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Okayafrica TV: Focus Features Supports Emerging African Filmmakers

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Focus Features is well-known for its unique flicks including such arty gems as Lost in Translation and Brokeback Mountain. In 2008 Focus launched Africa First, a program geared toward building a filmmaking industry in Africa. Each year Africa First grants $10,000 to emerging filmmakers from across the continent to tell their story. As part of the program, the participants are flown to New York City where they are paired up with an established industry professional to help advise them on their scripts. Program Director Kisha Cameron-Dingle invited Okayafrica to join the filmmakers on a private tour of the Museum of the Moving Image. Watch the full video of the tour above. For more information on Africa First click here.

Video shot by Jay Sprogell, edited by Aubrey Murdock.

 

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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

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For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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