The Power of Art: Women’s Voices in Africa
(52 minutes) Algeria/Benin/Burkina Faso/Egypt/Mali/Morocco/Nigeria/Senegal/South Africa
Director/Producer: Claudine Pommier
Culture is no longer a static body of knowledge, values, practices and expressions shared and passed on by a community. It is a dynamic reality. The Power of Art: Women’s Voices in Africa explores how contemporary African women who choose to be professional artists claim their position, and deal with the stereotypes associated with being an African and a woman. The film also focuses on the role professional artists may play in addressing the challenges women are faced with on the African continent.
Claudine Pommier is a Canadian filmmaker and visual artist whose credits include Toumani Diabaté, The Voice of the Kora and The Art of Women of Tiebele. She is also the founder and executive director of the Arts in Action Society. She has had exhibitions in Canada, France, Mexico, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, the US and North Africa.
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