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.
Dandano is a self sustaining community project aimed at analyzing, documenting and archiving African film and music. For most of our young existence, a very tiny team has been responsible for the content we put out. However, we are at a point where growth is necessary and as such we're inviting writers and photographers to … Continue reading Come Write For DANDANO: Call For Contributors!
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
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
“Was it the real matrix they were showing?”, the exact words a friend said to me before bursting into laughter when I showed her a Ghanaian poster advertising the science-fiction box-office hit from the late 90s. And yes, it was the one. Despite the fact that Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne look nothing like Morpheus … Continue reading Fantasy Posters; Ghanaian Artists Who Reinvented Hollywood On These Movie Posters