African Storytelling Summer School
Goethe-Institut South Africa in collaboration with Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF is hosting the African Storytelling Summer School at the university in September.
The four-day event, which starts with an opening event at Film Museum Babelsberg on the 22nd and runs from the 23rd – 26th September, comes out of the Film School Network project, of which Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF is part.
The Summer School, which will grapple with different aspects of storytelling with focus on film, gathers film-educators, filmmakers, writers, academics and others, for presentations, panel discussions, film-screenings as well as an exhibition. The last day of the Summer School will be devoted to exploring how the insights gained can assist in what is ultimately the objective of the Film School Network-project: strengthening film education.
Many of the invited contributors are storytellers employing more than one mean and platform for expression. This will lead to rich engagement that will both link and transcend the different segments of the programme (listed below).
Among these contributors are Filmuniversität-Professors Peter Henning and Torsten Schulz and Jürgen Seidler, who teaches scriptwriting at DFFB (Film School Network-member institution). Tsitsi Dangarembga is a renowned filmmaker/novelist from Zimbabwe and DFFB-alumni; Jennifer Makumbi (PhD) is a novelist from Uganda and recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prizes-award for fiction and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014); Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann a filmmaker/poet/still-photographer from Kenya/Germany; Dylan Valley from South Africa is a lecturer/filmmaker/curator/contributing editor of the well-known Africa is a Country blog and Martin Mhando (PhD) a Professor in film at Murdoch University, Australia and former Director of Zanzibar International Film Festival.
The Summer School facilitator, Jyoti Mistry (PhD) is an extensively published academic and prolific filmmaker and Professor in Film at Valand Academy in Gothenburg (Sweden) and, until recently, at Wits School of Arts University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (also a Film School Network member-institution).
The Past and Present of African Storytelling in Film: Setting of the historical and conceptual framework for approaches in contemporary discussions on cinematic storytelling
Storytelling and Identity: Locating and, situating the self, subjects and subjectivities in the identity politics of story
Storytelling Strategies: Structures, methods, formulas and their impact
Storytelling Platforms: The platform is the message
Storytelling and Time: Different times, different premises, a variety of stories
Storytelling and Space: Memory, monument, space