About the Festival

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.


Director’s 2017 Message

Greetings:

Welcome to the 10th edition of the 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 AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. In this highly significant decade edition of the festival we shall be riding ahead into our next decade, with a retrospective. A review of the highlights of our festival over the past decade. Our collaborative partners shall join us in reviewing and celebrating the work of the film makers that has created the AWDFF brand.

These are works represented by filmmakers from the Africa world in its entirety. Quiet a remarkable feat!

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; the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

My sincere appreciation goes to the International Studies and Programs Associate Provost, Dr. Joel Glassman, its Assistant Director Mr. Bob Baumann and Ms. Pat Knapp the Office Manager. I would also like to especially say immense thanks and appreciation to Mr. Ephrem Andemariam who departs the festival this year to pursue other opportunities. I cannot thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to the festival. He will always be a part of the AWDFF family and will hopefully return here from time to time to lend a hand.

Appreciation also goes to the following individuals: Mr. Barney Bradshaw and the staff at Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO; Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon, 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; Dr. Rachel Moseley-Wood and Franklyn St. Juste of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Wayne Cezair of the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Drs.’ Tom Garrett of the University of New Haven.

I wish you an enjoyable 10th Year commemoration

‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
E. Desmond Lee Professor
Festival Director