Activist and theatre director Nancy Diuguid, left, with partner and film-maker Melanie Chait.
Melanie Chait/Dance Me to the End of Time
On at Cape Town Pride, Melanie Chait’s documentary is about her life partner Nancy Diuguid.
A pioneer of cinema, his films established a truly African cinema for Africans.
Famed director Ousmane Sembène (centre, with trademark pipe) and a group of extras on set.
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Born 100 years ago this year, Africa’s most legendary filmmaker - and a prolific novelist -remains relevant through his beautifully crafted political works.
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Hollywood undermines Africa’s struggles, creating a false impression of the continent to please western viewers.
Still from the film Sons of the Sea.
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Woven throughout the backstories of these characters is the loss of loved ones, lack of resources and the desperation to get out of economic hardship.
Dolly Rathebe (centre) in detail of the album cover for Dolly Rathebe & Elite Swingsters.
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Her celebration of black life, black beauty and black humanity through her films and music was subversive.
A demonstration in memory of Dulcie September, Paris 1988.
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The 1988 murder of the exiled ANC leader has never been solved – but by raising awareness and targeting core viewers, the film aims to help change that.
Detail from a poster for the romantic comedy Happiness is a Four-Letter Word.
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The rise of the black romantic comedy in South Africa dovetailed perfectly with the advent of streaming services - creating a box office phenomenon.
A tide of ‘the feels’ buoyed the underdog documentary to an Oscar win – but the local industry will need to focus on where international gains are most needed.
Children watching an old Hindi film at a video centre in Tamale in Ghana in 2016.
Depictions of Indian life in cinema and soap operas have found particular affinity with communities in Northern Ghana.
Mary Twala Mhlongo is the star of This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection.
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Lesotho’s first-ever entry at the Oscars is a powerful story based on true-to-life events in which a village is to be forcibly evicted to make way for a new dam.
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It wasn’t just the film Rafiki - a joyful lesbian love story - but also the experience of going to watch it after it was unbanned that created a new kind of freedom.
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The artist’s body of work, through its very public focus on queer masculinity, offers alternative ways of thinking about what being a man is.
A still from High Fantasy by Jenna Cato Bass.
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Micro-budgets, alternative distribution and collaboration have been fast-tracked by the coronavirus crisis.
The entrance to Fespaco’s main venue, Cinema Burkina.
Pier Paolo Frassinelli
Fespaco, Africa’s premier film festival, celebrated its 50th anniversary in Burkina Faso. For African cinema to survive, it must adapt to today’s audiences and forms of distraction.
Teeming with references to African culture and experience, the couple’s latest work places ‘blackness'at the heart of the Western canon.
Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER
This new Afro-celebratory sci-fi trendsetter sets out to unsettle and subvert film stereotypes about Africa – and succeeds brilliantly.
A cameraman films a scene for the Nollywood movie October 1, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan, at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest Nigeria.
From stories about cult and witchcraft to heartbreak and sorrow, Nigeria’s Nollywood has developed into Africa’s giant in filmmaking.
Glorious though Nigerian cinema may be, it’s not being fairly compared.
This week Nigeria received a storm of positive publicity as it officially became Africa’s largest economy, with one commentator declaring: “Move over South Africa: here comes Nigeria!” The entrepreneurial…