Hyphenate Africa, a subsidiary of Backdoor Films, is a U.S. | Pan-African social impact media production company, redefining African narratives through creative partnerships to empower women and marginalized communities.
As an Impact Producer, I brought Participant Media and Sunshine Cinema together to showcase The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind in Southern Africa, and couldn't be more thrilled by the results. Through my Hyphenate Africa platform, I continue to champion empowering stories from, for and about Africans to inspire the world.
Sunshine Cinema with their team of Sunbox Ambassadors share films with communities across Southern Africa using solar powered cinema.
Chiwetel Ejiofor Talks "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and Authenticity
Hosted at the MACRO Lodge, producer Adetoro Makinde sits with Chiwetel Ejiofor for a fireside chat about his directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, his journey to bring it to the big screen, and why African stories matter.
Expanding the Narrative Voice of African Storytellers through Hyphenate Partners
Building on the concept of artist having a solid multi-hyphenate understanding, Hyphenate Partners invited mid-level South African based Producers, Writers and Directors to a 5-day Masterclass workshops for film and television taking place at the AFDA Campus in Johannesburg. Led by U.S. based filmmaker Adetoro Makinde of Hyphenate Partners and U.S. Director, Hanelle Culpepper (the first woman to direct a Star Trek franchise "Picard"), the Hyphenate Fellows were introduced to critical skills needed to strengthen the presentation of themselves and their projects for market.
As an Associate Producer, Hyphenate Africa is proud to have supported the short film SADLA written and directed by Hyphenate Fellow Zamo Mkhwanazi. The film premiered in competition at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Mkhwanazi made history as the first Black South African Woman to premiere a film at Sundance.
Nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, Critically Acclaimed HBO Films’
"The Tale" Premieres in South Africa
As Impact Producer, Hyphenate Africa was honored to produce the premiere and social impact tour in South Africa of Jennifer Fox's acclaimed feature directorial debut, THE TALE. With global movements such as #MeToo, #TimesUp; and the most recent launch of the #MiniMeToo campaign by the Women and Men Against Child Abuse organisation in South Africa, we believed this film is a gateway to a much-needed conversation in South Africa and other parts of the world.” With multiple screenings across the Southern Africa region we are humbled by the film's reception and excited it has become an invaluable tool to NGOs, activists and other practitioners advocating an end to child and gender sexual abuse.
"It was my hope to screen in Africa, but I had no idea how to make this happen. What Adetoro Makinde and Bridget Pickering of Hyphenate were able to accomplish was absolutely AMAZING! Of all the countries and impact screenings the film has had, I can honestly say that coming to Africa was special and magical in a way I can't explain."
- Jennifer Fox , Writer and Director
“Manifesting a Dream”
Empowering African women is more than an idea when it comes to our mission. Working with collaborators from Georgetown University's Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA), Women's Alliance, McDonough School of Business to Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), Hyphenate Africa produced intimate evening of conversation, inspiration, business lectures and more for South African entrepreneur and winemaker, Vivian Kleynhans. Her personal journey began during apartheid to becoming the first Black Woman in South African to own her own wine brand -- just one of the many African stories being brought to the screen.