24 Jun Mona Mwakalinga
Mona Mwakalinga is a lecture in the Department of Creative Arts, formerly known as the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She received her doctorate in Film and Media studies from the University Of Kansas (USA) where she wrote her dissertation on the Political Economy of the Film Industry in Tanzania. She also received a M.A degree in Film and Theatre and a B.A in Theatre and Literature from the University of Dar es salaam.
Her area of specialization is African and Transnational film studies, directing and writing, with research interest that include Globalization and Filmmaking in Africa/ developing world, the Construction of Race, Gender, Class and Identity in Film and the Political Economy of the Film Industry.
Mwakalinga has researched on numerous topics such as the Image of Women in Feature Films, Women in Theatre in Tanzanian, the Film industry in Tanzania. She has written numerous screenplays and radio plays for many NGOs such as UNICEF and IMPACT and presented conference paper essays on Exporting Cinema to Africa during the Silent Era, National Identity and Film in Tanzania, Socialism and Film in Tanzania: a Tool for Propagation.
She has received numerous awards: SAREC-SIDA sponsorship, Fulbright Fellowship and Outstanding Conference paper for a Film symposium. Currently, she is working on turning her PhD dissertation into a book and is the Deputy Principal of the College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam, Chairperson of Parapanda Theatre Trust and Board member of the Tanzanian Film Federation.