African-cinema

ISSA SAMB

“Issa Samb is considered a total artist. His practice ranges from acting, for both theatre and cinema, to writing (poetry, essays, novels), installing, performing, painting and sculpting… yet his work is unclassifiable.”

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Pokou Princesse Ashanti, the first 3D animation movie from Cote d'Ivoire produced by Afrikatoon.

Synopsis: Abla Poku is an eighteenth-century Princess from the kingdom of the Ashanti people. She is an influential advisor to King Opokou Ware. One day, she learns that the King’s best friend, Kongouê Bian is plotting a coup against him to take the throne. Poku, refusing to see a war between her people uses her charisma and mystical powers to avoid the conflict. She unfortunately fails and is forced to live under the regime imposed by Kongouê Bian. Refusing to live under his rule, she chooses exile. Despite her departure, the current King decides to chase her, following a prophecy stating that a woman will lead the kingdom, something he doesn’t want to see happen.

Abla Poku or Abena Pokua, Abraha Poukou or Aura Poku is a Princess who existed. She is known among the Ashanti people and is part of the History of Côte d'Ivoire where she is considered the mother of the Baoulé people, one of the main Ivorian ethnic groups.

Release date: Summer 2013.

During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

Kinyarwanda, a movie by Alrick Brown

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Mahogany Too

A new short film produced by Obibini Pictures, LLC directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu starring Nigerian Actress: Esosa E

Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct re-imagining in the form of sequels, Mahogany Too, interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany, a fashion-infused romantic drama. Starring Nigerian actress Esosa E., Mahogany Too, examines and revives Diana Ross’ iconic portrayal of Tracy Chambers, a determined and energetic African-American woman enduring racial disparities while pursuing her dreams. Mahogany Too uses analog film to achieve its vintage tones which emphasizes the essence of the character, re-creating Tracy’s qualities through fashion, modeling, and styling.

“While living in Ghana promoting Kwaku Ananse in 2013, I met Nigerian actress Esosa E., in Makola Market, a popular market place and shopping district in the heart of Accra. I recognized Esosa from several of Kevin Jerome Everson’s avant-garde films. Our serendipitous encounter in Ghana and direct connection to Virginia, places where I consider home, called for a collaboration. Our mutual obsession with Diana Ross’ style and attraction to West African features inspired me to overcome the anxiety I felt around returning to analog filmmaking aesthetics. Our schedules eventually synced up across the Atlantic in Virginia, where Mahogany Too had its genesis.” - Akosua Adoma Owusu


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Idris Elba on set in Ghana for the screenplay adaptation of “Beast of No Nation” by Uzodinma Iweala.

Directed by Cary Fukunaga( same director for HBO’s True Detective and future director of “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo”)

The story follows the journey of  Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African country who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Not only must he face the harsh realities of the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister,he must also join a life of violence and brutality.

Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war which includes violence,bloodshed and a very dangerous commander.

Other cast members include Award winning Ghanaian Actress Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe.

The movie is set to be released in 2015

Retrieved from http://www.enewsgh.com/enews/2014/06/04/first-photos-idris-elbas-movie-shoot-in-ghana/

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Mother of George (2013) - dir. Andrew Dosunmu // Nigeria

Acclaimed photographer-turned-director Andrew Dosunmu’s film opens with a heady rush of the sights and sounds of a vibrant, traditional Yoruba wedding. Ayodele and Adenike are being married, and only after the ceremony is it apparent that the event is taking place not in Nigeria, but in Brooklyn. A recent immigrant, Adenike soon discovers her new life, like her wedding, is still dictated by the ways of her homeland, where wives are expected to conceive children, specifically boys, without delay. Months pass, and, much to the chagrin of her domineering mother-in-law, Adenike doesn’t get pregnant. As the pressure mounts, she makes a desperate decision, one that might save her marriage or tear it apart. 

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Some of Ousmane Sembène’s notables movies. His full filmography can be seen here.

Faat Kiné tells the story of a single, independent mother of two, and successful businesswoman. She raises her two children alone after the fathers ran away from their responsibilities. She faces pressures from people around her who find it problematic for a woman, especially a mother like her to remain unmarried: even her children try to set up dates for her.

Xala is about a man of influence who decides to take a third wife. During the wedding night, he is unable to consume the  marriage and decides to seek the aid of marabouts as he believes that he’s the victim of a curse to make him impotent (at first, he suspects his two wives). He also faces problems in his professional life and starts to lose his “wealth” . Xala is an image to criticize the uselessness of African leaders who look up to the former colonial powers even years after independences.

Guelwaar is a story of a man who opposes French colonialism and its remains, firmly believing that issues such as corruption faced by the people of Senegal come directly from their willingness to accept foreign aid. He dies one day and at the time of his funeral, his family finds out that his body has disappeared. They later find out that Guelwaar’s body was accidentally buried in a Muslim cemetery which causes troubles as Guelwaar was Catholic and they want his body to give him a proper burial.

Thiaroye Camp is based on the true story of the Thiaroye massacre during which soldiers and prisoners of war from francophone west and central Africa were killed by French officers after they asked for their compensations and complained about the discrimination they face. They served alongside the French army during the War of Liberation and the rights they were promised to them were later denied. It was censored in Senegal and was banned in France for several years.

La Noire de…tells the story of a Senegalese woman who moves to France to work as a maid for a family that exploits her. She works overtime, has to do everything her employers desire and is isolated. She becomes so desperate that one day she decides to pack her bags to escape but she “opts” for suicide, at the last time.

Moolaade depicts a village that becomes divided after a group of girls flee a female genital mutilation ceremony to seek refuge in the house of Collé Ardo, a woman who managed to save her own daughter from the practice. Collé efforts to protect young girls from mutilation and her overall stance against FGM pit her against the villagers.

Borom Sarret is a horse cart driver in Dakar. He expects to be paid for his services in order to support himself but he isn’t vocal about it and most people can’t afford to pay him anyway, as they are in the same situation.