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Sisters of the Screen
African Women in the Cinema
A film by Beti Ellerson
US, 2002, 73 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W04822
Exploring the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, Beti Ellerson’s engaging debut intersperses interviews with such acclaimed women directors as Safi Faye, Sarah Maldoror, Anne Mungai, Fanta Régina Nacro and Ngozi Onwurah with footage from their seminal work. With power and nuance, Ellerson also confronts the thorny question of cultural authenticity by revisiting the legendary 1991 FESPACO (Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou), in which diasporian women were asked to leave a meeting intended for African woman only. This film is both a valuable anthology and a fitting homage to the pioneers and new talents of African cinema.


  • Flying Broom International Film Festival
  • Athens International Studies Film and Video Festival
  • Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)
  • Cinematheque Quebecois
  • African Cinema Conference
  • African Studies Association Conference

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    “A superb instructional tool…of great use for teachers of African Cinema, African History, African Politics and also Women’s Studies.”
    Dr. Gloria Emeagwali
    Professor of History/African Studies, Central Connecticut State University

    “Fascinating…an excellent addition to collections on film and women’s and African studies.”
    Danna Bell-Russel
    Library Journal

    “An incredible reclamation and exploration of African women’s lives and histories by African women filmmakers.”
    Jacqueline Bobo
    Women’s Studies and Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara

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