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.
Beyond nostalgia, Africa Film Society is brewing a vibrant community of film enthusiasts at an intriguing period in African cinematic history
Burkinabé Rising is definitely worth the viewing as it might be the broadest showcase of Burkina Faso’s arts and culture catalogue in one sitting. Iara Lee manages to pack the political history and social condition of the people into the film whilst defining the characteristic of the art fuelled culture of resistance in the state.
Whether you’re completing the edits on your debut short film or looking for a new audience for your student documentary, the following African film festivals are good places you should consider sending your work too.
Captivated by the kung-fu masters in the movies, a young Gabonese sets off for China to learn the sacred art. Years later, in 1985, he becomes the Shaolin Temple’s very first Black master.
The 2017 documentary, This Land, directed by Miki Redelinghuys narrows in on the people of Makhasaneni in KwaZulu-Natal and their struggle to overcome governmental neglect, a corrupt traditional hierarchy and the threat of corporate interests. During apartheid, the family and forbearers of the indigenes we spend time with were forced off their land at the expense... Continue Reading →
Glitter, feathers and bright-coloured wigs. On a small Cape Verdean island, Tchinda helps her community prepare for Carnival. Directed by Marc Serena and Pablo García Perez de Lara, this 2016 feature length documentary is both a portrait of the eclectic Tchinda Andrade—one of the island’s first and most beloved transgender women— as well as a... Continue Reading →