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DW Akdemie | Moving pictures, changing perspectives
DW MA-Bild Natascha Schwanke

"We believe in film as a driver for development, not only for the economy but for society as a whole. We want to promote authentic African stories that invite us to change perspectives and to think outside the box. The African creative sector plays a crucial role in promoting freedom of expression on the continent."

Natascha Schwanke, Director of Media Development, DW Akademie

Generation Africa
Berlinale 2022

Film and development

With the support of filmmakers in emerging film markets, DW Akademie and its partners are actively contributing to social change, freedom of expression and the economic empowerment of local storytellers.

DW Akademie Film Development Fund
In focus
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Film For Sama Waad al-Kateab

Surviving the war in Syria: Waad al-Kateab's "For Sama"

Waad al-Kateab captured the conflict in Syria and her own life with her camera and edited the footage into an award-winning film. Taking part in DW Akademie workshops helped pave her way to becoming a citizen journalist.

DW Akademie Tunesien | Projekt CinéShabab

Short films from Tunisia: "This screenplay is very close to my heart" 

CinéShabab promotes short film productions in Tunisia and trains young filmmakers with support from DW Akademie. Thanks to the project, Nihèd Rahmani is using the film format to tell her own story.