Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Jazz on a Summer’s Day
  • Director: Bert Stern and Aram Avakian
    Country: USA
    Year: 1959
    Running Time: 85 min.
    Language: English

    The first major film statement on jazz and the granddaddy of festival films. Noted photographer Bert Stern filmed a virtual Who’s Who of jazz … read more»

In My Genes, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min.
  • In My Genes
  • Director: Lupita Nyong’o
    Country: Kenya
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 78 min.
    Language: English and Swahili

    What is it like to be white in a black society? Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the difficulties of being born with no pigment … read more»

Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964, Soviet Union, 141 min
  • I am Cuba
  • Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
    Country: Soviet Union
    Year: 1964
    Running Time: 141 min.
    Language: Spanish and Russian

    Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin, and … read more»

Françoise Bouffault, Senegal, 1997, 30 min.
  • Guew Bi – Dances of Senegal
  • Director: Françoise Bouffault
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 30 min.
    Language: English and French


    Senegalese often set up a temporary stage at a street corner. It is the Guew Bi, the dancing circle where a cheerful crowd dressed … read more»

  • Forgiveness
  • Director: Ian Gabriel
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 118 min.
    Language: English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

    Tertius Coetzee, an ex-cop granted amnesty for his crimes by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, seeks out the family of one … read more»

Ousmane Sembène, Senegal, 2001, 121 min.
  • Faat Kiné
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 121 min.
    Language: French and Wolof


    Sembène tackles the question of women’s lives in contemporary Dakar, Senegal’s bustling capital. It’s a warm, often funny story of a single mother, her two … read more»

Imunga Ivanga, Gabon, 2001, 80 min
  • Dollar / Dôlé
  • Director: Imunga Ivanga
    Country: Gabon
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 80 min.
    Language: French

    The tribulations of five youths start this film. Libreville is home to Mougler and his friends, Baby Lee, Joker, Jackson and Bezingo. The boys are left to … read more»

Craig and Damon Foster, South Africa, 2002, 72 min
  • Cosmic Africa
  • Director: Craig and Damon Foster
    Country: South Africa
    Year: 2002
    Running Time: 72 min
    Language: English, Bambara, and Ju’hoansi


    Traveling across the scope of the African continent – Namibia, Ghana, Northern Kenya, Dogon country in Mali, and the Egyptian Sahara … read more»

  • Bye Bye Brazil
  • Director: Carlos Diegues
    Country: Brazil
    Year: 1980
    Running Time: 110 min.
    Language: Portuguese

    A hypnotically languorous road movie with an upbeat political kick. The story follows a small time traveling sideshow – Magician, Strong Man, Exotic Dancer – as they … read more»

  • The Light at the End of the Dark Continent
  • By Donald J. Levit
  • Man may work from sun to sun

    But woman’s work is never done.

             -Traditional (origin unknown)

    Little gems from the Third World float westward once in a while, under- or non-promoted/distributed, for limited runs, or remora-like hitch a ride on … read more»

  • White Wedding Review
  • By Akiedah Mohamed
  • The preview of White Wedding at Atlas studios in Johannesburg was packed yet people squeezed into any and every available space.  Within minutes of watching the film, I understood why there’s such a buzz ahead of its cinematic release; it’s … read more»

  • Cinemas of the South
  • By Imunga Ivanga
  • Cinematic production originating in the South is often understood as a cinema of transition. Unique luxury, it takes the time to paint a world that is distant and yet so close, both in its refusal of entertainment and in its … read more»

  • U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Review
  • By Marion Manigo
  • When I first saw U-Carmen eKhayelitsha at the 13th New York African Film Festival in April 2006, I was mesmerized.  Because the film made such a strong social statement with its casting of Carmen, I was forced to … read more»

  • The Rwandan Holocaust On Film
  • By Kimani wa Wanjiru
  • “Let me try and describe Kigali on April 1994,” Nick Hughes, a documentary cameraman with Vivid Features told and attentive audience in Harvard. “A convoy of Belgium paratroopers was going to a Catholic mission to rescue a white expatriate and … read more»

  • The Role of Music in African Cinema
  • By Beatriz Leal Riesco
  • Even today, an analysis of the complex role of music in film is often forgotten by critics, many of whom remain prostrate before the dictatorship of the image. Yet as a manifestation of culture, music has a privileged position with … read more»

Abderrhamane Sissako, Mali/France, 2006, 115 min.
  • Bamako
  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
    Country: Mali
    Year: 2006
    Running Time: 115 min.
    Language: Bambara and French with English subtitles

    Set in the courtyard of a mud walled house in Bamako, the capitol city of Mali, the intimate personal story of an … read more»

Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon/France, 2002, 45min.
  • Alex’s Wedding
  • Director: Jean Marie Teno
    Country: Cameroon and France
    Year: 2003
    Running Time: 45 min.
    Language: Bamileke and French


    Unlike any wedding video you’ve ever seen, Teno’s sharp eye captures every uncomfortable moment in a polygamous marriage ceremony. Personal, public and … read more»

  • Gone With the Critique
  • By Imunga Ivanga
  • Can we speak of cinema critique when it comes to the cinemas of Sub-Saharan Africa? This question, asked in such brutal a manner, still remains an enigma in my view. Under other auspices, the question of critique often translates itself … read more»