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Finding Africa’s Next Generation of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Finding Africa’s Next Generation of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy, Innovation
Netflix (www.Netflix.com) and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa (https://bit.ly/3v7ar9e). Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. The competition, which will be administer...
UNESCO Launches the Portuguese version of its Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa

UNESCO Launches the Portuguese version of its Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy
As part of its on-going project of strengthening the role of judicial actors in Africa on international and regional standards on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, UNESCO has launched the Portuguese version of its Legal Standards on Freedom of Expression: Toolkit for the Judiciary in Africa. The Toolkit provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues pertaining to the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and the safety of journalists. Addressed to judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and other legal actors, as well as civil society representatives and the media, the Toolkit provides an overview of the international standards and regional jurisprudence on these fundamental rights, as well as their contemporary legal challenges, pa...
UNESCO Director-General to attend International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme in Africa

UNESCO Director-General to attend International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme in Africa

Business, Economy
Mere days after the World Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature shone a light on the global diversity crisis, stating that more than 8,500 species are threatened with extinction, the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) meets for its 33rd Session in Abuja (Nigeria) from 13 to 17 September 2021. The council will review proposals for new biosphere reserves on 15 September. The meeting will be opened by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, marking the first time that the MAB-ICC is held in Africa. The Minister of Environment of Nigeria, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, will also participate...