Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Redemption Trope in South African Cinema

Come Back Africa (dir. Lionel Rogosin), Mapantsula (dir. Oliver Schmitz) and Tsotsi (dir. Gavin Hood) mark three distinct eras in South African cinema. The oldest of the three, Come Back Africa, shot secretly in the late 1950s, shows the routine violence of the apartheid state. The viewer experiences the monotony of social exclusion through the

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade poll of the greatest films of all time

Tonight in London, film magazine Sight & Sound (published by the British Film Institute) announces its once-in-a-decade poll of the greatest films of all time, “perhaps the most recognized poll of its kind in the world.” The...

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

#DVD: ‘Life, Above All’

Oliver Schmitz’s South African AIDS drama, “Life, Above All,” is now on sale on on DVD in the United States. I was invited to a pre-screening of this film when it first came out this summer and had mixed feelings...