Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, is a film of a play by author and activist Wole Soyinka. It premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lifting awards at film festivals is just the start of the journey for documentaries like The Last Shelter (Mali), No U-Turn (Nigeria) and No Simple Way Home (South Sudan).
Discussions about the films on social media and online forums show that African queer lives are complex and don’t tell a single story.
The award-winning documentary - now on in South Africa - follows opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. But it spends too much time in meetings instead of giving insight into the bigger picture.
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Spurred by the impetus of the #MeToo movement, South Africa’s is the latest film and TV industry to introduce intimacy protocols to guide how intimate scenes are conceived and executed.
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.
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.
Low-budget, grassroots video-film efforts are beginning to blossom and will shape the film industry in the long run.
Herri steps into a lacuna in the South African arts and culture publishing landscape and deploys design to add richness to its critical texts.
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.
Big investors seem to be mainly interested in Nollywood’s already established popularity with African audiences.
Racism is a charge that could be leveled at cinema from its very inception. There are some positive signs of change, but audiences have a role to play in making sure African films flourish.
Cape Town’s screening of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival provides a platform for debate, and shows how documentary films clarify and complicate the answers.