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September sees an array of stories including the new film, Unseen Enemy that looks at how recent epidemics have brought out both the best and the worst in human behavior. This powerful film looks at how the inter-connectedness of people can lead to a host of unpredictable outcomes.

The film was written and directed by Janet Tobias, who embedded with some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals for more than three years, tracking outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and influenza worldwide.

The Ethiopian film Omo Child looks at the challenge of one man, Lale Labuko, who takes on his own community and their ancient tradition that sees certain children killed based on superstition and fear. The film has won numerous awards from festivals around the world. https://ameyawdebrah.com/meet-blackbusters-ghanaian-ethiopian-duo-taking-asia-storm-electronic-music/

Rwanda’s Finding Hillywood looks at the power of cinema to heal, create dialogue and encourage cultural discussion, whilst South African film Noma takes a harsh look at what it really means to have no home.

In addition to screening on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 every SUNDAY at 10pm (CAT), AfriDocs Anytime is now available via www.afridocs.net, where you can stream over 40 documentary films anytime, including the catch-up feature that incudes all the latest films from BET available for a limited time only.

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Make sure not to miss these films that will be available to view for the next month only:

Town of Runners:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz99MdEfYO0&t=2s

http://www.afridocs.net/watch-now/town-of-runners/

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Chameleon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzRAqMtrjV8&t=25s

http://afridocs.net/watch-now/chameleon/

In Shadow of the Sun:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXt_wr36SAI&t=25s

http://afridocs.net/watch-now/in-the-shadow-of-the-sun/

For more information: www.afridocs.net, www.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

3 September

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Omo Child | John Rowe | Ethiopia | 2015 | 90 min 

In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

* Social Impact Media Award – Jury Ethos Award, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmIeT7COYw4

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https://ameyawdebrah.com/ghana-film-industry-not-need-money-needs-structure-distribution-leila-djansi-writes/

10 September

Unseen Enemy | Janet Tobias | Global | 2017 | 90 min

Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behaviour, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death. We are all connected to any person, animal and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. And that connection is either incredibly dangerous or a powerful force for good. It is our choice which of those becomes true.

CPH:DOX 2017

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzQ5FUSHdgA

17 September

 Finding Hillywood | Chris Towey & Leah Warshawski | Rwanda | 2013 | 60 min 

 Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realisation that we all must one day face our past. In Hillywood (Rwanda’s film industry named for the country’s rolling hills) there is a blossoming film community. As Rwanda is still healing from the wounds of a cultural genocide almost 20 years ago, cinema has become a way for artists to express themselves and create cultural discussion.

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* Audience Award, Best Documentary – Napa Valley Film Festival 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvo90DhfPzw

 

24 September

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Noma | Pablo Pineda Bóveda | South Africa | 2016 | 56 min

Noma is a young black woman who represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack that she shares with four other people: her two sons, her cousin and her younger brother. One of her sons is a semi-paraplegic and blind disabled baby. What she wants is to improve her life and her family’s life and aims to build a house in a new slum facing violent evictions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwzSwIbjqc ]]>

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