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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.”

AfriDocs is screened every Thursday night at 9pm GMT+2 on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) and will be seen in 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.The Team

Don EdkinsDon Edkins, Executive Director and board member of STEPS, is a documentary filmmaker and producer. He has produced multiple award-winning documentary projects such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? The latter Peabody awarded project was screened globally by 70 major broadcasters and featured 8 feature-length and 34 short films.

Iikka VehkalahtiIikka Vehkalahti is a STEPS board member and consultant for AfriDocs. He is Executive Producer at IV Films, Rough Cut Service and Dare to Dream. Previously, he was a commissioning editor for the Finnish broadcasting company, Yle Documentaries and has been involved in numerous international documentaries like The Act of Killing, Three Rooms of Melancholia, Armadillo, Happiness, Don´t Breath, Lakshmi and Me, Placebo, Viva les Antipodes.

Theresa HillTheresa Hill has worked at STEPS since the invention of the wheel. As a founding member of the organisation she has managed the Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? projects over the last 15 years. Her work with AfriDocs includes acquisitions, marketing and programming. 

 

Patrice CarterPatrice Carter joined STEPS in 2014 and works on AfriDocs as a project manager doing acquisitions, marketing, programming and digital content management. Her career includes 12 years in music video and commercial production and music and talent management in New York City.

 

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