About the Festival

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) is sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies, Studies International studies and Program, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The AWDFF has as its objective the promotion of knowledge and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context.

In promotion of the Pan African context, public viewings of submission accepted by AWDFF shall also occur in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

Though the AWDFF is non-competitive, prizes of $1,000 and $500 shall be awarded to two documentaries in Full-length and Short categories, respectively judged by the AWDFF committee as furthering understanding and contributing significantly to knowledge of the African World.


Director’s 2018 Message

Greetings:

Welcome to the 11th edition of the E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African-American Studies, International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Through the art of documentary filmmaking AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge, life and culture, of the people of Africa worldwide. In this highly significant decade edition of the festival we shall be riding ahead into our next decade, with a retrospective. A review of the highlights of our festival over the past decade. Our collaborative partners shall join us in reviewing and celebrating the work of the film makers that has created the AWDFF brand.

These are documentary films by filmmakers that focus on the Africa World, either on or away from the African continent. Quiet a remarkable feat!

Once again we are grateful to continue our important collaboration with our local, national and international partners, the Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis; the University of New Haven in Connecticut, Sam Houston State University in Texas, the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; the Institute of African Studies, at the University of Ghana, Legon; the iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; Pulp Cinema at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; the Universities of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and Cave Hill, Barbados; Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, and the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

My sincere appreciation goes to the International Studies and Programs Associate Provost, Dr. Joel Glassman, Ms. Michele Davis and Professor Jennifer McKnight.

Appreciation also goes to the following individuals: Mr. Emily Underwood and the staff at Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO; Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon, of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana; Dr. Andrew Armstrong of the University of West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados; Mr. Femi Odugbemi, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo, Mr. Makin Soyinka, Mr. Lanre Olupona at iREP International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Dr. Jean Bodon at Sam Houston State University in Texas; Dr. Tom Garrett at University of New Haven in Connecticut, Dr. Molefi Asante at The Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies in Philadelphia, PA; Mr. Werner de Swardt and Dr. Julia Cain at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; Dr. Rachel Moseley-Wood of the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica; Dr. Porawan Pattayanon at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand, and Mr. Wayne Cezair of the Caribbean Travelling Film School in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

We are proud to present our 11th year AWDFF edition. Hope you enjoy!

‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
E. Desmond Lee Professor
Festival Director