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Doc Heads Film of the Week: Aisha’s Song

Doc HeadsThis week Doc Heads has selected another great documentary as its ‘film of the week’. Take a look here at Aisha’s Song and share your thoughts with us!

Every week the people behind the popular East London-based short documentary night Doc Heads pick out a short film for you to enjoy, share and help promote. This week they’ve selected Aisha’s Song.

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film tells the story of Aisha, who was partially blinded by an unknown illness aged 4 and sent out to work on the tough streets of Kano in Nigeria aged 9. Her chances in life were not great, no suiter returned after meeting her at her house for the very first time and working at the market presents a rough life. However, a chance meeting sent Aisha’s life in a completely different direction.

In the words of the filmmakers, which both Doc Heads and we here at DocGeeks agree with: “Aisha’s Song is an energetic and beautifully shot 16mm documentary that uses the sounds of street life in Kano in order to create a vibrant and organic soundscape.” The film, orginally made for Girl Hub (a collaboration between the UK’s Department for International Development and the Nike Foundation), tells the positive story of female empowerment from a part of the world where women are still all too often overlooked.

Doc Heads are not the first to praise this short film, previously it has been selected into a number of festivals including: SXSW 2012, Brief Encounters 2011 and the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012. Aisha’s Song also recently won the 2012 Special Jury Prize at the Media That Matters film festival in New York.

 

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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