SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

The 2015 documentary, Sembene! is a welcome tribute to the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene. We spend a chunk of the film soaking in co-director (alongside Jason Silverman), Samba Gadjigo’s reverence for the Senegalese filmmaker as he recounts the impact of Sembene, decades before they eventually met. “When I was 14 I dreamed ofContinue reading “SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema”

FILM REVIEW; KONG: SKULL ISLAND

This may be one of the few times my aversion to trailers may not have paid off. Happiness and satisfaction, as always, are functions of expectations. My baseline going into Kong: Skull Island was Peter Jackson’s King Kong which I can’t say I properly engaged, but damn, the sequences with the oversized spiders and scorpions andContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; KONG: SKULL ISLAND”

FILM REVIEW; LOGAN

James Mangold’s Logan presents to us a broken world with damaged people. The first line of film, “Fuck”, is blurted out with a sense of weariness that hovers over this world. It also lays the groundwork for a film that has been waiting 17 years for an R-rating. It doesn’t take long into the runningContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; LOGAN”

FILM REVIEW; KETEKE

Is it insensitive of me to wonder if the hidden subtitle for Keteke is: “testing the boundaries of a miscarriage”? A chunk of this film, directed by Peter Sedufia, features a heavily pregnant wife, climbing up hills in scorching heat, running through plains and carting absurdly bulky luggage when a feather would be deemed too heavy forContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; KETEKE”