Stefanie Van de Peer

Stefanie Van de Peer is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on women in documentary and animation filmmaking in the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked for several film festivals as an adviser and programmer, and has been affiliated with Africa in Motion since 2007. Her main publications include the edited collections Art and Trauma in Africa (2013); Film Festivals and the Middle East (2014); and the BAFTSS award-winning Animation in the Middle East (2017). Her first monograph, entitled Negotiating Dissidence: The Pioneering Women of Arab Documentary, was published in 2017 by Edinburgh University Press. She is currently co-writing a new book with Lizelle Bisschoff, on the topic of Women in African Cinema, for publication with Routledge in 2019.


Arguing for a participatory curatorial approach, the lead curators of Africa in Motion present the rationale behind their work to popularise, preserve and celebrate films made by African women.


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