Jacob Boersema, a Dutch PhD student who works on Afrikaner identity in postapartheid South Africa, recently told me about a new film, “Black Butterflies,” about the life of Ingrid Jonker, the late Afrikaans poet (she committed suicide in 1965), whose work gained renewed interest after Nelson Mandela read one of her poems during his inaugural speech as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994. A Dutch crew is currently shooting the film in Cape Town. All the leads are played by non-South Africans. Reports suggest the film will focus on Jonker’s affairs with two of her lovers, Jack Cope and Andre Brink. I don’t know enough about the production, but I did notice that the same person who brought as the deplorable “Goodbye Bafana”–the film about Mandela’s close relationship with his white prison guard–is writing the script. On the face of it, that can’t be a good sign.
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A Canadian immigrant father’s Egyptian football nationalism, and reflections on World Cup fever from Cairo.
Reliving the epic quarterfinal match between France and Brazil at Mexico ’86.
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What will the renewed land debate in South Africa mean for the border woes of neighbors such as Lesotho?
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Has migration policy reckoned with epidemics like Ebola?
A reflection on police brutality in Nigeria on the anniversary of the death of the ‘Apo Six.’
A group of esteemed Nigerian thinkers come together and chat about rapper Falz’s take on the viral “This Is…” video meme.
Why has Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video resonated with so many people around the world?
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While entertaining, the showy presidential campaign of Zimbabwe’s opposition may not amount to much on July 30th.