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ArtMattan Films Remembers Senegalese Filmmaker Khady Sylla (1963-2013)

  • By ArtMattan Films
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  • October 21, 2013 11:47 AM
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African women filmmakers have a very hard time to have a voice in the concert of voices that today resonate in African cinema. The names of Safi Faye, Fanta Nacro, Khady Sylla, Wanuri Kahiu, Ana Lisboa, Nadia El Fani and many more are not well known. However, many of them have a body of work that is impressive as they go into areas that many of the male filmmakers don't even think about. Khady Sylla died last week at the age of 50 and she was an important personality in the context of Senegalese intellectual life. She was a writer, a filmmaker and a thinker. Her point of view about Islam and society, expressed in Angèle Diabang Brener film Islam and Women of Senegal (Sénégalaises et Islam), are very lucid and analytical regarding Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa and women.Khady Sylla directed three documentaries:- The Silent Monologue 2008- An Open Window -2005- Colobane Express-2000The Silent Monologue and Colobane Express are distributed by ArtMattan Productions.