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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.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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