Lionheart all in all is a good film- I would not stop anyone from seeing it. It does, however, suffer from a leaning towards the safe which ultimately leaves the film somewhat flat, with the characters underdeveloped. The humor sprinkled throughout the film keeps it light and interesting, and the acting is certainly believable. It is the kind of film one would watch with family on a lazy Sunday afternoon, reveling in its quietness.
Iara Lee’s 2017 documentary, Burkinabè Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso did a great job at providing much needed background and context to the 2015 revolution that was led by the youth and fueled by the spirit of Thomas Sankara. The film surveyed the various facets of the culture of resistance in Burkina... Continue Reading →
What Mali Blues achieves as a film is a vivid exposition of the musical landscape of Mali. By following each of the four subjects, the film, brings you the past and the present sounds in all its rich diversity.
On Amil Shivji’s documentary film, Wahenga, we are privy to a series of conversations between old musician, their memories of the past and their quest to revive a fading musical tradition by becoming the ancestors.
Kwaw Ansah's seminal film, Heritage Africa, is three decades old this year. eight years before the making of Heritage Africa, in 1980, the ghanaian filmmaker had released what turned out to be a landmark production in postcolonial african cinema - his debut feature film, Love Brewed in an African Pot. Love Brewed… is a story... Continue Reading →
The film, released in September 2018, follows two young men as they attempt to survive the relentless tirade of trauma that can be Accra, Ghana’s capital and in the process, provide a polarized lens to examine millennial lifestyle and culture through honest and direct depiction of varied lived experiences.
'Tanzania Transit' may be one of my favorite films of 2018. Aside from the bonus of this documentary gifting me my first onscreen feel of Tanzania, it’s a train movie somewhat in the mold of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s 'Snowpiercer'. Of course, 'Tanzania Transit' is not a dystopian quasi-satirical thriller like Joon-ho’s film but they share... Continue Reading →
The giant fell. Today’s viewers of the 2016 South African documentary The Giant is Falling will be aware of this. Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President in February 2018 after unrelenting pressure from various citizen and political movements. However, with the benefit of hindsight/foresight, ‘The Giant is Falling’ plays like a cautionary tale warning that the giant only fell. It wasn’t slain.
With The Poets, you do not necessarily have to be a fan of African literature or intimately know the lines of the poets to hitch a ride on the freewheeling sequence of bliss and wisdom that is this film. By teaching us to appreciate the friendship that the pair have cultivated, the film helps us to understand and respect their sacred roles as poets. We are then able to listen to their wisdom and keep questioning life.