Machérie EKWA BAHANGO is a Congolese writer and director passionate about cinema. Maki'la was her first feature film as a director. A story about an orphaned girl forced to fend for herself on the streets of Kinshasa. It got picked up by Alain Modot of the International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa (DIFFA), gained backing from Orange Studio in Paris and won her the Golden Screen Award at the 2018 Ecrans Noirs film festival.
Her 48 minute 2020 film, Sema advocated for women's rights and thematised the issue of sexual violence and won an award as "Best International Film" at the DC Independent Film Festival 2020 in Washington.
Machérie was invited to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time in 2017 as a young talent invited to a round table organized by the OIF and the French Institute. In December 2017, Machérie was selected for the Berlinale Talents 2018 program but was unable to participate because coincidentally her film Maki'la was also selected the same year at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum section.
Her film Maki'la has made about twenty festivals around the world and has won several awards such as the JCC Jury Prize and the Golden Screen at the Festival Écrans Noirs in Yaoundé. In 2015, Machérie translated the script for Alain Gomis 2017 film Félicité into her native language, Lingala. Machérie is self-taught and has worked as a screenwriter for the French Language TV series "Ndakisa" which aired on Congolese National television.
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A seasoned professional with over 21 years of experience with diverse leaders in the field, she brings with her valuable expertise in integrated brand solutions, business development, and digital & cultural transformation. She is a passionate, innovative, and effective storyteller with a proven track record in forging strategic partnerships and alliances across B2B and B2C sectors given her unique blend of strategic agility, execution prowess and the ability to effectively “join the dots”.
Anupama has worked with several media conglomerates like NDTV, India Today, Network 18, Times Television Network and Hindustan Times, creating impactful initiatives across genres. She was a fundamental part of NDTV’s key social initiatives such as ‘Save the Tiger’ and ‘Greenathon’ and drove the joint initiative “#WhyTheFarq” between India Today and Oxfam on the inequality towards women. Anupama also steered the Digital India project in association with HP, State Governments, and the Central Government. The international exposure through her initial years saw her working with an NPO, an Indo–Japanese global partnership for which she spearheaded the fundraising initiative for their project “Namaste India” held annually in Tokyo.
With her philanthropic work extending to the healthcare sector and old age homes, Anupama strives in ways more than one to give back to society.
Aparna Arora was born and brought up in New Delhi (India), Aparna did her post-graduation in Public Relations after graduating from Delhi University. She is a science communications fellow from Cornel University. A travel enthusiast, who is excited about spiritual wellbeing, cultural diversity, food, and the performing arts.
Aparna is a Corporate Affairs professional with over twenty years of experience, across Tech (Facebook & ByteDance), FMCG (Mars Inc.), Retail (Walmart), Entertainment (HBO, CNN and Cartoon Network), and NonProfit (Save the Children & World Bank) in India, S. Asia and SEA.
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