African Storytelling

22 - 26 September 2018

The Summer School African Storytelling gathered at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF Potsam film-practitioners, authors and educators from across the world, who explored various aspects of the overarching topic in presentations, panel-discussions, group-sessions and film screenings.

The African Storytelling Summer School began with an opening reception at Film Museum Potsdam on 22 September. In celebration of the partnership between the cities of Potsdam and Zanzibar, the evening-event featured German-Kenyan filmmaker/photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s 2018 film, New Moon, awarded at the recent edition of Zanzibar International Film Festival. The themes that were explored from the morning of Sunday 23 September until the afternoon of Wednesday 26 September, include: The Past and Present of African Storytelling in Film, Storytelling and Identity, Storytelling Strategies, Storytelling Platforms, Storytelling and Time, Storytelling and Space

Among the contributors and participants were:Zimbabwean filmmaker/novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga (Nervous Conditions); Senior lecturer from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Dr. Tanja Skota; German novelist/scenarist/academic Prof. Torsten Schulz from Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF; award winning Namibian filmmaker Perivi Katjavivi andSouth African filmmaker/academic Prof. Jyoti Mistry.

Co-organised by Goethe-Institut South Africa and Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the African Storytelling Summer School, is one of the activities of the Film School Network project, run by the Goethe-Institut South Africa.

The summer school was kindly funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the state capital Potsdam.