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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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