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AFRICAN CINEMA

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‘The Wedding Party’ (2016, 2017): Melodramas Without Drama

Directed by: Kemi Adetiba [1], Niyi Akinmolayan [2] || Produced by: Don Omope, Zulu Oyibo, Ijeoma Agukoronye [1], Prescilla Nwanah, Temidayo Abudu, Tope Oshin Ogun, Naz Onuzo [2] Screenplay by: Tosin Otudeko, Kemi Adetiba [1], Naz Onuzo [2] Starring: Adesua Etomi, Banky Wellington, Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Iretiola Doyle, Alibaba Akporobome, Zainab Balogun, Beverly … Continue reading

A 3-Way African Spotlight: ‘Araromire’ (2009), ‘Lionheart’ (2018) & ‘Atlantics’ (2019)

Directed by: Kunle Afolayan [1], Genevieve Nnaji [2], Mati Diop [3] || Produced by: Golden Effects [1], Chinny Onwugbenu [2], Judith Lou Lévy, Eve Robin [3] Screenplay by: Kemi Adesoye [1], Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu [2], Mati Diop, Oliver Demangel [3] || Starring: Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Kunle Afolayan, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Tosin Sido [1], Genevieve … Continue reading

‘Dredd’ (2012): Stylish Fascism

Directed by: Pete Travis || Produced by: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich Screenplay by: Alex Garland || Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan || Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle || Edited by: Mark Eckersley || Country: United Kingdom, South Africa || Language: English Running Time: … Continue reading

‘District 9’ (2009): Social Realism Hits Sci-Fi Action Cinema

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp || Produced by: Carolynne Cunningham Screenplay by: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell || Starring: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Louis Minaar, Kenneth Nkosi, Nick Boraine, William Allen Young Music by: Clinton Shorter || Cinematography: Trent Opaloch || Edited by: Julian Clarke || Country: South Africa, … Continue reading

‘Xala’ (1975): Corruption & Impotence Go Hand in Hand

Directed by: Ousmane Sembene || Produced by: Filmi Domireve SNC Screenplay by: Ousmane Sembene || Starring: Thierno Leye, Seune Samb, Douta Seck, Younousse Seye, Fatim Diagne, Myriam Niang Music by: Samba Diabara Samb || Cinematography: Georges Caristan Orlando, L. Lopez Seydina D. Saye, Farba Seck || Edited by: Florence Eymon || Country: Senegal || Language: … Continue reading

‘Black Girl’ (1966): The Miserable Die Alone

Directed by: Ousmane Sembene || Produced by: Andre Zwoboda Screenplay by: Ousmane Sembene || Starring: Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene Cinematography: Christian Lacoste || Edited by: Andre Gaudier || Country: Senegal, France || Language: French Running Time: 65 minutes Recognized as the first Sub-Saharan African film to receive international acclaim, … Continue reading

‘The Battle of Algiers’ (1966): The Televised Revolution

Directed by: Gillo Pontecorvo Screenplay by: Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas || Starring: Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Tommaso Neri, Fawzia El-Kader, Michele Kerbash Music by: Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo || Cinematography: Marcello Gatti || Edited by: Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei || Country: Italy, Algeria || Language: Arabic, French Running Time: 120 minutes. Gillo Pontecorvo’s … Continue reading

‘Touki Bouki’ (1973): Parisian Dreams in Senegal

Directed by: Djibril Diop Mambety Screenplay by: Djibril Diop Mambety || Starring: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop Music by: Josephine Baker, Mado Robin, Aminata Fall || Cinematography: Pap Samba Sow || Editing by: Siro Asteni, Emma Mennenti || Country: Senegal || Language: Wolof, French Running Time: 95 minutes African cinema, particularly that … Continue reading

‘Outside the Law’ (2010): A Wannabe Gangster Film

Directed by: Rachid Bouchareb || Produced by: Jean Brehat Screenplay by: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle || Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila Music by: Armand Amar || Cinematography: Christophe Beaucarne || Editing by: Yannick Kergoat || Country: France, Algeria, Tunisia, Belgium || Language: French, Arabic Running Time: 137 minutes Hors-la-loi, also known as خارجون عن … Continue reading

‘The Gods Must be Crazy’ (1980): Old World Slapstick

Directed by: Jamie Uys || Produced by: Jamie Uys Screenplay by: Jamie Uys || Starring: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys Music by: John Boshoff || Cinematography: Buster Reynolds, Robert Lewis || Editing by: Stanford C. Allen, Jami Uys || Country: South Africa, Botswana || Language: English Running Time: 109 minutes One of … Continue reading