Topic & Statement Films Unveil 10 Films by African Women Creators – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Episodic films and projects from Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda have been unveiled in the final selection of North American streamer Topic and Statement Films’ program to support, develop and finance projects by African filmmakers.

Feature films and episodic projects span a range of genres including thriller, sci-fi, suspense, mystery and crime from various African countries and tell a range of diasporic stories.

The selected projects are: Big fish (Victoria Thomas), prepare yourselves (Thati Pelé & Cait Pansegrouw), Eziko (Jenna Bass & Babalwa Baartman), The Legend of Madame Koi-Koi (Melissa O. Adeyemo & Chioma Onyenwe), Link (Mary Waireri) The Rain Queen (Nonzi Bogatsu) The stone that was moved (Patience Nitumwesiga), 2065 (Carmen Sangion & Carol Kioko), Sister Nancy (Amirah Tajdin & Wafa Tajdin), and You never see it coming (Nelisa Ngcobo).

The program was revealed exclusively by Deadline in June as part of a co-partnership between First Look Media’s SVoD Topic and Areej Noor’s women-led start-up Statement Films. Submissions then came from 27 African countries, of which 34 were shortlisted and 10 selected.

Noor said the final 10 “represent the most promising African writers and creators of this generation”, adding, “This selection of premium projects demonstrates our belief in the explosive talent of the continent’s women writers and directors.”

Subject General Manager Ryan Chanatry added: “Each story is masterfully grounded in relatable human truth, built from the personal experiences of our amazing cast of filmmakers.”

The subject set a growth path for this year, and Chanatry told Deadline in December that the streamer had focused its attention on “high crime and suspense.”

Jessica C. Bell