Cinematic Arts Department joins the world in celebrating the annual European Film Festival
USIU-Africa’s Film faculty and student participated at the 2019 edition of the annual European Film Festival (EFF) in Nairobi. EFF is in its 28th edition taking place in various major cities in Kenya. The festival showcases European and Kenyan films, workshops, technical masterclasses, community screenings in the various festival venues. This year, EAFF partnered with Twaweza Communications through Wabunifu Forum to organize a dialogue forum on Art as Social Commentary on May 15, 2019 at the Goethe Institt, Nairobi. The dialogue was focused around Film and Gender Relations. Dr. Rachael Diang’a was among the top film professionals’ panelists who led the discussions; others being a renowned Filmmaker and USIU-Africa alumnus, Martin Munyua (Dreamcatcher Productions) and award-winning film director, Sippy Chadha whose most recent film, Subira (2018) won the top award at Kalasha Film Awards, 2018.
Important issues discussed on this dialogue revolved around the need to be intentional in addressing gender issues through film; the place of proper film training in challenging misleading gender stereotypes and the power of personal stories and experiences in addressing gender challenges in society. This event was also attended by USIU-Africa freshman Film Production major, Purity Makandi where she was part of the conversations.