The Africa Film Project (AFP) equips journalists working in restricted and emerging democracies to bring the untold stories of their homelands to an international audience through compelling documentary films. Selected participants receive a full video production and editing kit as well as extensive training and mentorship. AFP student produced stories include, the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon, discrimination against African Albinos, and Nigeria's lack of handicap accessibility.
Journalists in Africa often work in a climate of corruption, a lack of basic equipment, and repressive media laws. The rest of the world rarely hears about what is really happening in many African nations, because journalists lack the training, resources, and freedom to tell real stories about real people in an independent voice.
The Africa Film Project equips journalist-filmmakers with the resources and creative skills they need to tell the important stories of their countries in a manner that transcends borders and cultures. We mentor and coach these journalist-filmmakers and then connect them to venues and supportive creative communities so that an international audience can see their films. Applicants selected for the AFP program complete intensive training sessions in Cape Town, South Africa and Washington, DC.
The AFP shares the vision of writing mentor Robert McKee that "storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today." The program identifies and supports this next generation of African story-tellers who are already sparking social change through their films, by touching hearts and enlightening minds. By empowering African journalists to tell stories from their own cultural perspective and heritage, the AFP hopes to create an international dialogue on current issues.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).