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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Film Review: ‘100% Dakar–More than Art’

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years. In the lead

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

#Watch Binyavanga’s brilliant YouTube documentary calling out the BS behind “African” homophobia

We’ve been looking forward to this one. When our friends at the Guardian and BBC (and plenty of other outlets) finally reported on Binyavanga Wainaina’s wonderful essay yesterday, we learned that he had a documentary up his sleeve as...

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Donkey that Carried the Cloud on its Back

This is just a short post to give everyone a heads up on a crowd funding campaign for a new documentary on the construction of Africa's largest port on the island of Lamu, Kenya. The film will...

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Tsofa: A documentary film about Congolese immigrants in Romania

Congolese (Brazzaville) filmmaker Rufin Mbou Mikima has uploaded* his latest documentary “Tsofa” to YouTube. The film tells the story of a group of Congolese men, many of them highly qualified university graduates who got offered a 600...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Searching for Redemption

In Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez the man feels more like an awkward prop in a story of white redemption rather than the star of his own movie.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Ghana’s elections: Back to the future

The critically-acclaimed documentary “An African Election” is an excellent primer for Friday’s elections in the small, but pivotal West African nation of Ghana. Directed by Jarreth Merz, the film chronicles the final month of campaigning in Ghana’s...

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

10 African films to watch out for, N°4

Here are another 10 films we’re hoping to see in the (near) future. First, three “fiction” films. ‘Winter of Discontent’, a film by director Ibrahim El Batout is set against the backdrop of the 2011 Tahrir Square...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Is Hip-Hop artist Ismael Sankara related to Thomas Sankara? Does it matter?

There are many things in life that really don’t matter all that much, but are very intriguing. The line between a person’s privacy and how to inappropriately disturb it by sticking one’s nose where it’s not invited...

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Documentary–‘I am Malawi’

‘I am Malawi’ is a short documentary by Geert Veuskens and Pieter de Vos. (Part 1 above, part 2 below.) Veuskens gave us some more details about their project:

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Selling Freetown

Kieran Hanson's documentary "Shooting Freetown" is a short glimpse into the lives of various media creators in Freetown, Sierra Leone during July and August of 2011. I was in the city at the same time this was...

Monday, November 7th, 2011

South Africans ‘going into Africa’

My friend Chipo recently sent me this pilot of a documentary travel series entitled Going Native. Not only was I pleasantly surprised to find Chipo in the pilot as one of the characters, but also found the...

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Belgian Color Bar

Roland Gust was born to a Congolese mother and a Belgian father. He grew up in Congo, believing he was white. That is, until his family decided to return to Belgium when he was twelve. Twenty years...

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

‘Jew-Man Business’ in Sierra Leone

Within the inner city of Freetown, Sierra Leone lies an area known as ‘Belgium’. Hundreds of youth, many of them ex-combatants, are hustling in this area on a daily basis. Jew-Man Business, a documentary made by anthropologists...

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Rankin does South Africa

With the World Cup in South Africa around the corner, the BBC is whetting audience appetites through a special season called the “Wonderful Africa Season“. It is billed as “a wide ranging season of films looking at...