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.”