Documentary Masterclass

Fri 24 Oct, 2.00pm-5.00pm | Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Lecture Theatre G40 | Free and non-ticketed

Acclaimed Cameroonian documentary filmmaker Osvalde Lewat will be presenting a free masterclass as part of AiM.

After serving as a journalist for several years Osvalde opted for documentary filmmaking. Her first documentary, entitled Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope), was produced in Toronto in 2001, and denounces the sidelining of the American Indians. The film that brought her international recognition is Beyond the Pains (2003) which deals with a prisoner who was sentenced to four years for a minor crime, but ended up being imprisoned for 33 years. Her next film, A Love During the War (2006) deals with raped women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Her films have won several awards around the world. In her latest film, Black Business, she addresses the question posed by Nigerian Nobel Laureate author Wole Soyinka: "They say Africans are not ready for democracy. So I wonder: have they ever been ready for dictatorship?" Black Business will be screened on Fri 24 Oct at 6.00pm.

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