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Monday, April 9th, 2012

‘Restless City’ at the 19th New York African Film Festival

Towards the final scenes of Restless City, Jessye Norman’s solo soprano voice scales the great buildings and the conveyor belts of vehicles, between all of which a small red scooter navigates, carrying the slim bodies of Djibril and Trina. They are here, in this city, with all their desires clenched in their mouths. It is Norman’s voice,...

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Dosunmu’s ‘Restless City,’ the best African film of 2011?

I finally got to see director Andrew Dosunmu’s debut feature film, “Restless City,” this summer (at the Urban World Film Festival). The story, part American dream narrative, revolves around a young West African immigrant, Djibril, who lives in...

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Andrew Dosunmu’s ‘Restless City’

I recently missed out on seeing a special screening (at BAM in Brooklyn) of “Restless City,” the new film by Andrew Dosunmu, “… the story of Djibril, an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York...

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A Brief Cinematic Guide to Mother of George

Since last AIAC reviewed Mother of George in September, much has happened in the life of the film that warrants a more fine-grained analysis of its endless cinematic offerings. The National Board of Review just named Mother of George one of the...

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George”

From the opening moment of Andrew Dosunmu’s magnificent new film, “Mother of George” (we’ve talked about the film before here and here), the viewer is immediately transported into a dream space – one of deep indigos, radiant golds,...

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Afropolitan Dreams in Brooklyn

Blitz the Ambassador is throwing a block party in Brooklyn this Saturday. Les Nubians are singing, Rimarkable and myself are DJing, and Restless City is screening. MoCADA is the host and co-sponsor.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°33

Let’s start with two club tracks. It’s Friday after all. Above is a collaboration between Boddhi Satva (from the Central African Republic) and Oumou Sangaré (from Mali) who together recorded this video in Bamako. You could dance...

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion: Chief Boima’s Many Identities

If you’re unfamiliar with my musical work, OkayAfrica.com recently did a profile on me for their web TV series.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The 19th New York African Film Festival: April 11-17

This film festival–still the premier site for African film in New York City and on the US east coast–opens tonight at Lincoln Center with a showing of “Mama Africa,” the 2011 documentary by Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki...

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Film: The talented Tajdin sisters

Filmmaker Amirah Tajdin and her producer sister Wafa Tajdin are currently working on their first feature, titled “Walls of Leila,” and are running a Kickstarter campaign to help launch their production. For two young, clearly talented filmmakers,...

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

‘The Best African Movie’

Last week the Congolese film “Viva Riva” won “The Best African Movie“* award at the MTV Movie Awards. That’s the kind of publicity African films can’t buy and should count for something when the film opens in...