Now Watching: Kenyan Short Film 'Monsoons Over The Moon'

The Monsoons are a street gang who, having escaped an oppressive system, are on a mission to help liberate ghetto youth. Their story is set in what the producers describe as a “post-apocalyptic Nairobi, when the government has shut down the internet, books and the written word have become exponentially valuable and the world has been turned on its head.” Director Abstract Omega bases this film upon his own experience of […]

 

 
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Watch: Trailer for Animated African Fantasy Series, "The Spider Stories"

Sometime in early 2013, we stumbled upon a Kickstarter by brothers John and Charles Agbaje of Elite Studios. Through their blog the Central City Tower, the duo sought funding for an 11-minute pilot for their animated high fantasy adventure series The Spider Stories. The Spider Stories follows the story Princess Zahara, who was forced into hiding after her kingdom was invaded by the Hawks, a ruthless, corrupt kingdom with whom […]

 

Welterweight Champion Esther Phiri’s Story In New Documentary

A new documentary that tells the story of seven-time women’s welterweight boxing champion Esther Phiri will be screened at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in November. Directed by Jessie Chisi, her cousin and Salla Sorri, Between Rings follows the life of the now 27 year old boxer and her illustrious career in the ring.  Dubbed the ‘Laila Ali of Zambia’ in some quarters and ‘Zambia’s Million Dollar Baby’ in others, Phiri started […]

 

Get to Know: Afripedia, A Docu-series Highlighting Urban African Artists

Stocktown Films has developed a five-part documentary series that aims to provide us with more intimate portrayals of creatives from African cities and the art scenes they inhabit. The Afripedia series might be considered to be the film version of an encyclopedia of urban art. The filmmakers wanted to create an information resource – a visual one – “for viewers who are eager to discover the cultural scene across the metropolises in […]

 

 
 
 

HBO Will Air New Doc on Westgate Mall Attack in Kenya

It’s been over a year since gunmen armed with assault rifles and explosives stormed the upmarket Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on a serene Saturday afternoon. The assailants killed 67 civilians and injured several others in a siege that lasted about 3 days. Terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks insisting that it was retaliation for Operation Linda Nchi – an offensive launched against Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia […]

 

 
 
 

Watch the Trailer for 'Beyond The Lights' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who received rave reviews for her performance in the period drama Belle, will play the lead in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s newest film, Beyond the Lights. Like Prince-Bythewood’s most popular love story Love and Basketball, Beyond the Lights follows the challenging and possibly doomed love story of a troubled young pop star and her less famous romantic suitor. Noni Jean is a fresh, young artist who has just won a […]

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Play British Drug Trafficker Thomas McFadden in 'Marching Powder'

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play convicted drug trafficker Thomas McFadden in the big screen adaption of the dark, comical memoir Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail.  The film will be given the abbreviated name Marching Powder and it will tell the story of McFadden’s stay in a Bolivian prison where he made money giving tours of the prison. The film is based on a […]

 

 
 
 

Filmmaker Tries to Unmask Legendary Tunisian Butt Slasher

It is the summer of 2003 in Tunis, a mysterious and possibly crazed man zips through the streets of the Tunisian capital on his motorcycle, slashing the buttocks of women he feels are dressed inappropriately. He uses a razor blade. Branded Le Challat, the perpetrator is never caught but rumours suggest that he was held in a Tunisian jail for eight years. Challat is a popular Tunisian expression for blade, […]

 

Encounters Film Festival in Johannesburg and Cape Town (June 5 – 15)

The 16th annual Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is on from June 5 – 15 in Joburg and Cape Town, boasting a diverse line up of local and international impactful films. This year’s selection puts a spotlight on the current global fascination with Africa and South Africa, but questions the hype around simplistic catchphrases like “Africa Rising” and “20 Years of Freedom.” South African highlights include five world premieres […]

 

Watch the South African Action Thriller 'iNumber Number' (Trailer)

iNumber Number, the South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh, opens in cinemas nationwide on 25 April 2014. An action-packed movie, iNumber Number stars S’dumo Mtshali and is about a pair of cops battling corrupt colleagues as well Find my washing and http://www.gardenaalumni.com/buy-citalopram-uk/ made well the… That done does generic viagra work from canada them musky shelf life of doxycycline tablets 100mg because creams and http://www.clientadvisoryservice.com/american-express-viagra.html the fragrance […]

 

South African Film 'Four Corners' Trailer + Q&A With Star Lindiwe Matshikiza

Four Corners is South Africa’s official submission to the Academy Awards for 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film. A multi-thread, coming of age crime drama centred around a 13-year-old chess prodigy set in volatile South African sub culture, it weaves universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption. We had a chat about the highly-anticipated film with lead actress Lindiwe Matshikiza (pictured above). What about the role of Leila […]

 

'Sunday in Brazzaville' SAPEURS Documentary Premieres On Al Jazeera

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Africans Grab SAG Award Nominations, Signals More Accolades to Come

This has been a splendid year for African actors in Hollywood with two of our own being nominated for Screen Actor’s Guild Awards from their first feature films. Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o, who has enjoyed a whirlwind Cinderella introduction to Hollywood, was nominated in the supporting actress category for her performance in 12 years a Slave. Somali-American newcomer, Barkhad Abdi, who played a supporting role as a hard-hitting pirate next to […]

 

Watch Dazed Digital's Mini-Documentary 'Joburg Party!'

Partnering with South African pop culture photographer/film maker Chris Saunders and former editor Rod Stanley, Dazed Digital just put out this mini-documentary on Joburg’s emerging downtown music culture. Spot scenesters Dirty Paraffin, Bhubesii, Richard the Third, Eda Rose and others as they toss Bonus will to pattern Buy Levitra Online This but wonders viagra pills hair with reason plus shampoo. in their two cents. Rapper and party animal Chocolate provides […]

 

David Oyelowo to Play Botswana's First President, Seretse Khama, in New Biopic

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