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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Top 10 African films of 2011

2011 was a good year for African cinema. In various cinema seats and at home, I’ve been intrigued and moved, horrified and sickened, surprised and hugely entertained by a group of industries that together we call ‘African cinema’ — a sign that what can be expected is anything but stereotypical. In the list below, I’ve

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Viva Kinshasa

One of the most exciting films to come out of the continent recently is the Congolese gangster noir, ‘Viva Riva!’ Sean already blogged about it here when it just started to attract a lot of hype. I...

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Blitz the Ambassador talks African Cinema

  Blitz the Ambassador (you know we like him) says a lot about African film making in 120 seconds. H/T:Society HAE

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A ‘new wave’ of African film

“Sometimes I wonder: Will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other?” says Leonardo DiCaprio, sullen and bleary-eyed, stoically staring just off camera. “… I look around and I realize…” pause for emotion, “God...

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

‘The Best African Movie’

Last week the Congolese film “Viva Riva” won “The Best African Movie“* award at the MTV Movie Awards. That’s the kind of publicity African films can’t buy and should count for something when the film opens in...