Burkinabé Rising is definitely worth the viewing as it might be the broadest showcase of Burkina Faso’s arts and culture catalogue in one sitting. Iara Lee manages to pack the political history and social condition of the people into the film whilst defining the characteristic of the art fuelled culture of resistance in the state.
Whether you’re completing the edits on your debut short film or looking for a new audience for your student documentary, the following African film festivals are good places you should consider sending your work too.
Captivated by the kung-fu masters in the movies, a young Gabonese sets off for China to learn the sacred art. Years later, in 1985, he becomes the Shaolin Temple’s very first Black master.
The 2017 documentary, This Land, directed by Miki Redelinghuys narrows in on the people of Makhasaneni in KwaZulu-Natal and their struggle to overcome governmental neglect, a corrupt traditional hierarchy and the threat of corporate interests. During apartheid, the family and forbearers of the indigenes we spend time with were forced off their land at the expense … Continue reading Film Review: “This Land” Documentary Redefines The Value of Land For South Africans
Glitter, feathers and bright-coloured wigs. On a small Cape Verdean island, Tchinda helps her community prepare for Carnival. Directed by Marc Serena and Pablo García Perez de Lara, this 2016 feature length documentary is both a portrait of the eclectic Tchinda Andrade—one of the island’s first and most beloved transgender women— as well as a … Continue reading Film Review: The Portraits of Cape Verde’s Trans Queen and Carnival Culture in “Tchindas”
The film released early in 2017, uses the Sankofa motif, to stitch a ripple in time and transports you to the 1960’s, when the movement was at its peak in post-colonial Ghana.
This special edition of SUPER 16 comes to you from the Jozi Film Festival which took place from September 21 to 24 in Johannesburg screening over 50 films from all over the world. Our fave comrade, Nkgopoleng Moloi was in attendance and decided to put together some brief notes on her impressions of the films screened at the festival.
Filmmaking is one the most efficient story-telling tools, offering a visual representation to a narrative, and it is no coincidence that British Ghanaian poet, Victoria Adukwei Bulley chose it for her poetry project, Mother Tongues. The film project is an intergenerational translation series that takes the works of african poets from English into Ga, Yoruba, … Continue reading Interview: Victoria Adukwei Bulley Creates A New Space For African Poetry With “Mother Tongues”
Funding is where many dreams go to die. Well, not necessarily. However, the success of your artistic project does hinge on your ability to invest financially in it. Yet the creative industry in Africa tends to be criminally underfunded, causing many to let go of their expressive desires. African filmmakers are not exempt from this. … Continue reading Funding For African Filmmakers : July – August 2017
It's been a while but Super 16 is back. For those of you unfamiliar, Super 16 is a monthly list of short films for Africans by Africans from all over the world that we recommend you see. Everything from experimental performances to short documentaries find their way onto our reel as long as they attempt … Continue reading Super 16 [Take IV] – African Short Films To See