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Life Like A Girl: A Documentary That Celebrates Female Weightlifters in Egypt

Life Like A Girl: A Documentary That Celebrates Female Weightlifters in Egypt

On a busy street corner in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, an open-air training camp for female weightlifters has been inspiring women to reach the top of the sport for two decades – smashing taboos in the process. It also inspired Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed to spotlight women’s success in the male-dominated sport in “Lift […]

Lupita’s Documentary Sheds Light On The Forgotten Women Warriors

Lupita’s Documentary Sheds Light On The Forgotten Women Warriors

Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o made historians sit up last week when Channel 4 television showed her documentary, “Warrior Women”, about the fearsome but virtually unknown Agoji females from West Africa’s past. The Agoji were women fighters in the kingdom of Dahomey, present-day Benin, between the 17th and 19th centuries. As to why their story […]

Zero Point Company To Produce A Documentary About Bourdain

Zero Point Company To Produce A Documentary About Bourdain

We’ve learned a lot about celebrity chef and travel guide Anthony Bourdain since his suicide in June. But CNN officials tell Vanity Fair there’s “still a hunger to know more about him.” CNN and “Parts Unknown” production company Zero Point Zero are in the early stages of producing a feature-length documentary about Bourdain. The film […]

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

Life In Film: Preserving The Legacy Of Sudanese Film-Maker Jadallah Jubara

As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah fell silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up Sudan’s first private film studio in the 1970s. But in 2008, following an eight-year court battle over ownership of the land, the government demolished Studio […]

This Documentary Uncovers an Afro-Cuban Community Singing in an Almost Extinct African Language

This Documentary Uncovers an Afro-Cuban Community Singing in an Almost Extinct African Language

They Are We tells a story that, were it not told by a University professor in the middle of a documentary, you’d swear couldn’t possibly be true. Emma Christopher, who’s written extensively on the Atlantic slave trade and teaches at the University of Sydney, found herself connecting a remote chiefdom in Sierra Leone with a […]

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Anyone working in international development for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over the past few years has likely had one of the following experiences: 1) Witnessing an external consultant or boss being flown in from abroad to “manage” the field office in [insert any non-Western nation here. Note that field office can just mean the capital city […]