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On My Radar: Three African stories told through film at Sundance.

Difret

Seen from the perspective of a young female protagonist, Difret tells the story of young 14-year-old girl abducted into marriage who, in an effort to escape, ends up killing her kidnapper and would-be husband. Following this incident, a trial ensues as the fate of Hirut hangs in the balance.

The feature debut of Ethiopian filmmaker Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, the film is based on a true story that occurred in 1996.

Watch: An excerpt from Difret.

Fishing Without Nets

The topic of Somali piracy has been a hotly reported topic in Western media over the past few years. But as with most stories about Africa, the perspective from which it’s been told is often distorted, painting the pirates as scattered collectives of nonsensical rebels without a cause, leaving out much of the complexity of the situation. 

Watch an excerpt/short version of the film.

Finding Fela

If there’s one Nigerian artist whose consciousness has managed to transcend both time and culture, permeating the minds of Nigerians, Africans and the world at large, it is the man who claimed to not fear death - the iconic Fela Anikulapo Kuti. 

In Finding Fela, Academy Award-winningfilmmaker Alex Gabney tackles and dissects the professional career and personal life of the Afrobeat legend, bringing to life the controversial and contradictory life story of Nigeria’s most well-known musician.

Watch: Finding Fela at Sundance.

Hopefully these films will be made accessible to those of us on the continent!

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All Africa, All the time.

Documentary: “Lagos in the Red”.

Made by Danish filmmakers Lotte Løvholm, Karen Andersen & Nanna Nielsen, Lagos in the Red follows Nigerian performance artist Jelili Atiku. Atiku uses his body as a prop as a means of sensitizing people to the problems that Nigeria - both as a people and a country - face. 

This documentary particularly focuses on his performance ‘Red Light’ which he performs in Ejigbo, the neighborhood he was born and raised in. The color red in his performance symbolizes ‘life, violence, energy and the essence of human life”.

Once a fine arts student, Atiku is an art teacher in Lagos who stresses the importance of are as a symbolic tool, far above monetary value, used to communicate one’s emotions, preserve culture and history, as well as raising consciousness among people - especially in a country like Nigeria.

Related post: “Why don’t South Africans like performance art?

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MORNING MUSIC: Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba.

It’s never to late to say congratulations! Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African a capella group won their fourth Grammy at this year’s ceremony held this past weekend. 

The collective took home the award for ‘Best World Album’ for ‘Live: Singing for Peace around the World’, an award they shared with French flamenco group Gipsy Kings.

Founded by lead singer Joseph Tshabalala, the all-male choral group has been making music since the 1960s. Singing in the Zulu vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube, the group first gained worldwide prominence after collaborating with US artist Paul Simon on his hit album Graceland in 1986.

They received their first Grammy nomination in 1988 and, altogether, have been up for a Grammy a total of 13 times. The group have also been nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy for their short documentary film On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.

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All Africa, All the Time.

Currently Watching: ”We Have To Free Our Imaginations”

"We Have To Free Our Imaginations" is Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina’s  a six-part series in which speaks on “the fear of imagination”. In it, Wainaina speaks on the need to decolonize our educational frameworks in Africa, the boundaries and limitations we enforce on each other through stigma, ignorance and even policy, globalisation, and the importance of ‘madness’.

Watch the entire series above (YouTube playlist).

Supermodel Iman Abdulmajid’s eponymous make up label IMAN Cosmetics has launched a free app to support its range of products.

Dedicated to helping women of colour find products for their skin tone, this app includes a feature that allows you to take a photograph of your face to find your perfect foundation.

Here, beauty blogger CharisseChristine23 demonstrates how to use the app for this purpose and the results seem pretty awesome.

Watching the “The Last Battle” was not easy. Not simply because it is the telling of actual events, that are still ongoing, that were horrific in nature, but because this gross miscarriage in justice reveals the brutal extent that man’s inhumanity to man can - and has - manifested itself through the that is coloniliasm.

This fight for justice in the ways in which the victims define it lays out a fact that so many of us are aware of - colonialism never really ended, and for as long as we stay silent about our pain, or silence those who still bear the marks of this gruesome period in our history, we malignantly assist those who are responsible for this in leaving the scars of the victims forcibly open and lacing them with the salt of inhumanity and immorality.

Filmed on two continents over four years, The Last Battle traces the story of a small group of elderly Kenyans in their successful fight to win acknowledgement of the abuses suffered at the hands of the British colonial authorities at the height of the 1950s Mau Mau emergency. 
With intimate and disturbing interviews, observational footage, photographs and archive, this revelatory and compelling documentary follows the legal case in London and lays bare a history that was deliberately hidden, allowing the central protagonists to tell the world, for the first time, their stories and what happened to them.
- Kevin Kriedemann

tw: mentions of torture, violence.

In filmmaker Karim Zoubir’s documentary for Al Jazeera’s Witness segment, we meet Casablanca-based divorced single mother and camerawoman Khadija. Although her family do not approve of Khadija’s profession as a wedding videographer as it keeps her away ‘til very later hours at night, she is the main breadwinner amongst them (she lives her parents, her brothers and her sister).

The realities of Khadija’s everyday life and unconventional profession, given the context of her environment, are so well captured in this near-50 minute peek inside of her world. From interactions with her closest friends and family, to potential clients and business partners.

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How to make “Red Red” Beans Stew

A guide to makeing the Ghanaian classic “red red”, using Pepper and Stew’s Egusi Stew Sauce by Pepperandstew.

The Backstory: Lupita Nyong’o” for Vogue Magazine.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o speaks about the pivotal moment in her life when she decided to become an actress, her early acting experience on the set of The Constant Gardener, her acting education and first film on albinism in Kenya, and her role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

(via studioafrica)

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Kwadwo Ani speaks to Bureau Africa TV about his art and what it means to be an artist in Ghana. We can’t help but love his manner of speaking and ways in which he unpacks his work.

(via ghanailoveyou)

For Xhosa boys, their ceremonial transition to manhood - a process known as Ukwaluka - includes traditional circumcision. It is a time honoured ritual woven deep into the fabric of their society.

In this documentary,Ndiyindoda: I am a man, Al Jazeera looks at the history behind this sacred tradition and the controversies surrounding this practice in South Africa today.

(tw: mention of surgical practices)

In Al Jazeera’s newly launched 3-part documentary series ‘Black France’, the relationship between one of the most dominant European colonial forces in Africa and the Caribbean, and the political and social dynamics of its former colonies and their citizens is explored to tell the story of black people in France and the country’s history of ‘segregation, racism, protest, violence, culture and community building - from the turn of the 20th century until the present day’.

Beginning in the mid-1500s, and following in the footsteps of the larger and more dominant British Empire, France began to colonize foreign territories starting with North America’s Gaspe Bay in what is today Canada. For centuries France would continue to expand its colonial reach building an empire that spanned across various regions in North America, the Carribbean, South America, Africa and Asia. It would not be until 1980 with the independence of Vanuatu that the French Empire would officially be disbanded worldwide.

Today, France is home to one of Europe’s black communities, mostly of African and/or Caribbean descent - a direct result of the country’s relationship with its colonial territories in these regions.

'Conflicting Identities', the first episode in the trilogy, explores the duality and complexes of what it means to be 'both black and French in the decades before France’s African colonies achieved independence' during the latter part of the 18th century, beginning with the fight for equality for France's black community to the experiences of black people in early 20th century France including both World Wars and the Great Depression.

Interestingly, the particularities of France’s differing and hierarchical relationship between it’s ‘colonial subjects’, with Africans being treated as the most inferior, are also brought to light. Where African-American individuals and culture were celebrated and marveled at with great interest - a perverse fascination of sorts, and where individuals of Caribbean territories were given French citizenship - but not full equality, Africans were mostly denied such privileges and were dehumanized and stigmatized as backward black savages.

Regardless of the differing treatment of black people from various parts of the world, racism was always the underlying factor in France’s social and political approach to black people, seeing them as inferior and ‘the other’ - a view that in some ways still has not changed.

[English & French w/ French subtitles]

DOCUMENTARY: ‘Ever Young’ - James Barnor

Narrated by the photographer himself and accompanied by a range of his work - from studio portraits in Accra and his documentation of Ghanain boxing champion Roy Ankrah’s personal life, to his work for DRUM Magazine shooting fashion photography in London, England, this short but intimate documentary details the birth and life of Barnor’s ‘Ever Young’ photo studio, situated in a pivotal area of Ghana’s capital city during a time when Ghana’s anti-colonial socio-polotical consciousness was rising, and his move from his country of birth to the United Kingdom.

"I had wanted to do a lot of things like being a farmer, being a teacher - so many things, but I don’t regret doing photography." - James Barnor.

September: Highlighting African Photographers

WOMEN’S MONTH ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Zimbabwean filmmaker Tapiwa Chipfupa has been living in exile in neighbouring South Africa since 2006, far away from her family and her birthplace. Born three years before Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, from early on in her life Chipfupa has had to deal with the grief of being separated from those she loves most. As time progressed and as the redistribution of land in the country became a polarizing source of antagonism in the country, bringing on social and political turmoil in Zimbabwe, Chipfupa’s family as she knew it slowly began to disintegrate. Since the early 2000s, with the members of her family spread out across the globe, the harsh realities of immigration laws have kept, and continue to keep, her and her family apart from each other for over a decade, reinforcing the burden of pain her family is forced to carry from the past into the present.

Making her return to Zimbabwe after seven years away, this autobiographical film, The Bag on My Back, traces the personal pain and suffering of a woman whose life was turned upside down by the rippling political policies of a leader and a government who once promised reform and prosperity to many, tied mostly to the question of land reform in the country, that is yet to be realized in the lives of families like Chipfupa’s.

Tapiwa’s Chipfupa’s story mirrors the lives of many African immigrants and migrant workers around the world who, for reasons usually related to political, social and economic turmoil in their home countries, have been forced to relocate to other parts of the world in search of greener pastures - a struggle that, for many, carries with it a constant sense of grief, loss and longing.

"My family’s gradual decline and disintegration mirrored that of our country. My family left not because they wanted to or just because they could, but because the circumstances left them with no other choice." - Tapiwa Chipfupa

AUGUST: Highlighting African Women

After posting this video that speaks on the situation regarding slavery in Mauritania the film I Am Slave, which is based on the story of Mende Nazer's* early life, her capture and kidnap from her home in South Sudan's Nuba region, and her enslavement in Khartoum, Sudan and in London, England, working for Arab families, came to mind.

The entire film, starring Wunmi Mosaku as Malia, a fictional character whose life experiences mirror that of Nazer’s, can be watched above.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

*this links will take you to interviews with Nazer