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Cinemafrique: African Foreign Language Oscar Hopefuls, Scotland's Africa In Motion Film Festival & A Stunning Senegalese Fashion Short

Okayafrica's Cinemafrique looks at African film and TV news on foreign language Oscar contenders, Scotland's Africa In Motion and more.


Still from Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu'

Welcome to the latest installment of Okayafrica’s Cinemafrique series. Every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at the four African films in the running for the 2015 Academy Awards' Foreign Language Film, Femme, a stunning short fashion film set in Senegal, and the lineup for Scotland's Africa In Motion Festival later this month.

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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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