AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

documentary film

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Dirty Paraffin is “genre-defying”

We’ve been following The Fader’s Pitch Perfect documentary series since the start of the World Cup two weeks ago. In episode 2, The Fader documentary team receives a “short history of SA dance pop” from Johannesburg’s “genre-defying” duo, Dirty Paraffin. I’ve never heard of these guys before but after watching this video, I’m hooked. That

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

People’s Culture

Priceless footage of 1980s Community Arts Project in Durban, which, according to one of the founders, artist Bruno Brincat, was “… an idealistic arts project that was ahead of its time and got nixed by...

Friday, March 19th, 2010

‘To Stay Illegally or To Die”

I am not sure about the ethics involved in making this film or how truthful the experiences of British journalist Sorious Samura are, but “Living with Illegals,” his 50 minute documentary (made for British television) is depressing...

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Staying Alive in Johannesburg

Part 1, above, of the Dutch TV documentary film, “Staying Alivein Joburg.” The film is limited in its focus–its primarily a walk through inner city Johannesburg ahead of the 2010 World Cup. We get no sense of life...

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The People of the Largest Slum in Africa

Unsentimental–and to some even quite shocking–documentary film about the residents of Nairobi’s Kibera slum screened on Al Jazeera English.  (The opening few minutes are quite graphic, showing a new born baby.)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

FILM / NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM

I like the documentary film programming put out by The National Black Programming Consortium here in the US. They’re also got with programming that explore life on the continent. Like the three films below just...

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