Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Biography: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens was born in Stockholm, but is now based in South Africa working as a director and a producer. Tora directed and produced the short film Tommy in Cuba, which was competing for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Her first feature documentary Colombianos has been awarded and shown at Film Festivals around the world. Her feature documentary Martha & Niki was the opening film at Nordic Panorama, and had its international premiere at IDFA 2015. The film received a special mention award for best Nordic documentary 2015.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Martha & Niki (2016).

Filmography:
Martha & Niki (2015).

Martha & Niki

Director: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens
Countries: Sweden
Year: 2015
Running Time: 93min.
Language: Swedish with English subtitles

In 2010, Swedish friends Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos were the first-ever female hip-hop dance duo to beat all of their opponents—men included—at the most important international street-dance competition, Paris’s Juste Debout. Armed with boundless energy and huge amounts of talent, they annihilated the opposition. But what happens when they don’t come out on top? After one such disappointment, the first cracks began to appear in their friendship, and in spite of their shared passions, the girls’ different backgrounds and personalities come into conflict. This documentary not only captures two successful dancers in action, but also two young adults grappling with very different life questions. Where are your roots, and what elements of your culture do you bring along from your homeland? How do you keep your heritage alive, and how can you deal with all of these things within such a dynamic friendship?

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Solveig Norlund

Biogsolveig norlundraphy: Solveig Nordlund is a Swedish-Portuguese filmmaker. Nordlund grew up in Stockholm and earned a BA degree in Art History from the University of Stockholm. In 1962, she met Alberto Seixas Santos, whom she married, and her interest in cinema grew. In 1970, this interest transformed into a profession when she became an assistant on several films. Shortly after, she began to edit films as well. Norlund wears many hats being the founder of an independent film production company as well as a theater director.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solveig_Nordlund)

Films Shown in AA, Inc Programs:
Comedia Infantil (1999).

Filmography:
A Lei da Terra (1977);
Viagem para a Felicidade (1978);
Nem Pássaro Nem Peixe (1978);
Música Para Si  (1979);
Novas Perspectivas
(1980);
Dina e Django (1981);
Vad hände katten i råttans år? (1985);
Resan till Orion (1986);
An Immortal Story (1990);
Marguerite Duras
 (1993);
I morgon, Mario (1994);
Bergtagen  (1994);
António Lobo Antunes
(1997);
Comedia Infantil (1997)
Nelio’s Story (1998);
Uma Voz na Noite 
(1998);
The Ticket Inspector (1999);
Low-Flying Aircraft (2002);
A Filha (2003);
Amanhã (2003);
O Beijo (2006);
O Espelho Lento (2010);
A Morte de Carlos Gardel (2011);
Em Trânsito: José Pedro Croft (2011);
O Meu Outro País (2014).

AFRIPEDIA Series

Directors: Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe
Countries: Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden
Year: 2014
Running Time: 140 min.
Language: English, Portuguese, French and Wolof with English subtitles

Angola

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Angola welcomes us to the home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda, as we delve into the kuduro revolution and meet the people charting its course.

Ghana

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The whispers among those in the know are saying that Accra is the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia, Ghana suggests they’re not wrong.

Kenya

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Through the stories of its key talents, Afripedia, Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars.

Senegal

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In Afripedia, Senegal, we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organizing and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance. Beatmaker Fanny from the Ivory Coast is defying society’s boundaries to create a future for female artists and organizers.

South Africa

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Twenty years after liberation, Afripedia, South Africa portrays a diverse new generation in which fashion designers, animators, cultural entrepreneurs, music producers and guerilla filmmakers redefine what it means to be young, talented and passionate in South Africa today.

Senay Berhe

senay-berheBiography: Senay Berhe, born 1979 is a director based in Stockholm, Sweden. His award-winning work crosses adeptly between documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. He is constantly renewing himself and sees no boundaries in his work. He has travelled across the world with Stocktown Films, capturing the creative generation that are reshaping the image of Africa. The documentary and the project Afripedia launched in 2014 worldwide.

(Source: http://www.cphlab.dk/?filmmakers=senay-berhe-2)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe).
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe).
Afripedia New York (2016)

Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe

teddygoitomBiography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and social engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which succesfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

bentaftBiography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

senay-berheBiography: Senay Berhe, born 1979 is a director based in Stockholm, Sweden. His award-winning work crosses adeptly between documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. He is constantly renewing himself and sees no boundaries in his work. He has travelled across the world with Stocktown Films, capturing the creative generation that are reshaping the image of Africa. The documentary and the project Afripedia launched in 2014 worldwide.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://stocktown.com/africa/
http://www.cphlab.dk/?filmmakers=senay-berhe-2
– http://vimeo.com/taft)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft).
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016).

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown – Benjamin Taft);
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009 – Teddy Goitom);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010 – Benjamin Taft);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014).

Teddy Goitom

teddygoitomBiography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and socially engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which successfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Benjamin Taft

bentaftBiography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

(Sources:
http://vimeo.com/taft
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft

goitom and taftBiography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and social engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which succesfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

Biography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://vimeo.com/taft
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012).

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown – Benjamin Taft);
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009 – Teddy Goitom);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010 – Benjamin Taft);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011).

Comédia Infantil

Director: Solveig Norlund
Country: Sweden and Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: Portuguese

 

Adapted from a Swedish novel that uses poetic drama to illuminate and humanize difficult social issues, this film is a touching account of the hardships faced by the young boy, Nèlio, during Mozambique’s civil war. After losing his family during a raid on his village, Nèlio manages to escape from a training camp for young soldiers. Upon reaching the capital, he becomes the leader of a group of street children who believe he has the power to cure diseases. His burgeoning reputation as a healer, however, cannot shield him from the brutality of war. As Nèlio lays wounded, he recounts his harrowing story to José, the local baker.