The Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies, Studies International studies and Program, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The AWDFF has as its objective the promotion of knowledge and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context.
In promotion of the Pan African context, public viewings of submission accepted by AWDFF shall also occur in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
Though the AWDFF is non-competitive, prizes of $1,000 and $500 shall be awarded to two documentaries in Full-length and Short categories, respectively judged by the AWDFF committee as furthering understanding and contributing significantly to knowledge of the African World.
Welcome to the 9th E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African-American Studies, International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis.
Through the art of documentary filmmaking, the AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. This year, in our ninth season, we shall be presenting 35 films submitted by filmmakers from Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, Jordan, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uganda, and USA.
We celebrate and congratulate the extraordinary group of talented filmmakers who have employed their craft and skills in the exploration the experiences of people of African origin all around the world. Some of the major subjects covered in this year’s selection are Art, Business, Crime & Violence, Culture, Education, Gender, History, Human trafficking, Immigration, Identity, Music & Dance, Traditional Religion, Personal biographies, Politics, Poverty, Race, Society, Sport, as well as Women issues.
Once again we are grateful to continue our important collaboration with our local, national and international partners, the Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis; St. Louis University’s Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program; the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; the Institute of African Studies, at the University of Ghana, Legon; the iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa; the Universities of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and Cave Hill, Barbados; as well as the “I Will Tell” International Film Festival in London, England. This year we are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. We welcome both our new partners in Trinidad and Tobago and Texas to the growing family of AWDFF.
As always, my sincere appreciation goes to the International Studies and Programs, especially the Director, Dr. Joel Glassman and Mr. Ephrem Andemariam, the Coordinator of African/African American Studies and the film festival.
I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the following individuals: Mr. Barney Bradshaw and the staff at Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO; Drs.’ Francis Dodoo, Ọbádélé Kambon, Jehifo Nanbigne and Edwin Adjei of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana; Dr. Jane Bryce of the University of West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados; Mr. Femi Odugbemi, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo, Mr. Lanre Olupona, Ms. Toyin Fajj at iREP International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Drs.’ Vince Casaregola and Michelle Lorenzini of St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO; Drs’ Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama of The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; Drs’. Leolyn Jackson and Roger Field of the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa; Ms. Jenny Lee of “I Will Tell” International Film Festival in London, UK; Drs.’ Tunde Bewaji, Rachel Moseley-Wood and Franklyn St. Juste of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and our new partner, Mr. Wayne Cezair of the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Drs.’ Tom Garrett, Jean Bodon and Kelly Arena of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.
I wish you an enjoyable Festival
‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
E. Desmond Lee Professor