Ivy Mills is a continuing lecturer in the History of Art department at UC Berkeley, where she teaches courses on African arts and visual cultures. She has ongoing research projects in Senegal and Nigeria on contemporary works that address social exclusion and gender asymmetries in religious practice and representation.
A hard-charging theater director and activist attempts to bring her successful play on women’s empowerment into one of the toughest, most male-dominated spheres—Nigeria’s largest “floating slum,” Makoko. Ifeoma Fafunwa, “Mrs. F.,” hopes to team some of Nollywood’s most popular actresses with the women of Makoko for her project, but first she must navigate all the men in the way, from the local kingpin to the elderly preachers, on down to the beefy “area boys” and even her doubtful Uber driver. Mrs. F underlines just how much it takes to make a difference, and to empower someone enough to finally say, “I have courage.”
Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die
Leonard Cortana, Brazil, 2019
The film recounts the Black women’s movement that spread after the murder of Afro-Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco.