School Of Production and Performance

Teaching interests

Florence Ayisi is Professor of International Documentary Film. She teaches documentary film theory and practice, including producing, directing, ethics and representational issues. She has taught film and media studies at several Further Education (FE) and Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in the U.K. for over 23 years, including Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, University of Sunderland, Coventry University, University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

Florence is also an award winning documentary filmmaker, presenting rare insights and affirmative aspects of African people, their lived experiences and culture from Woman-centred and Pan-African perspectives. Issues of intersectionality such as gender are central to her documentary practice. She has made films in Cameroon and Tanzania, including films such as Sisters in Law (co-directed with Kim Longinotto, 2005), Zanzibar Soccer Queens (2007), Zanzibar Soccer Dreams (co-directed with Catalin Brylla, 2016). Her films have won numerous prestigious film awards including PRIX ART ET ESSAI at Cannes film festival; Grierson Award for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue; Audience Award at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); and Peabody Award in USA.
Sisters in Law was long-listed for Academy Awards (Oscar Nominations) in 2006. Her films have been screened on major television channels and film festivals world-wide including Channel 4 Television, More4 TV, Canal+, TV5 Monde Afrique, RFO (France), PBS (USA) and Swedish Television (SVT), Qatar TV, Cannes film festival, Toronto Int’l film festival, Hawaii Int’l film festival, London Film festival, Silicon Valley African film festival in San Jose (USA), African Diaspora film festival in New York (USA), Canadian Sport film festival, Zanzibar Int’l film festival, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film festival in New York (USA), Goteborg Int’l film festival, Twin Cities Black Film Festival, Minneapolis, (USA), FESPACO (Burkina Faso), Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (South Africa).

Florence also has extensive experience of working with Third Sector Organisations such as International Development Agencies and Government Departments, including The World Bank Group (Cameroon), The National Programme for Participatory Development (PNDP – Cameroon)The Ministry of Arts and Culture (Cameroon), The International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages, CERDOTOLA Cameroon, The Limbe City Council (Cameroon, Women and Community groups in Zanzibar and Cameroon. She has produced and directed commissioned documentary projects as part of using film/video and photography to communicate socio-cultural and development issues and also engage diverse audiences. Her films have had social impact in diverse communities, positively influence government policy and transformed personal and social attitudes.

In 2018, Florence was presented with the ICON Award at the 2018 Africa Week; University of West of England, Bristol, U.K. The award recognises the “exceptional contributions by individuals in promoting Pan-Africanism on a personal, national and global scale”.

In 2017, Zanzibar Soccer Dreams (2016) was shortlisted for the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Research in Film Awards = for the International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices category.

In 2008, Florence was awarded the UK Film Council Breakthrough Brits Award for Film Talent – she was one of thirteen (13) filmmakers who was honoured with this prestigious award at a ceremony in Hollywood – during the Black Film Festival.

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Research interests

Florence's research focuses on using film as a method and research tool to explore, construct and disseminate knowledge in diverse contexts. Her research work is located within the broad agenda postcolonial revisionist dialogue and discourse on representations of African people; the ‘decolonisation’ of images circulated about Africa in a global media context. Her research draws on Postcolonial theory, Intersectionality, Media Representations, [African] Women in/and Film, Transnational Cinemas, Communication for Development, Film Audience and Spectatorship, and Social Impact Documentary.

She welcomes Postgraduate Candidates who wish to undertake research related to her research interests.

Research interests

Florence has worked with a variety of Third Sector organisations and Government Agencies on several projects within the broad context of Communication for Development, Women’s issues, Digitising Cultural Heritage, Film Education and Media Literacy, Film and Governance in a Transnational and Global Media context. Her main agenda is to use film to highlight development issues, expand Knowledge and Visibility, and to give a Voice to People/Communities who are often absent or under-represented in the media.

She has worked with:
International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA) – Cameroon.
Public Administration International (PAI) – London, U.K.
Limbe City Council – Local Government Authority – Cameroon
_ The World Bank Group, Cameroon _
Women’s Panorama at the Zanzibar International Film Festival
The Women’s Empowerment Centre, Limbe – Cameroon
The Ministry of Arts and culture – Cameroon
Women’s Fighters’ Football Club – Zanzibar

Teaching interests

Research output

  1. The Bronze Men of Cameroon

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  2. Marie-Madeleine: Une Femme Chef de Village: Marie-Madeleine: A Female Chief

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  3. ‘Making Waves on International Women’s Day: Cameroonian Women’s Dynamism’

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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