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MIPTV ’14: WDR boards Olsson’s “Fonko” doc

German broadcaster WDR has come on board as a coproduction partner for Black Power Mixtape director Göran Olsson's feature-length music doc Fonko (pictured).
April 7, 2014

German broadcaster WDR has come on board as a coproduction partner for Black Power Mixtape director Göran Olsson’s feature-length music doc Fonko (pictured).

The doc explores Africa’s music revolutions and the club music styles of Kuduro, Coupé-Décalé and Ndombolo, which have become an expression of identity for a generation of Africans. Swiss distributor First Hand Films  secured the copro deal, which was unveiled at MIPTV in Cannes.

WDR joins Sweden’s SVT as co-producers, while Australia’s SBS has bought the series version of Fonko (6 x 26 minutes, 3 x 52 minutes). The doc is produced by Tobias Janson and directed by Olsson and Swedish-based Story AB’s Daniel Jadama and Lars Lovén.  Fonko is executive produced by First Hand Films.

Fonko presents modern Africa in a completely new way,” said Jutta Krug, commissioning editor for WDR, in a statement. “This film is not about hunger, droughts or civil war, as often presented in mainstream media.  Instead, Fonko shows a continent on the move which expresses itself in a vibrant, globalised music scene that is setting the tone internationally, and influencing musicians and producers worldwide.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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