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Wednesday 22.9.
5.00 pm
language: English
Free entry!

Directors’ Perspectives on Tales Told will delve into a discussion on inter-generational perspectives of African filmmakers on freedom, migration, cultural conflict, and agency.


Akin Akinsola, Think Africa


Fiona Musanga is a Rwandese filmmaker, writer and painter based in Helsinki. Musanga has written, directed and produced two short films titled ​​Don’t worry ​and ​Alonely​. Currently she is completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Culture and Fine Arts. In addition to her studies, Musanga is in the making of her third short film which is set to begin shooting in the fall of 2022. Musanga is also one of the founding members of Ubuntu Film Club, a collective that has been active since 2019, hosting film screenings and panel discussions all around Helsinki.

Moroccan Mohamed El Aboudi graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Fes in Morocco and with an MA in Film & Television from Bond University in Australia. El Aboudi has directed four feature-length documentaries. His Dance of Outlaws (2012) has won numerous awards, including the Premio Zonta Club Locarno prize and a humanitarian award at DokuFest in Kosovo. El Aboudi, who has lived in Finland since 2002, has also directed over 30 short documentaries for television, some of which have been nominated for the Prix Europa and been presented at numerous festivals. His newest film ”School of Hope” premiered and won the Jury prize in Hot Docs. The film has already been selected to more than 25 film festivals around the world.

Sam Soko is an award-winning director, producer, and editor based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that works to bring uniquely African perspectives to global audiences. LBx Africa produced the 2018 Academy Award–nominated short Watu Wote. His first feature-documentary Softie, in HIFF’s African Express selection, is a story about balancing the deep love of country with the needs of family, premiered at Sundance 2020, winning a special jury prize for editing. Soko is an outspoken defender of freedom of expression and has taken part in global conversations on how to make media matter when the world is on fire.

Sofia Alaoui spent her childhood between Morocco and elsewhere in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She has directed both documentary and fiction shorts that have been selected for many festivals. Her latest documentary was released on the Moroccan main channel in 2019. Sofia is aiming for a cinema beyond borders that flirts with cinematographic genres. She is currently developing her first feature and TV series. She founded the Moroccan production company Jiango Film. She has directed one of the short film in African Axpress – Short Station selection, titled So What if the Goats Die. Watch the trailer here.