individuals in Kenya is not a new phenomena. However, it is undocumented for a majority of poor youth who go missing in the slums and marginalized spaces in Kenya. Arguably, the same police force killing these men and women "are themselves oppressed."

YES NO

Director: Jennifer Ojezua Idadi

Nigeria/ 8mins 46

Patience Temi Olaoye 28 is married to Seun Olaoye,an aggressive and abusive man. Patience is unhappy in the marriage but comes to face a dilemma of either letting her husband die or saving his life and face a consequence that could lead to her own death.

THE TEST

Director: Roger Matelja Mugabirwe

Uganda/ 24mins 33

On his 30th birthday, a man realizes that his wife has been kidnapped and the only way to save her is to pass ‘The Test’. ‘The Voice’ who has kidnapped his wife, asks the Ache to purify his marriage by taking out the obstacles in it. Will he kill his secret lover, his Mother-in–law and his own brother? He has only 5 minutes to make up his mind or lose his dear wife.

THE CLEANSING

Director: Owino Sang’iewa

Kenya/ 14mins32

Nyar Usonga, a pretty but arrogant 25 year old village widow needs to undergo traditional sexual cleansing rites (TER) to rid her of the impurities ascribed to her due to the death of her husband. But because of the AIDS risk, she refuses to do it without the use of a condom. Harun, her father in law is a firm traditionalist and attributes to her state all the ills and misfortunes of the village, eventually giving her an ultimatum: To get cleansed without a condom or leave.

GREY

Director: Samson Oklobia

Nigeria/ 19mins

Doofan, a young girl from a little village in Central Nigeria, is exchanged into marriage in a practice known as Yamshe. Her father marries her off to Pa Ikyaator in exchange for the latter’s daughter as wife to Doofan’s elder brother. Doofan had dreams of going to school and becoming a teacher, but all those dreams die in her husband’s house with the pains and brutal agony of being a child bride.

UM DIA NO ILE (Where the Children Play)

Director: Guilherme Cesar

Brazil /18mins

In times of violent intolerance, WHERE THE CHILDREN PLAY follows, on the borders of a huge city, a group of children who, between the neighborhood and the woods, live the joyful adventures and the learning of a Candomblé's House.

KHAYALAMI (My Home)

Director: Denise Khumalo

South Africa/14mins40

A story about an African woman’s struggle to keep her traditions and customs alive while living in an increasingly Western world.

BEHIND THE DOORS OF SILENCE

Dir. Haisam Abdelhamed

Egypt 25mins28

An investigative film that uncovers rape and sexual harassment within a family, the victim’s fear of family and society’s reaction and the offenders who exploit the society's denial of any talk about it to enforce victims to remain silent.

ECHOES OF UNHEARD CHILDREN

Director: Dominion Michael Bassey

Nigeria 25mins

Nigeria is facing an orphaning and child vulnerability crisis of potentially catastrophic proportions. There are 17.5 million Orphans and Vulnerable Children, including 7.3 million orphans… 2.39 million Orphans are due to AIDS…'

AMAKA'S KIN - The Women Of Nollywood

Director: Tope Oshin

Nigeria 41mins32

Dedicated to the memory of Nigeria's most prominent female director, Amaka Igwe (1963-2014), Amaka's Kin follows the stories of Nigeria's most prominent female directors working in male-dominated Nollywood.

DHARA

Director: Francesco Sincich

Italy/Ethiopia 63mins

Dahra, an Afar girl who is 11, has a dream: to go to school. Her parents don’t agree. She is old enough for marriage and education is not important. But she is stubborn…

MONSOONS OVER THE MOON PART 1

Director: Wangechi Ngugi

Kenya /8mins50

Monsoons over the Moon is a mythical drama about a street gang known as The Monsoons who have escaped an oppressive dictatorship set in post-apocalyptic Nairobi.

THINK AGAIN - PALM NUT RICE SELLER

Momotimi Pudie

Nigeria / 6:00

A short Documentary about a semi-literate female entrepreneur who is forging a way for herself against all odds

MULHERES

Director: Elisa Bucchi and Nicola Bogo.

Italy/24:41

Zambezia is one of Mozambique's poorest regions and at the same time the most populous in the country. The film centres on two Zambezian women - revealing how they live, what they think, what they hide and what they invent every day to survive in a society that continues to discriminate them. A simple portrait documentary that reveals much more than one anticipates.

HUSH

Candice Onyeama

UK/14:55

HUSH is a short drama set in London that tells the story of an extraordinary day in the life of a British Nigerian family , when their youngest daughter Uche stops talking and the uncomfortable truths her silence reveals.

SHAKIRA

Director: Omary Clayton

Tanzania /17mins30

SHAKIRA is affected by FISTULA disease which widely affects pregnant women after childbirth in Tanzania. Her husband chases her away and she is avoided by fellow community members. Her sister takes her away to live with her in another village. She eventually gets treatment for the condition.

AFRICA!

Dvorit Shargal

Israel/ 46mins18

A nostalgic, fascinating and heart-breaking journey into the core of the series books, "children of the world", a very popular photographed children books in black & white from the mid of the 20th century. The books, which are still printed in Israel were created by the Jewish-Swedish photographer, Anna Riwkin-Brick (1908-1970). Nine of them were written by Asrtid Lindgren. Where is Sia from the book "Sia lives on Kilimanjaro" from 1958? What Happened to her during the years? What does she think about the book that she is staring in? And how did Africa change in half a century?

Tjitji the Himba Girl

Lomboleni Oshosheni Hiveluah

Namibia /21mins22

Tjijandjeua – Tjitji, a young, successful and ambitious student, has secret dreams of being the next famous ‘Talk Show Host’ She soon learns that her Father is, as is the custom, in the process of arranging for her marriage to a young Himba man, Muasahepi. Tjitji is upset that she’s expected to follow her parents’ wishes for her future and has to make a decision … what should she do, defy her culture to follow her dream?

8 (Eight) IIFF FILMS FROM ZIMBZABWE/4hrs43mins

AISHA

Tanzania/2015/120 mins

Director: Chande Omar

Aisha, an ambitious young businesswoman living in the city, returns to her home village for her younger sister's wedding and re-connects with her past, meeting family and friends. However, when she is gang-raped the villagers turn a blind eye and condone the violent attack. Aisha decides to fight for justice.

AISSA'S STORY,

USA/2013/15 mins

Director/Scriptwriter: Iquo B. Essien

An African immigrant housekeeper and single mother is struggling to move on with her life months after the case against the wealthy hotel guest who assaulted her is dismissed.

MAMAN (MOTHERS),

France/2015/18 mins

Director: Maimouna Doucouré

The daily life of Aida and the whole family is overwhelmed when her father comes back from Senegal, their country of origin, with a young Senegalese woman called Rama whom he introduces as his second wife. Aida is very sensitive to her mother's distress. She decides to get rid of the newcomer.

ORISHAS JOURNEY

USA/2014/5 mins

Writer/Director/Animator/Producer/DOP: Abdul Ndadi

Rooted in African myth, Orisha's Journey is about a little girl and the power of imagination. Orisha, who doesn't believe in fables finds herself in one.

PLUS! , Documentary

Zimbabwe/Canada/2015/26 mins

Director

In the fashion industry, the majority are the minority. 'Plus-size' is virtually invisible in mainstream fashion, despite 65 percent of American women being size 14 or larger. PLUS! tells the story of five women trying to change that.

QUEEN NANNY:

LEGENDARY

MAROON CHIEFTAINESS,

USA/Jamaica/2015/59 mins

Director/Scriptwriter/Producer

Documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, Nanny of the Maroons. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the majestic Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British fire power.

UNOMALANGA AND THE WITCH,

SA/2014/27 mins

Director/Scriptwriter

Newly married Nomalanga and her husband move into a small neighbourhood. Her neighbours pique her curiosity when they gossip about the recently widowed woman who lives across the street, who is rumoured to have used dark powers to kill her husband. Being an outsider herself, Nomalanga visits the widow and soon finds herself drawn to her mysterious neighbour.

WINTRY SPRING,

Egypt/2015/16 mins

Director/Producer: Mohamed Kamel;

Nour, a schoolgirl who lives alone with her father, goes through a crisis when puberty arrives unexpectedly. She cannot tell her dad and her dad cannot understand the change that has occurred in her life, causing tension between them.