Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Twenty-six years ago this month, Thomas Sankara was brutally murdered. His biopic is still waiting to be made. A revolutionary leader possessed of a towering intellect and extraordinary magnetism, Sankara had rejected the orthodoxies that still today ensure that African nations are structurally dependent on old colonial powers and their global financial institutions.
Friday, April 12th, 2013
The 23rd edition of the famed West African film festival FESPACO ran last month in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. We previewed it here. Since the festival, we asked two filmmakers—Newton Aduaka (who attended) and Haile Gerima (who stayed away)—and...
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
The Ethiopian director Haile Gerima made one of last century’s most recognizable African films, “Sankofa,” about the transatlantic slave trade. Now he has a new film, “Teza,” which revolves around themes of exile and dictatorship in Ethiopia....
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Martin Scorsese is emerging as some kind of patron for African film in New York City.