A Taste of Our Diverse Outputs
Photographs taken during the film production of A Vida Politica and Thorns and Silk
"The funding allowed me to make a good film, by being able to do a research trip prior to filming as well as work with a professional crew who made a big difference to the film. Having made this film, I have also gained more visibility as a filmmaker and new networks"
The Real World scheme was launched in November 2007 as an initiative between Screen South (the Regional Screen Association for the South East and a subsidiary body of the Film Council) and Pathways of Women's Empowerment, at the SEE Festival in Brighton. The two successful filmmakers selected to produce films under the scheme were Kat Mansoor and Paulina Tervo. They spent the second half of 2008 filming in their selected countries of Brazil and Palestine. Following editing and post-production the final films: A Vida Politica and Thorns and Silk were ready in early 2009. The process culminated in a premiere of the films as part of the Birds Eye View Film Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in March 2009.
For more information on the films see the synopsis on the main Pathways webpages.
"The competition is a very unique opportunity. It is very rare to be given the support of both your local screen agency and academics to produce such interesting films"
Following the success of the first year of the scheme Screen South and Pathways are continuing with the initiative for 2009/10. The deadline for applications for this year was 5 June 2009 and news of the selected filmmaker will appear on the website later this year.
Women and Memory Forum
Fairytales are an important element of popular culture and extremely influential on human consciousness. They reflect and reinforce social beliefs and behaviour. The Women and Memory Forum (WMF) – one of the partners in the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Consortium – are exploring how Arabic folk tales represent stereotypes of women.
The project culiminated in a performance at Wikalit al Ghouri, Cairo on 15 June 2008 where storytellers and writers came together to participate in a Storytelling evening performed to a score specially commissioned for the show by Iman Salah, an Egyptian musician and composer and directed by Caroleen Khalil.
Ghana Photography Competition
From June to November 2008, the West Africa Hub ran a photo competition under the theme, Changing Images of Women in Ghana, inviting entries from both amateur and professional photographers. The competition aimed to use the images to provoke discussion on the understandings of the representation of women and to seek out innovative and alternative ways to depict women thereby countering gender stereotypes. Photo entries were reviewed by Anna Kari and Guilhem Alandry from Documentography Collective; and Tessa Lewin, Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Nana Akua Anyidoho from the RPC. Kwabena Danso was adjudged the winner, with his photo, “Long time no see”. The West Africa Hub looks forward to working closely with Kwabena Danso.