On Tuesday 18 April, Aylin Basaran from the University of Vienna presented her research on the history of Tanzania’s film industry from the 1960-90s. According to Basaran, film had already been introduced during Tanzania’s colonial period, particularly as an educational medium to instruct citizens about farming and health practices. Educational films have since been a source of skepticism for Tanzanians.
On Friday 31st March, we were privileged to screen Nadine Cloete’s often harrowing, always riveting, and deeply moving documentary on murdered freedom fighter Ashley Kriel. Nadine, an alumna of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, was present to engage with the audience.
Last week we featured the winner of the South African Film and Television Awards in the category Best Student Film, Roxanne Dalton, for the film Finding Freedom. This week we put the spotlight on Mia Cilliers, also a CFMS alumna, who won the Best Achievement in Directing in a Documentary Short award for the film Six to Six. Both alumni expressed immense gratitude towards Dr Liani Maasdorp from CFMS, who co-produced the two films.
CFMS recently announced that two of its alumni received awards at the South African Film and Television Awards. Rox Dalton's film Finding Freedom won the best Student Film Award, and she was asked to share her experience with us.