Calling all women in film and literature

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On Saturday, 23 August, the newly formed Soweto Writers’ Centre will host the Women in Film & Literature Seminar from 9am to 5pm at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus. Speakers such as screenwriter Karin Duma, Eve Rantseli of Women of the Sun (WoS) and secretary-general of the Pan African Filmmakers Association (FEPACI), Seipati Bulane-Hopa, are on the programme.

Positioned as a leading and distinctive African film and literary institution, the Soweto Writers’ Centre was initiated by Basil Dube of the South African Script Writers’ Union (SASWU). Says Dube: “We need women to get together and talk and our seminar will feature first time writers as well as established ones. Karin Duma will speak on her experiences as a South African screenwriter growing up in exile in the US, while Seipati Bulane-Hopa will give FEPACI’s perspective on African women filmmakers and screenwriting and the direction FEPACI is taking regarding gender issues. We have also invited Jackie Motsepe of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to speak about the Foundation’s funding criteria.’

At the seminar members of the Women Writers’ Forum will be elected to represent the interests of women at the Soweto Writers’ Centre.

If you are interested in attending the Women in Film & Literature Seminar please e-mail Buhle Khechane, events co-ordinator of the Soweto Writers’ Centre, on buhlekhechane@yahoo.com or sowetoevents@gmail.com or telephone 083 945-3242.

Read about the Soweto’s Writers’ Centre in the September issue of Screen Africa.

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