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British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor gets personal with the BBC as he discusses why and how he got involved in the screen adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’.

You’ll also get to hear clips from the film and Ejiofor’s experience of shooting a film in Nigeria.

Read The Guardian’s review of the film.

Watch here: Nigerian filmmaker Shola Amoo releases futuristic short film ‘Touch’.

When love is forbidden, how much will you sacrifice to feel the things you know are real to you?

Released in 2005, “Sometimes in April” is an Idris Elba-starring made-for-television film that tells story of the 1994 Rwandan genocide through the lives of two brothers on opposing sides of the conflict.

The film was directed by Raoul Peck, who also developed the screenplay. Peck is an award-winning Haitian filmmaker who also brought to life the story of Congo’s Patrice Lumumba first in the 1990 documentary “Lumumba: La mort d’un prophete”, and later in “Lumumba”, a feature film biopic.

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LONDON EVENT: FILM SCREENING - ‘Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me’.

Film Summary: South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990.

In a personal odyssey encompassing an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, activists, intellectuals, and artists, Matabane questions the meaning of freedom, reconciliation and forgiveness—and challenges Mandela’s legacy in today’s world of conflict and inequality.

The film juxtaposes Matabane’s inner quest for coherence with the opinions of people who both knew Mandela and those whose political perspectives were shaped by him. Matabane weighs equally the words of his subjects, leading us to question these concepts as well.

Awards: Special Jury Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2013.

Event Details:

March 21, 2014
6:30 PM / Ritzy Brixton
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Khalo Matabane
Presented with: Sheffield Doc/Fest, sheffdocfest.com
March 22, 2014
4:00 PM / Curzon Soho
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Khalo Matabane
Presented with: Sheffield Doc/Fest, sheffdocfest.com

Hopefully this is the beginning of many more great things to come for Lupita Nyong’o.

The cast of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave on stage after their film had won the ‘Best Picture’ award at the Oscars.

In the Academy’s 86 year history, 12 Years a Slave is the first film by a black director to win this award.

The film also took home the award for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’, won by John Ridley.

Director Steve McQueen dedicated this win to “all the people who have endured slavery and 21 million people who still suffer slavery today”.

(via redreznikv)

I got no comfort in this life. If I can’t buy mercy from yah, I’ll beg it.

Would Nyong’o be on Hollywood’s radar at all if not for her discovery by Steve McQueen, an Afro-British director of Trinidadian and Grenadian descent? To be more blunt: Would an American director have felt comfortable casting a woman of Nyong’o’s hue as the leading lady of a major Hollywood film? A quick look back at film history and a discussion with an expert on skin color in American culture indicates that this is unlikely.

For starters, there has never been a black actress of Nyong’o’s ebony skin tone to ascend to Hollywood A-list status. And among those black actresses who have succeeded in Hollywood with deeper skin tones, like Grace Jones, they have not been positioned as leading ladies or, more specifically, objects of affection. Those roles have been concentrated among fairer actresses and those with more traditionally Eurocentric features, including Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Pam Grier, Shari Belafonte, Rae Dawn Chong, Cynda Williams, Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Thandie Newton, Zoe Saldana, Rashida Jones and Paula Patton—a number of whom also identify as biracial or multiracial. On the small screen, at least, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington have enjoyed recent breakthroughs, but while neither woman is fair-skinned, they might not always be described as dark, either.


Had an American been at the helm of 12 Years a Slave, it seems unlikely that Nyong’o or someone who looks like her would have been cast.

Writer Keli Goff at The Root states, “If Afro-Brit Steve McQueen hadn’t made the Oscar-nominated film, a lighter-skinned actress might have been cast in the role of Patsey.”

Read more from her op-ed titeld “Why an African-American Director Wouldn’t Have Cast Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave.

DOCUMENTARY: “Fantastic Man” - A Film About William Onyeabor.

From Lagos to London, New York to Enugu, music connoisseurs, industry insiders and intrigued individuals try to unravel the mystery of just who Nigerian pioneering musician William Onyeabor is. 

A fantastic documentary, about a “fantastic man”.

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Apply Now: Applications for Talents Durban Are Now Open!

This year’s theme for Berlinale Talents Durban (formerly Talent Campus Durban) is titled ‘Continent of Contrasts / de Contrastes’ in tribute to the godfather of African cinema, Djibril Diop Mambéty, and his seminal first film Contras’ City (City of Contrast). Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the film, the 7th Berlinale Talents Durban will bring filmmakers from across the continent to draw inspiration from Africa’s long tradition of story-telling.

Providing a counterpoint to the stereotypical and homogeneous narrative that is so often used to describe Africa, this year’s edition of Berlinale Talents Durban highlights the fact that the continent is home to a remarkable diversity of cultures and narratives. The 7th edition of Berlinale Talents Durban aims not only to highlight the stories of Africa, but also to contribute to a culture of Africans telling their own stories by nurturing the growth of African filmmakers.

Through an intensive programme of seminars, workshops and industry networking activities, the continent’s emerging film content creators are assisted in catalyzing their careers and forging relationships with their global counterparts. Further, participants of the programme have access to the Durban International Film Festival’s screenings and networking functions attended by a rich selection of African film professionals. 


For queries please mail both talentsdurban@gmail.com and talent@ukzn.ac.za

On My Radar: Film - “Coach Zoran and his African Tigers”.

Despite my qualms with the title of the film (why couldn’t they have referred to them more specifically as ‘South Sudanese’ and not simply ‘African’?), after watching this trailer, I am highly intrigued by the premise of this film.

On the surface, this 2013-made film by director Sam Benstead documents a year in the life of a group of young men from South Sudan hand-picked to represent their newly independent country at their first international game, and eventually the country’s first major football tournament, and their often conflicted relationship with their overzealous Serbian coach, Zoran Djordjevic. Larger than that, the film brings to light multiple layers of stories surrounding the birth of a new nation - from the harsh realities of the world of international sports, to the always incredible nature of man’s spirit of endurance, even when misinterpreted. 

Watch an excerpt from the film here

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The best thing about the NAACP Image Awards last night? Idris Elba’s selfies!

Kids reenact the Best Picture nominees for this year’s Academy Awards including Captain Phillips, for which Barkhad Abdi is nominated for, and 12 Years a Slave, with two top nominations for actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o.

Epic BAFTA selfies starring Barkhad Abdi, Riz Ahmed and Tom Hanks!