uNomalanga and the Witch
uNomalanga and the Witch

Film Africa 2016, the Royal African Society’s annual 10-day film festival, drew to a close with the UK premiere of Daouda Coulibaly’s auspicious debut feature, Wùlu. Palesa Nomanzi Shongwe’s uNomalanga and the Witch was announced the winner of the 6th Baobab Award at the Closing Night Gala. Jury member Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, said: “uNomalanga and the Witch craftily entwines sexism, sensuality and sisterhood into the fabric of this highly adept short film from South Africa. The director sprinkles her black girl magic onto this afrocentric piece where deep seated passion and conservative principles collide.”

Children of the Mountain
Children of the Mountain

The Film Africa Audience Award for Best Feature Film returned for its second year, with a £1,500 cash prize. Audiences selected Children of the Mountain, an important story of female employment in rural Ghana. Director Priscilla Anany said: “I wanted to tell a story that spoke for and to mothers with special needs children. The film raises awareness that those with disabilities are normal people and as such, should be loved, treated with respect and valued equally. I’m very grateful to Film Africa for the opportunity to screen my film. I know there’s a great future for African cinema and I want to continue to be part of it.”

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