African Shorts – African pop cultures


Short Film Program
Ghana and others 2021
followed by panel discussion with Pamela Owusu-Brenyah & Fatou Kandé Senghor


The short film reel AFRICAN SHORTS – AFRICAN POP CULTURES (Ghana and others 2021) focuses on short formats that deal with current trends in African pop cultures, including ADIKORO – WOMEN IN MUSIC: GHANA (Ghana, Germany 2021), a short documentary by German-Ghanaian director and curator Pamela Owusu-Brenyah that deals with female empowerment in the pop music scene of Ghana. ADIKORO means something like “equal” in Twi and thus also formulates in the title the claim that Owusu-Brenyah’s debut pursues: The grievance documented in it is to be remedied and female artists encouraged to follow their dreams of a music career. An event in cooperation with the Pop-Kultur Festival Berlin.

Pamela Owusu-Brenyah is committed to the visibility of contemporary Afro-pop culture and people of African descent in Germany. The Berlin-based music consultant, festival organiser and DJ is currently a programme curator at Pop-Kultur and worked in the past as an A&R for Universal Music Central Europe & Africa. As a freelance consultant, she has curated programming for Pop-Kultur Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, Federal Ministry for Development and Cooperation and GIZ, among others, since 2019.

With the foundation of her own community platform and festival AFRO x POP in 2018, she aims to give a stage to talented female artists of the Afro-German scene. Pamela is also a jury member of Musicboard Berlin’s Artist and Residency Funding Program and a board member of Music Women* Germany, a nationwide network and digital database that promotes gender equality and women’s participation in music.

In summer 2021, the Afropop expert shot her first documentary film project. For “ADIKORO”, she travelled to Ghana, interviewed female artists and actors from the music business to get to the bottom of the socio-economic conditions that block women’s access and visibility in the local and global pop business.

Fatou Kandé Senghor

Fatou Kandé Senghor is an award-winning writer, visual artist, documentary filmmaker and educator, living in Dakar. Her most recent film, “Donner Naissance” (“Giving Birth”), was selected for the 56th Venice Biennale.

Senghor has written widely on gender, culture, history and African cinema and is the founder of Waru Studio, a space for young artists and filmmakers to explore the intersections of art, science, technology and politics in Africa. Her most important collaborations include working with Ousmane Sembène on “Faat Kiné” (2000) and with Wim Wenders on “The Invisible” (2007), a documentary about sexual violence against women in Congo.