AfriDocs: Documentaries For Africa
AfriDocs is an African broadcast first – a bold and exciting broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis.
AfriDocs uses the power of satellite television to reach new audiences, expose the best work in African documentary filmmaking, and get people across the continent discussing common issues.
Audiences across Africa have responded to the chance to see real African stories that not only address many of the challenges facing the continent, but also stories that celebrate the diverse cultures, languages and peoples of Africa and the world.
“So many documentary films have been shot in Africa, but very few have been seen by African audiences”, says AfriDocs Executive Producer Don Edkins from Steps in Cape Town, “this heralds a new era of distribution for the continent.”
AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.
Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Director of Social Impact Media at Bertha Philanthropies, said that the Bertha Foundation is proud to partner with Steps to help bring great documentary films to audiences across Africa, “Connecting documentary film to African audiences is something we have been hoping to do for some time now, and this is an ideal platform for that.”
February 2017 marks a new era for AfriDocs with a brand new broadcast partner and schedule. AfriDocs will be screened every Sunday night on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) starting 5 FEB 2017 and will be seen in 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town. He has produced various documentary projects of multiple films that have been broadcast around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? The latest, Peabody awarded, with 8 long and 34 short documentary films was screened globally by 70 broadcasters. He is currently Executive Producer of AfriDocs, the first weekly primetime documentary strand across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED.
Iikka Vehkalahti is executive producer at IV Films, Rough Cut Service and Dare to Dream. He is a consultant for STEPS and AfriDocs.He was a commissioning editor for the Finnish broadcasting company, Yle Documentaries from 1998-2015 and a visiting professor at Tampere University from 2011-2012. He has been involved in or supported numerous international well known documentaries like The Act of Killing, Three Rooms of Melancholia, Armadillo, Happiness, Don´t Breath, Lakshmi and Me, Placebo, Viva les Antipodes.
Patrice Carter joined STEPS in 2014 to work on AfriDocs doing research, acquisitions and digital content management for the broadcast initiative. Her professional background spans 12 years in music videos and commercials in New York City before relocating to Cape Town. Her work at STEPS is a marrying of her two worlds – commercial film production and her passion for media advocacy.
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