The story of Africa is being rewoven at the Input 2008 International Public Television conference, currently running at the Sandton Convention Centre until 10 May.

The Story Tree: Re-storying Africa, which happened last night at the conference, aimed to place African storytellers at the centre of the global circle of storytellers.

"Cinematically the story of Africa is not balanced and The Story Tree is one session that shows how African filmmakers are re-storying Africa through their films," says Maganthrie Pillay, the content coordinator for Input 2008.

The Story Tree featured a panel of five accomplished African filmmakers engaging with the audience around a selection of films specially chosen for the session.

The filmmaker panelists included:

  • Owen 'Alik Shahadah: UK-based director of 500 Years Later and winner of many awards including the UNESCO Breaking the Chains prize at the Zanzibar Film Festival ZIFF.
  • Jihan El-Tahri: Egyptian director and Secretary-general of the Guild of African Film Makers in the Diaspora. Director of The House of Saud and Cuba: An African Odyssey.
  • Junaid Ahmed: South African director of More Than Just A Game
  • Taghreed Elsanhouri: Sudanese director of All About Darfur and winner of the ZIFF Chairperson's prize.
  • Teboho Mahlatsi: South African director of the acclaimed Yizo-Yizo TV series and Meokgo and The Stick Fighter.

Film extracts included:
500 Years Later - directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
All About Darfur - directed by Taghred Elsanhouri
Cuba The African Odyssey - directed by Jihan El-Tahri
More Than Just A Game - directed by Junaid Ahmed
Meokgo and the Stick Fighter - directed by Teboho Mahlatsi

GFC is one of the key sponsors of Input2008, for which you can register directly at the Sandton Convention Centre on Level 2.

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Source: Input2008