“Miss Jella, l’envoûtée” [Miss Jella, the bewitched]: a 100% female-centric series

“Miss Jella, l’envoûtée” [Miss Jella, the bewitched]: a 100% female-centric series

November 2, 2018

The writing phase of this African drama aimed at women, created by Anna Gomis, is coming to an end. Filming will begin in 2019.

Between July 2017 and April 2018, four writing workshops were organised in Senegal, as well as in Guinea-Bissau, the country in which a large part of this series of eight 52-minute episodes will be shot. They were led by the instructor Marie Trefousse, who monitored the scriptwriters during the different phases of writing.
A final workshop is scheduled for the end of October 2018 in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).

In order to find the writers for the series, CFI had launched, in May 2017, a call for applications from female talent throughout French-speaking Africa, open to bloggers, journalists, novelists, scriptwriters, directors, etc.

"Miss Jella, l'envoutée" tells the story of a young repat who, after leading a frenetic life in Europe chasing after promotion, discovers another life, another community and a new world on returning to Africa.

The shooting of this series, supported by a development agreement with Canal+ Afrique, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. The filming might be entrusted to Alain Gomis, the director of Tey (Fespaco 2013 Gold Standard) and Félicité (Fespaco 2017 Gold Standard and Berlinale 2018 Silver Bear).

From left to right: Marie Trefousse (France), Anne Bakoro Kone (Côte d'Ivoire), Calmine Agbofoun (Benin) and Anna Gomis (France/Guinea-Bissau).