Reviews

  • MAX and MONA Review
  • By Sean Jacobs
  •  Max and Mona is a post-apartheid South African comedy. Set in and around the country’s industrial capital Johannesburg, it revolves around young Max Bua (Mpho Lovingo), the village mourner of a small, provincial town who, despite inheriting his grandfather’s unique … read more»

  • A Matter of Style
  • By Patty Chang
  • Among the noteworthy films featured this year at the New York African Film Festival at Lincoln Center was George Amponsah and Cosima Spender’s documentary, The Importance of Being Elegant, which examines the Congolese subculture centered around the worship of clothes … read more»

  • HELLO NIGERIA!
  • By Zina Saro-Wiwa
  • Hello Nigeria! is actually the first in a series of programmes that I am doing where I attempt to dissect another culture through examining their celebrity magazines. The series is called Hello World!, but it was seeing the Nigerian … 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»

  • 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»

  • Soldiers of the Rock Review
  • By Mejeke K. Maurice Jones
  • Norman Maake’s directorial debut is cinematic/karmic  kaleidoscope encompasses a boiling and poignant saga of the fraternity of determination and Shaka Zulu like strength that is the bedrock of a cadre of South African gold miners. Depending on the view on … read more»

  • We the Living
  • By Donald Levit
  • South African theater, jazz, video and commercial film director Ian Gabriel’s first feature, Forgiveness, offers a sensitive probing of the realities of Apartheid and its human toll and legacy.

    One of twenty-four films from twelve countries at the multi-media … read more»

  • 14th Annual African Film Festival
  • By Ina Diane Archer
  • Celebrating its 14th year, the New York African Film Festival continues to exemplify the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s commitment to international cinema. Annually, programmer Mahen Bonetti expands perceptions of African people, culture and cinema, articulating the artistic commonalities of … read more»

  • AFRICAN FILM FEST STAGES A “CRUEL” QUICK HIT
  • By JOYCE WHITE
  • The 17th New York African Film Festival got underway again last week with the premiere of a stunning 8-minute satire on revolution and oil seizure titled “Dr. Cruel,” a joint venture of film maker Teco Benson of Nigeria, and Jakob … read more»

  • “Moi et Mon Blanc” Review
  • By Mejeke K. Maurice Jones
  • This is a fast-paced comedy of errors cocaine caper; a humorous fast-paced, quick-witted tale of the collision and embrace of two cultures and the absurdity of caste, class and cash.  With aspiration and determination as the impulsive incentive, two parking … read more»

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