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Colours of the Alphabet

Job description:

Title: African Film Translation Network Co-ordinator

Duration: 3 weeks full-time (4 weeks part time)

Colours of the Alphabet - Impact Campaign

Colours of the Alphabet (COTA) is a unique feature documentary that explores the reality of language, education and childhood in Africa. Filmed over 12 months in rural Zambia, the film tells the story of three children and their families and asks the question: does the future have to be in English?

Following a successful European festival and theatrical distribution campaign, the producers of COTA are now preparing to launch the film across Africa. Working with the documentary broadcast network AfriDocs, the film will reach audiences in 49 African nations. As a means of embodying the ethos of the film, the producers are seeking to create subtitled versions of the film in 25 indigenous languages within these 49 nation states.

To achieve this they will create a network of translators, whom they will train and support to become professional subtitlers, able to continue translating films in the future.

The COTA impact project therefore focuses on the global issues surrounding mother-tongue education and linguistic diversity. UNESCO estimates that 40% of the world’s population, or 2.3 billion people, lack access to education in their own language. This situation is most acute in Africa where our outreach will take place. We need your help to change this situation.

Main Responsibilities:

  1. To source a network of 25 African indigenous language speakers from across Africa to become trained film subtitlers.
  2. To assist the producers contract 25 subtitlers to participate in the African Impact Campaign of Colours of the Alphabet (COTA)
  3. To work with the producer and director of COTA to source and co-ordinate the subtitling network.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Knowledge of Africa and existing Pan-African networks; these could be NGO, film, diplomatic, cultural or arts
  2. Excellent organisational and communication skills
  3. An ability to work autonomously and under your own initiative

Desirable Criteria:

  1. An interest in African indigenous languages including a knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Akan / Twi, Amharic, Bambara, Bemba, Ewe, Fula, Hausa, Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Luganda, Luo, Magalasy, Makhuwa, Mossi / Mooré, Oshiwambo, Setswana, Shona, Swahili,, Tigrinya, Tsonga, Umbundu, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.
  2. An interest in social change and impact
  3. A good understanding of digital communication and social media networks
  4. French language speaker
  5. A love for documentary film

Salary: To be confirmed on appointment.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and cover letter to

Application deadline: October 20th

Interviews by Skype or in person October 23rd - 27th.

Start date: November 2017