Stories from Africa in Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) 2019
November 5, 2019

IAT Bureau / New Delhi

Watch four incredible stories from Africa in 7th annual edition of Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) to be organised in New Delhi. The festival will be organised from November 29-December 01, 2019 in New Delhi, India.

X-Ray Machines: Africa’s Broken System, Dir: Inglin Sophie

Today, less than 14% of the world’s population consumes more than 80% of medical technology. Like other developing countries, Cameroon deplores its poor access to essential medical equipment. Due to lack of financial resources, the country then receives many donations of equipment, from various countries. Yet nearly 70% of donated medical equipment is never actually used in Sub-Saharan Africa. What does the future hold for medical technology in the parts of the world where our equipment is now piling up?

Sides of a Horn, Dir: Toby Wosskow

From executive producer Sir Richard Branson, ‘Sides of a Horn’ is the first film to tell the story of South Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events, and filmed in the townships and game reserves most directly impacted by wildlife crime, this dramatic short film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern war that is tearing apart communities and driving a pre-historic species to the verge of extinction

Vanilla – The Hunt for The Brown Gold, Dir: Andreas Ewels

The price of vanilla has increased exponentially in recent years. The demand too. The consequenc is that a fight for the world’s most expensive spice has broken out. Madagascar produce 80 per cent of all vanilla. Growing vanilla is one of the few opportunities to make a living. But there’s always the shadow of death hanging over vanilla. The farmers say that thieves rob them of up to 70 per cent of harvest. Bloody clashes results in murdered farmers and lynched thieves. Also, social differences in Madagascar are constantly growing, as a few people are getting richer, while the rest are poorer and poorer. Due to high price, the lucrative business is becoming a lucrative activity for mafia and corrupt politicians. The film takes you into the fascinating world of vanilla, but also shows the dark sides of this wonderful spice.

STONEWALL 50: Where next for LGBTQ+ lives, Dir: Nicola Milne, Shanshan Chen

50 years after the Stonewall Riots in the US, which were a turning point for LGBTQ+ lives, this film looks at some of the challenges facing LGBTQ+ people around the world today. Filmed in 4 continents, the film follow personal, poignant stories of those fighting for their rights today. In Tanzania, Amani (not his real name) is filmed in silhouette as he lives in hiding and shares his story of facing 30 years imprisonment if found to be gay. Jovi and Mindy, a lesbian couple in living Taiwan, have spearheaded the right to marry, in order to legally adopt their child together. Eduardo, a transgender man living in one of the most dangerous cities ( San Pedro Sula), in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, ( Honduras) shares his frightening past, his fears today, and his hopes for a better life, that have come through love. Joe, an ex sailor,who is suing to get his medals back from the Armed Forces, after being dismissed many years ago for being bi-sexual. Four ordinary, extraordinary stories 50 years after Stonewall.

(Cover Photo: Film-Sides of a Horn, Dir – Toby Wosskow)

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