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.
Against the constant humming of motorbike engines in the pastel grey skies of the Sahel-Sahara, a group of young women seek out opportunities in the midst of a breeze of political change. Ouaga Girls by director, Theresa Traore Dahlberg shows a cross-sectional view of the lives of young women in Burkina Faso. The 83min documentary … Continue reading Film Review: “Ouaga Girls” Shows The Young Women of Burkina Faso Like Never Before
Sifiso Khanyile’s documentary released in 2017 is a brilliant exposé on how the student uprising of 1976 became a landmark pit-stop on the road to liberation of the black South African
Super 16 is back after a short hiatus. On this edition we showcase four short films from the continent and beyond that you should watch now! In no particular order, here are some of the short films from across the country that we enjoyed watching over the past month. They represent the growing quality of … Continue reading Super 16 [Take II]: African Short Films to Watch
If you want to experience the ingenious energies Accra exudes beyond the layer of gloss or bias that mainstream media puts on it, then you should probably look to any of the productions by Alex Wondergem and Adu Lalouschek. The pair, being of mixed Ghanaian heritage have ties to the city that is the muse … Continue reading Warrior’s Gym: Body and Mind Mechanics from Ghana’s Strongest Man
Dir: Iara Lee 2015 Cultures of Resistance Films What hurts more; the pain of suffering or the pain of having your suffering ignored? On the north-eastern tip of the African continent, a group of people are fighting one of the most difficult battles of the modern world and filmmaker Iara Lee captures the … Continue reading Life is Waiting: The Story of The Last African Colony
Unpacking the city of Accra requires stealth; a skill to drift unnoticed between the negative space around the dynamic people and intriguing happenings without tampering with its vibrant fabric and distinct zest. Yet to come into the uniqueness of Ghana’s capital city and enjoy it, one requires nuanced and sincere insights. Accra is not … Continue reading Accra Power: A Film That Unplugs A City