Baseball In The Time of Cholera is an excruciating emotional social justice documentary. How did Cholera become an epidemic in Haiti? After more than 7,000 Haitians killed, the UN still denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite mounting evidence against its Nepalese peacekeeping force – though there hasn’t been any civil unrest in Haiti since [...]
Right from frame one, you knew that Bob’s Great ‘Britain roots’ had to be taken a little more seriously than the man himself would have ever wished. Why? Because, director Kevin McDonald is Scottish himself, after all! Within the first few minutes of the film, you are flooded with stories of Bob Marley’s ‘father’ – [...]
Cameroon is the setting of this rich introspective work on modern Africans. Vacances Au Pays is a documentary journey, defining the scope of a malaise that should cross the mind of educated Africans. To be modern where it counts most, is the key. Jean-Marie Teno is our guide to paysages of Cameroon, as he travels [...]
Van Vicker plays Fred, a man struggling to raise his child. His acting skills have dramatically improved in this film; I know him as a reciter of lines. Fred, who rules in the office, looses his spine, by the time he arrives home. Fred struggles to succeed in the business of domestic life. His character [...]
Red Tails is not without emotions. The narrative, which was born out of the story of the 996 African American USAAF Pilots (and some 15,000 ground personnel) who distinguished themselves in the air in the face of institutional racism in America during WWII, is one that resonates with many African Americans. It is safe to [...]
While African governments continue to bring a much needed awareness on the intricacies surrounding the traditions, customs and perhaps, horror about circumcising girls, there’s still much to be done. Female circumcision, which occurs in a few parts of Africa, still remains a challenge to all Africans in totally eradicating it. Lost Maiden was a unique [...]
The question of how Black people and our filmmakers should approach the reconstruction of Blackness, both internally and in regards to its relationship to external influences, is a central issue in Black film. After a recent history of slavery and continuing cultural and political marginalization, Black filmmakers face the difficult task of reconstructing their people’s [...]
Mirror of Life is a tale of good girls gone bad. Nneka, played by Mercy Johnson, is a poor village girl whose chance encounter with an old friend drastically changes her life. One day Nneka runs across an old school friend called Rosemary (played by Queen Nwokoye) who pays her sisters hospital bills. Indebted and [...]
Director: Sean Baker Writers: Sean Baker, Darren Dean Stars: Prince Adu, Karren Karagulian and Aiden Noesi Have you ever found yourself in the middle of nowhere, in chaos, and life called on you to hustle your way out? Or quit? Or even run? As it turns out, Prince of Broadway is not only a cinematic [...]
So many films to watch at the Philadelphia Film Festival, currently ongoing from October 20-November 3, 2011, and so little time. Here are 5 films that caught our radar and may be worth seeing if you’re in the Philadelphia area, or to look out for when they come to a film festival or theater in [...]
This is the inaugural episode. Why is it on the web and not on TV? Because here we can! Art lovers and fans were happy to hear that the idea of characters based on African leaders, which for now only include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, DA leader Helen Zille and President Jacob Zuma [...]
Viva Riva is about gang war! It stems from a fuel shortage in DR Congo and lo and behold, it never runs out of gas. Djo Munga captures the vibe of the gratuitous torturing violence and sweaty, ass-oriented sex scenes and the expertly energized genre with a mixture of carpe diem and self-destructive instinct. Viva [...]
The premiering of The Witches of Gambaga could not have been timelier. This documentary came at the back of a gruesome awakening in Ghana when on November 26 last year, a 72-year-old grandmother, Madam Hemmah, suffered a most barbaric death – she was burnt alive by a mob after being accused of witchcraft.
Ignite MTV’s Kenyan drama Shuga (2010) caught some applause and a fair amount of recognition at Sweden’s CinemAfrica Festival 2011, which recently came to an end. Shuga is a story about sex, HIV and AIDS. So the subject matter is heavy and one that permits a whole lot of attention. Hence it definitely draws sympathy [...]
Yearning for some authentic African cinema? Locally shot and produced in Nairobi, Kenya, Shuga screened at CinemAfrica this week and is part of MTV’s Staying Alive campaign, which gives money to young people around the world who are fighting to conquer AIDS and HIV by using innovative and creative methods in their local communities.
The prize for best feature film at the just ended CinemAfrica Film Festival 2011 went to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, from Chad, for his film A Screaming Man (Un Homme Qui Crie). The prize consists of the Swedish distribution via the People’s Cinema, and a prize sum of 10,000 Swedish Kroner. The jury had this to say: [...]