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African Filmmaking in the Digital Era: Bringing New Audiences to African Cinema

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus East Gallery, Buell Hall

This panel examines how the next generation of African media makers are using new technological tools in exciting and evolving ways to amplify their voices and find new audiences. These media makers use of Skype, cell phones, and portable cameras is leading to an explosion of voices across the digital landscape, from blogs, to new forms of guerilla filmmaking, to new networks of distribution. These media makers are pooling their resources, creating new opportunities for filmmakers who in previous generations lacked the necessary tools to make films. The panel features filmmakers, new media distributors, critics, and academics. Film clips will also be shown.

Event organized by the African Film Festival and co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Franaise, Institute of African Studies and School of the Arts Film Division