05:00 PM

Capturing Film Business with Botho & Ubuntu

An Event with Tsitsi Dangarembga* and Gabriele Sindler*

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gabriele Sindler present their African-European collaboration in the fields of story & script development and creation of films. The aim of their cooperation is to bring relevant and artistically well-presented content to broad film audiences all over the world.

The world is in search of new ideas as to how we can progress as humanity. So far, African films have contributed little to this discourse. Humanity and all that is associated with humanity can only benefit from engaging with the knowledge of non-dominant imaginaries presented in their narratives, including cinematic narratives. Every successful film is based on a great script. The story, the characters and their universe, the topics/subjects and every other aspect must be fully worked-out and fully adapted to the specifications of the 7th art. The result must have the potential to impress audiences on more than just one continent.

Tsitsi Dangarembga launched, from her Harare-based institute ICAPA, a pan-African training program for female-dominated creative teams that encompasses script analysis, story and script writing, production, and distribution. Gabriele Sindler – amongst Europe’s experienced script analysts and consultants – supports Tsitsi Dangarembga in her tireless work for female filmmakers on the African continent. Up to now, the workshops were attended by participants from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenia, Ruanda, Nigeria, São Tomé und Príncipe, Côte d’Ivoire, and Egypt.

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Gabriele Sindler will reflect this evening at Hadley’s on their practical efforts in the development of African scripts and films by systematically and methodically analyzing their intercultural African-European cooperation.

Beim Schlump 84a
20144 Hamburg

The event will take place in English and German.

Seats are limited. If you are interested to participate please send an e-mail to:
We will inform you in good time before the event if a seat is available.

Keywords: collaboration | script analysis | story-step-outline-method | 40-steps-method | Europe | Africa | intercontinental | intercultural | psychoanalytical approach | Botho | Ubuntu

*Tsitsi Dangarembga, Author, Director, and Cultural Activist, Institute for Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA), Harare

The author, director an activist Tsitsi Dangarembga lives and works in Zimbabwe, USA, and
Germany. She attended Cambridge University and Sidney Sussex College before studying
psychology at the University of Zimbabwe and screenwriting and directing at the German
Television Academy Berlin. She held several university chairs and residencies in Europe, Africa and North America. Tsitsi Dangarembga co-founded the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa (ICAPA) Trust in 2009. ICAPA Trust facilitates, produces, and trains in the production of innovative products across a spectrum of narrative genres. In 2003, she founded the International Film Festival for Women in Harare, Zimbabwe, a festival that screens films featuring female protagonists and offers training programmes. Her film production company Nyerai Films was established in 1992. Dangarembga has been on the juries of Africa’s and Europe’s most prestigious film festivals. Currently, Dangarembga is a fellow at HIAS, and works on several of her film scripts and her forthcoming young adult dystopian speculative fiction. Her literary works include the collection of essays Black and Female, and the Tambudzai Trilogy comprising of Nervous Conditions, The Book of Not and This Mournable Body, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the Pen Award for Freedom of Expression, the Pen Pinter Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In 2022, she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

director@icapatrust.org | www.icapatrust.org

*Gabriele C. Sindler, Script Analyst and Writer, Lecturer, Practitioner in Film Business, DFK Films, Zürich/ Berlin

COO of DFK FILMS LLC and manager of dfkscriptservice. Master of Political Science at the
Free University Berlin and diploma at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (DFFB). Further training and specialized in Story and Script Consulting. Gabriele Sindler is a board member of the German Screenwriting Guild, experienced guest lecturer at film schools, universities, masterclasses, and jury member. The internationally operating Swiss-based DFK FILMS | dfkscriptservice has an expertise of more than 3000 script analyses. Based on concrete needs in film production, domestic and worldwide distribution, and financing DFK FILMS offers analysis, evaluation, and improvement of scripts. The basic tool is the newly developed and approved technique: the Story-Step-Outline (SSO) | *40-Steps-Method. The method is the basic step to a psychoanalytical approach to the writer’s intentions. For many years, Gabriele Sindler worked with this highly objectifying method for current film projects as well as for classics in teaching.

+49 177 97 44 133 | gcs@dfkfilms.com | www.dfkfilms.com