Review: DEATH METAL ANGOLA Rocks Our World

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy,... More »
  

OJUJU: Watch The Trailer For The Nigerian Zombie Film

Despite being made with virtually no budget and minimal resources in extremely trying conditions, writer-director CJ Obasi's Ojuju emerged from the recent African International Film Festival in Calabar with the Best Nigerian Film prize ahead of many much higher budgeted... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

AFRIFF 2014 Review: OJUJU Is A Promising Effort From An Obvious Talent

Winner of the Best Nigerian Film at the just completed Africa International Film Festival in Calabar - a prize it won over vastly higher budgeted major players from within the established Nigerian industry - CJ 'Fiery' Obasi's Ojuju is an... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Things Get Heavy In The Trailer For DEATH METAL ANGOLA

Christopher Bourne first brought Death Metal Angola to our attention in his coverage of DOC NYC 2013. Following its successful festival run, the film is currently in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, and will be unleashed in the... More »
  

AFRIFF 2014 Review: COZ OV MONI 2 Is A Ridiculously Good Time

Several days on from screening Ghanaian musical duo FOKN Bois' Coz Ov Moni 2: Fokn Revenge - a film they bill as "the world's second first pidgen musical" - I am left with one certainty and one question. The certainty?... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa's LEADING LADY Will Perform For US Audiences

South African culture-clash romantic comedy Leading Lady enjoyed a successful reception at the Seattle International Film Festival recently, and has now secured a cinematic distribution deal for the US. Check out the trailer embedded below.Leading Lady leading lady, Katie McGrath,... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS, Brilliant And Disturbing Satire

The words 'satire' and 'mockumentary', when referring to films, might automatically be thought to reference humour. But there is no humour, except very dark, in director Kaouther Ben Hania's brilliant The Challat of Tunis. It is a searing portrait of... More »
  

I Am Consciousness. I Am Alive. I Am CHAPPIE. We Have Our First Trailer!

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Chappie poster comes our first trailer.It looks like we have another heady science fiction treatment by Neill Blomkamp, with little of the rumoured humour in the film showing face in this trailer. Plenty of heart... More »
  

Vancouver 2014 Review: MAN ON HIGH HEELS, Crime Genre As Transgender Study

Man On High Heels, a Korean gangster-cop flick of another color, navigates gender politics as shakily as its strangely-worded (or translated) title would suggest. Cha Seung-won stars as Ji-wook, the eponymous man: a specimen of ideal masculinity who spends his... More »
  

Review: FISHING WITHOUT NETS Expertly Expands the Somali Pirate Story

You'd be excused for a slight case of déjà vu when reading the description of Cutter Hodierne's feature debut Fishing Without Nets. Somali pirates have been a hot topic lately with both Danish film A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass's Tom... More »
  

That "Other" Somali Pirate Movie: An Interview With FISHING WITHOUT NETS Director Cutter Hodierne

Film audiences are, by now, more than familiar with the concept of Somali piracy, either through the reporting of international news agencies, or through a certain hit movie starring Tom Hanks that came out last year.However, one year prior, Cutter... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: TIMBUKTU Is A Strong Condemnation Of Religious Extremism

Timbuktu, that faraway place, the end of the world, is an actual city in Northern Mali in Africa.  It was once a bustling trade town in sub-Saharan Africa and now famous for its fabulous architecture, libraries and scholars. Abderramane Sissako... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Sundance Winning FISHING WITHOUT NETS

While we've had an interesting string of films about Somali pirates, Cutter Hodierne's feature debut is the only one of these that is from the perspective of the pirates themselves.Fishing Without Nets follows a young Somali fishermen who is thrust... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: RUN Finds Thrilling Drama In Fractured Character Study

Ivorian Philippe Lacôte's film Run is a brash fiction debut for this documentarian. The film begins with an off-camera assassination, and through a series of concentric flashback's we're told the story of Run. Part gangster and part activist, Run... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Edgy South African Thriller IMPUNITY

We've been saying for quite some time now to keep an eye on South Africa, where there seems to be no end to interesting young talent bubbling beneath the surface, and Jyoti Mistry's Impunity provides another case in point.Sharing a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Find Hope In The Aftermath Of Horrific Violence With The Promo For South African Doc ALISON

The woman smiling at you above should arguably not be smiling. She shouldn't even be alive. And that Alison Botha not only survived an absolutely brutal attempt on her life but has transcended it to bring a message of hope... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Tokyo 2014: EVANGELION Creator Anno Hideaki To Be Honored

Evangelion fans might want to start planning a pilgrimage to Japan in October, as the Tokyo International Film Festival has announced it will be screening a huge showcase of the works of one of the country's leading animated filmmakers, Anno Hideaki. The... More »
  

HEAR ME MOVE: Watch The Trailer For South Africa's First Dance Film

Presented at the Durban International Film Festival prior to the December release of the completed film, the first trailer has freshly arrived for Scottnes Smith's Hear Me Move. Billed as the first ever dance film from South Africa the trailer... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantasia 2014: Impressions From The Frontières Pitch Sessions

As great Canadian bards of the 20th century once wrote into one of their lyrics, "If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?" Yesterday morning we "industry-types" gathered together for the... More »
  

Durban 2014 Review: Documentary Short THE LAST BOERS OF PATAGONIA Is Sumptuous And Stirring

Around the turn of the 19th century, a few Boer families - Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch settlers in what is now South Africa - fled the country to escape persecution by the British during the Anglo-Boer Wars. A... More »
  
 
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