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WINNER – PAFF EXECUTIVES’ AWARD: BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Women bleach themselves and their children despite great health risks. Set in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, this docu-choreopoem captures the beauty of Blackness through the lens of the youth coming-of-age amid a skin-bleaching epidemic.
I Am Not Your Hero
Set in this time of COVID-19, female doctors illuminate the toll that caring for others takes on their roles as mothers and wives, and their desire to be seen for who they are: talented doctors and ordinary people.
Mama of Manyatta
Twenty years ago, Phelgone Jacks was fired from her job as a schoolteacher because of her HIV status. Many children were also barred from schools due to HIV stigma, so Phelgone began teaching them under her own roof. Eventually, she built an Early Childhood Development center and founded a community-based organization combating HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence in the slum of Manyatta. Mama of Manyatta closely follows Phelgone in action, serving as a mother figure to Manyatta’s young and old.