This Is My Africa (2009)
Documentary, 52 mins, (2009) www.thisismyafrica.com
This Is My Africa is the seminal, award-winning 52-minute documentary which took a deceptively simple but innovative approach to telling a new kind of story about Africa and Africans. Produced and directed by Zina Saro-Wiwa the film is a quirky reposte to a global conversation about Africa that was, at the time it was made, steeped in negativity, poverty porn and inertia. This Is My Africa was shown on HBO between 2010 and 2012 and toured globe at multiple film festivals and museums.
“On the global stage ‘Conversations About Africa’ are held between world leaders, pop stars, NGOs. Not between ordinary people that love or despair at or have hope for the continent. I want to push these more private, nuanced and passionate conversations into the public realm to add subtlety to the public dialogue.” Zina Saro-Wiwa (2008)
This Is My Africa features interviewees such as Lupita Nyong’o, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Akomfrah, Noo Saro-Wiwa and Yinka Shonibare MBE amongst others. It has been shown in museums and galleries all over the world, and also at film festivals in New York, Atlanta, Accra, Amsterdam, Berlin, Lagos, Abuja, London, Edinburgh, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Holland and all around the US. This Is My Africa was also featured on CNN in April 2008, won Best Documentary Short at the International Black Docufest 2008, and was shown on HBO from 2010 to 2012. To learn more about the film visit www.thisismyafrica.com