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Monday, April 15th, 2013

Roger Ebert was the business

There are other film critics who are intellectual–like Stuart Klawans at The Nation, Armond White (he was good once) and Stanley Kaufmann at The New Republic–but they lacked Ebert’s accessibility and heart. (Ebert, by the way, had an acute sense of the racial political economy in US cinema, as Richard Prince blogged at The Root). Ebert, who...

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Message of District 9: Nigerians are Redundant

Now that District 9 is out on DVD and given the fact that it was on a lot of people’s ‘Best Films of 2009″ lists, is a good excuse to talk about its depiction of its Nigerian...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Is Africa ready for science fiction

For a while now I have been hoping to post a link to an blog post by Chicago-based Nnedi Okorafor, a writer of science fiction, about the reception to science fiction among Africans. Okorafor mentions some samples...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Is District 9 being censored in Nigeria?

This news: Information Minister Dora Akunyili has asked movie houses in the capital of Abuja to stop screening District 9 because the South Africa-based sci-fi movie about aliens and discrimination makes Nigerians look bad. “We have...

Monday, September 21st, 2009

“District 9″ and the Nigerians

Online comment to New York Press on a film review of “District 9,” the sci-fi movie about aliens landing in Johannesburg: As a young Afrikaans South African with a fondness for interspecies-conflict-based fiction, I enjoyed D9, and...

Friday, September 11th, 2009

COMMENT: DISTRICT 9 AND THE NIGERIANS

Nigerian-born, Brooklyn writer, Teju Cole, writing in Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper: Even making allowances for the fact that is a fable, with strong elements of satire and allegory, the one-dimensionality of the Nigerian characters is striking....

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The set of District 9 was a real Johannesburg slum

We’ll have to see the film first before judging it (its main focus is the angst of a white South African), but here’s what the people living in the slum where “District 9″ was filmed, are saying:...

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Aliens in Johannesburg

You can’t miss the posters for “District 9″ plastered all over Manhattan. The film opens worldwide in cinemas tomorrow.  From the film’s website, its marketing budget and media coverage, this is definitely a Hollywood film. Here’s the...