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African films @ The 53rd London film Festival 14-29 0ct 2009

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Fire of Mansaré (Director, Mansour Sora Wade. Senagal)
Mon 19| 20:30| NFT2,
Tue 20| 16:15| NFT3,
Fri 23| 16:30| Ritzy Screen 2

Mansour Sora Wade presents a story about desire, choice and the freedom (or lack of it) of young people forced into a traditional practice where a male tags a girl at birth for marriage in adulthood.

Known mainly for his award-winning short films, Mansour Sora Wade delivers a second feature film as a story about desire, choice and the freedom (or lack of it) of young people forced into a traditional practice where a male tags a girl at birth for marriage in adulthood. Mathias returns triumphant to Mansaré, his native city, after having amassed a fortune abroad over a few years.

 

The Absence  (Directed by Mama Keita. Senagal and France)
Thu 15| 20:30| NFT2
Fri 16| 16:00| NFT2
An intense drama of loss, solitude, love and hope.
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October 12, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, entertainment, feature films | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Conversation with Filmmaker Haile Gerima

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Above: Haile Gerima, the internationally acclaimed director of
Teza, Sankofa, Adwa, Bush Mama and other feature films and
documentaries. (Photo by Gezaw Tesfaye).

Tadias Magazine
By Martha Z. Tegegn

Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009

New York (Tadias) – For filmmaker Haile Gerima the travails of life are much like moving images – “a constant journey of restlessness and complexity, until the final rest.”

Haile’s latest film Teza is set to make it U.S. premiere in Washington D.C. tonight. The film focuses on the tumultuous years of the Mengistu era, as told by an idealistic Ethiopian doctor who recounts dreams and nightmares.

Trailer – https://filmingafrica.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/haile-gerimas-teza-to-premiere-in-the-us/

We spoke with Haile at his Sankofa bookstore, conveniently located across from Howard University where he has been teaching film since 1975.

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September 24, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, entertainment, feature films, interview | , , , | Leave a comment

The Figurine raises the bar of Nigerian filmmaking

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September 4, 2009 05:33PMT

By Lerato Umah

 

The Figurine raises the bar of Nigerian filmmaking

 Yet to be screened by the press and still in the post production stage, The Figurine – produced by , adequately portrays the advances made in the Nigerian movie industry. The film has intricate plot that represents the true nature of the different facets of the lifestyles of Nigerians. In ancient Yoruba land, set in modern Osun State, a priest brings forth ‘Araromire’, the goddess of good luck and fortune who bestows wealth upon the people for seven years. After finding a figurine in an abandoned shrine whilst in National Youth Service Corps camp in the town of Araromire, two young friends go on from a life of hustling in Lagos to become successful businessmen facing seemingly normal issues to do with friendship, love, and family. Bizarre occurrences lead to the pointing of fingers at the ugly stranger in the house – the figurine they found seven years earlier. Starring Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, Omoni Oboli and Funlola Aofiyebi, this N70 million production sells the ‘Lagos Life’ in an inviting manner.

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/ArtsandCulture/5450624-147/story.csp

 

September 5, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, feature films | , , , , , | Leave a comment

District 9 labelled xenophobic by Nigerians

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A still from District 9. Photograph: PR

The squatters of Chiawelo share the District 9 limelight with another group on the bottom rung of society.

Wednesday 2 September 2009 23.11 BST

Nigerian immigrants play a large part in the film – taking the roles of gangsters, prostitutes or witch-doctors. They are depicted eating alien flesh or having sex with the creatures. Many Nigerians are furious.

An internet backlash is under way with an online petition and a Facebook group, “District 9 Hates Nigerians”, accusing the film of xenophobia.

One blogger, Nicole Stamp, wrote: “That’s Hollywood’s Africa, isn’t it. Black Africans shown as degenerate savages who’ll have sex with non-humans and are pretty damn eager to eat people. Disgusting.”

There was further criticism yesterday from the Nigerian-born British actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim, who appeared in the films Hotel Rwanda and Wolverine.

He told South Africa‘s Beeld newspaper that many Nigerians were upset about the film. “I have lived in South Africa,” he said. “The country has so many beautiful things to offer … its problems can’t be ascribed only to a small group of people.”

On Facebook, he wrote: “If the African continent truly wants to be liberated, we cannot sit back and allow this depiction of a ‘few rotten apples’ to be spread across the world.”

He expressed concern that District 9 would reinforce negative stereotypes of all Africans.

“The idea that it’s not only Nigerians, but all Africans who behave in that way, will be spread across the world. I find that to be a painful thought. The manner in which the Nigerians are depicted cannot be justified.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/02/district-9-labelled-xenophobic-nigerians

September 3, 2009 Posted by | feature films | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Haile Gerima’s Teza to premiere in the US

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Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New York (Tadias) – Haile Gerima’s award-winning film Teza is set to make its U.S. premiere at the Avalon Theater in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Teza has scooped several awards at prestigious international film festivals – including the Venice Film Festival, the Carthage Film Festival, and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco). The film focuses on the tumultuous years of the Mengistu era told through the gripping story of a German-educated, idealistic Ethiopian doctor.

Teza’s U.S. premiere is sponsored by the European Commission, Positive Productions, and WPFW-FM. Tickets can be purchased at Sankofa.com.

http://www.tadias.com/2009/09/01/ethiopian-film-teza-set-to-premiere-in-us-watch-the-trailer/

Trailer

September 3, 2009 Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival, feature films | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments