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.
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.
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 →