Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Wooden Hand
  • Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
    Countries: Tunisia and France
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 23 min.
    Language: Arabic

    Amira, 5 years old, doesn’t like school. In order to avoid going there she finds an unstoppable idea that goes beyond her expectations…

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  • Winter of Discontent
  • Director: Ibrahim El-Batout
    Countries: Egypt
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 94 min.
    Language: Arabic

    Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square that began on January 25th, 2011, this film by independent director Ibrahim El Batout … read more»

  • The Promise
  • Director: Akin Okunrinboye
    Countries: Nigeria and USA
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 6 min.
    Language: English and Yoruba

    Kemi has been with Femi for five years now. She is tired of waiting, especially since the relationship does not seem to be … read more»

  • The Last Song Before the War
  • Director: Kiley Kraskouskas
    Countries: Mali and USA
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 74 min.
    Language: French, Tamashek, and English

    The Last Song Before the War is a documentary that captures the rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the … read more»

  • The Market King / Soko Sonko
  • Director: Ekwa Msangi Countries: Kenya and USA Year: 2014 Running Time: 22 min. Language: KiSwahili and Sheng When her mom gets sick, Kibibi’s dad must take her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins. Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish-out-of-water roller coaster of a journey ...
  • Something Necessary
  • Director: Judy Kibinge
    Countries: Germany and Kenya
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 82 min.
    Language: Swahili

    Anne is struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2008 elections claiming the life of her husband, the … read more»

  • Sodiq
  • Director: Adeyemi Michael
    Countries: United Kingdom
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 44 min.
    Language: English

    Sodiq Adeojo a 20-year-old young man from Peckham, South London, has been charged for the murder of Sylvester Akpalara. In 2004 Sodiq alongside at the time … read more»

  • Reve Kaduji
  • Director: Ibbe Daniels
    Countries: Belgium
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 63 min.
    Language: French, English, Italian and Spanish

    The moment Serge Kakudji heard the sounds of opera for the very first time as a young boy on Congolese television he immediately … read more»

  • Of Good Report
  • Director: Jahmil Qubeka
    Countries: South Africa
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 109 min.
    Language: Xhosa

    A seemingly broken figure drags itself across an arid landscape. Armed and bloodied he removes what appears to be a pair of human incisor teeth out … read more»

  • Ninah’s Dowry
  • Director: Victor Viyuoh
    Countries: Cameroon
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 95 min.
    Language: Pidgin, English, and Babanki

    Ninah is a runaway wife, stuck in an abusive relationship, whose husband finds out that she is pregnant and he comes with his friends … read more»

  • Living Funeral
  • Director: Udoka Oyeka
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 21 min.
    Language: English

    Set in the backdrop of delusional stability, a young girl battling with breast cancer in the last days of her life, arranges a farewell for her family … read more»

  • Legends of Madagascar / Malagasy Mankany
  • Director: Haminiaina Ratovoarivony
    Countries: Madagascar
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 93 min.
    Language: Malagasy

    Haminiaina Ratovoarivony writes, directs and edits a spirited road trip story full of nationalist uplift. A thief on the run, a sociology student, an underground reggae DJ … read more»

  • Kwaku Ananse
  • Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu
    Countries: Ghana, Mexico and USA
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 25 min.
    Language: Twi

    The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse tells the story of a part man, part spider who spends years collecting all wisdom … read more»

  • Kuhani
  • Director: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
    Countries: Uganda and USA
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 7 min.
    Language: Swahili and English

    This short film was inspired by Ugandan Catholic priest Father Anthony Musaala’s open letter to the Catholic church titled: “The Failure … read more»

  • It’s Us / Ni Sisi
  • Director: Nick Reding
    Countries: Kenya
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 92 min.
    Language: Swahili

    Ni Sisi portrays a typical Kenyan community: a harmonious muddle of tribes, intermarriages, and extended families who have lived and worked together all their lives. Then one … read more»

  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Director: Biyi Bandele
    Countries: Nigeria and UK
    Year: 2014
    Running Time: 111 min.
    Language: English

    Upon returning to a privileged life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their education in England, Olanna and Kainene, twins from a wealthy Nigerian family … read more»

  • Grigris
  • Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
    Countries: France and Chad
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 101 min.
    Language: French and Arabic

    Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris dreams of being a professional dancer, while he is making some extra cash on the dance floor … read more»

  • Fuelling Poverty
  • Director: Ishaya Bako
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: English, Pidgin, Yoruba and Hausa

    The oil subsidy placed on petroleum products in 2012 by the Nigerian government was meant to provide a much-needed relief on the cost … read more»

  • Felix
  • Director: Roberta Durrant
    Countries: South Africa
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 97 min.
    Language: English and Xhosa

    14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother, Lindiwe, thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix … read more»

  • Faisal Goes West
  • Director: Bentley Brown
    Countries: USA and Sudan
    Year: 2013
    Running Time: 35 min.
    Language: English and Arabic

     

    Faisal puts his family—newly arrived in America—in a tough spot when he loses the family car. Facing the reality that he is … read more»