The annual Mama Afrika Film Festival was slotted for the 7th – 10th of November, 2017. This year, the festival opened up its platform to other creative arts. Mama Afrika Opening night hosted visual arts exhibition by Uweza Art Gallery and The Magunga Bookstore  showcased literary works by or about African women.

The opening Night was held at Pawa254 on 7th November, 2017 from 5pm. The Opening night graced by the Nairobi County Women Representative the Hon. Esther Passaris, OGW, MP, Sr. Jaime Hermida Marina, Head of Cultural Affairs -Embassy of Spain in Kenya and Kenyan producers, actors and actresses.

Mama Afrika Film Festival 2017 was held at three main universities which teach filmmaking: Multimedia University of Kenya, Kenyatta University and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications. Mama Afrika Film Festival inspired and engaged young, aspiring filmmakers and promote collaborations between universities and the industry stakeholders.

The choice of this year’s theme, GENDER: PROVOKE | DEBATE | EVOLVE was influenced by the need to highlight the role Gender plays in film as well as in real life. Gender roles, stereotypes are issues that have slowly but steadily been gaining importance in the public space. The festival explored and highlighted how gender influences professional and personal lives and how different genders experience and view the world.

The highlight of the Opening Night was the film “Statistics” a Kenyan film short film created and produced by upcoming female filmmaker Rose Njoroge. The film is a fictional story that revolves around two female friends showing how the negative effects of tribalism. The film screening was followed by a vibrant discussion and a Q & A session with the producer Rosie and Director Peter Kawa.