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Review: FYNBOS, Brilliantly Anti-Cathartic Cinema

A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: I AM THALENTE Skates With Soul

We all know the sound. That clack-scrape-whoosh of a skateboard on the sidewalk. For many of us it is as close to the sport as we get. When we hear that sound most of us move out of the way... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

NYC Happenings: New York African Film Festival Celebrates Its 23rd Year!

Once again, highlighting the continent's best and the brightest, New York African Film Festival will present 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from 26 countries, bringing another thrilling and multifaceted selection of African films from the continent and the... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Tatenda Mbudzi Heads To ZIM HIGH In First Ever African Teen Movie

Comedian and filmmaker Tatenda Mbudzi is breaking new ground with his upcoming Zim High, a film he believes to be the first ever African teen comedy. Set in the harsh environs of a Zimbabwe private high school the film follows... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Springbok Cinema Review: THE ACTOR Transcends Its Existential Demons

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth."  - Oscar WildeThe Actor made my Springbok Cinema list for 2015, putting it among the very best South African... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

OPERATION KAKONGOLIRO! THE UGANDAN EXPENDABLES: Watch The New Trailer For Wakaliwood Action Flick

First off. Take a moment and bask in the glory of this image from Isaac Nabwana's (Who Killed Captain Alex) upcoming Ugandan action flick Operation Kakongoliro: The Ugandan Expendables! Bask I tells ya! After a successful kickstarter campaign Nabwana and his team... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Springbok Cinema: The Best Of South Africa In 2015

The Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is an iconic Southern African antelope, and treasured among South Africa's iconography as an emblem of excellence. By "Springbok Cinema" I therefore mean to infer South African filmmaking that I feel embodies this spirit of excellence. Spirit... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Discover What Awaits In Fabulous South African Short Film THE PARCEL

South African filmmaking duo Hayden Phipps and Brett Williams may have facetiously labelled their production company One Trick Pony Films but their most recent effort, The Parcel, makes it abundantly clear that they've got far more to offer than just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The Trailer For Sunny King's PREY

There's a cinematic revolution coming in Africa. That's been clear for a while ... Nigeria is the third most prolific film producing nation in the world and the sheer population numbers of sub-Saharan Africa truly make it a question of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

MODDER EN BLOED (BLOOD AND GLORY) Brings The Anglo-Boer War To The Rugby Pitch

Rugby has a very long history in South Africa, and a significantly symbolic one in the relationship between Afrikaners and the British. That history will be leveraged to full dramatic effect next April when Modder En Bloed is slated to... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Check Out The First Teaser For South African Serial Killer Thriller THE AWAKENING (DIE ONTWAKING)

Adapted from Chris Karsten's South African crime novel The Skin Collector, Afrikaans language serial killer thriller The Awakening (Die Ontwaking) has released its first teaser in advance of a February theatrical release.The directorial debut from production designer Johnny Breedt (Hotel... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Cornel Wilde's THE NAKED PREY

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Naked Prey remains the only film directed by Cornel Wilde to be widely available, a situation that based on this example, is a lamentable state of affairs indeed. An incredibly physical actor, who was... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Giveaway: Win Albert Maysles's IRIS On Blu-ray From Magnolia Pictures And TwitchFilm

When documentary legend Albert Maysles passed away in March of 2015, the world of cinema lost a giant. Working as a team with his brother David, The Maysles Brothers made some of the finest documentary features ever seen. Films like... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Toronto 2015 Review: BEASTS OF NO NATION Spills Blood On A Large Canvas

A big screen movie made by streaming media behemoth Netflix, for click and view streaming, Cary Fukunaga's beautifully brutal war story, Beasts of No Nation feels too large and too difficult a watch to warrant a casual click on a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Toronto 2015 Review: THE ENDLESS RIVER, A Gorgeously Rendered But Emotionally Distant Portrait Of Loss

South African festival darling Oliver Hermanus continues his remarkable run of international acclaim with his third effort, The Endless River. Selected in competition in Venice before coming here to Toronto Hermanus delivers a thematically challenging and gorgeously rendered yet emotionally... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

O-TOWN: Watch The Teaser For Nigerian Gangster Film

We first came across Nigerian helmer CJ 'Fiery' Obasi last year with his feature film Ojuju. A low budget zombie tale set in the shanty towns of his native land, Ojuju bucked the odds to pick up awards at home... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

New Poster And Trailer For THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Richard Gregory has finally finished The Boers At The End Of The World, which has long been the most anticipated South African documentary on my horizon. To celebrate, we have a new poster and trailer for the feature!The Boers At The... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Review: WE COME AS FRIENDS, Shadows Of Colonial Past Still Loom Over South Sudan

Hubert Sauper, a Paris based filmmaker known for his searing eco-disaster exposé in Tanzania, Darwin's Nightmare (2005), continues to document the African continent in his new documentary, We Come As Friends. This time, he sheds light on the post-referendum era... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Durban 2015 Review: THE SHORE BREAK Tries To Stem The Tide, But Only Time Will Tell

The 36th Durban International Film Festival in South Africa has wrapped its annual showcase of international film, with this year's menu providing distinctly more African fare under the new directorship of Pedro Pimenta.  South African documentary The Shore Break is... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CRUMBS Finds Ethiopia In Tarkovsky's Zone

Ethiopian post-apocalypse dystopian fairy tale Crumbs has a decaying handsomeness to match its unique vision. It has a confident and accomplished auteur unwillingness for either pandering or traditionally pleasing its audience, while simultaneously offering an archetypal hero-journey tale. If features an optimistic message... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  
 
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