BAMAKO puts the World Bank and IMF on trial as the soul of Africa withers on the margins

There are some uber aggressive didactics on display as Mauritanian-born Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako drags totems of neoliberalism; the World Bank and the IMF before a tribunal that is still going on till this day. The surrealism and idealism of the trial at the centre of 2006’s ‘Bamako’ waver between tedious and electric. But blinkContinue reading “BAMAKO puts the World Bank and IMF on trial as the soul of Africa withers on the margins”

The latest #ARRAYMatinee gives us another excuse to revisit THE BURIAL OF KOJO

Easily the most accomplished Ghanian film of the last decade and one of my favourites from 2019, Blitz Bazawule’s ‘The Burial of Kojo‘ will be screened as part of an #ARRAYMatinee Netflix watch party on Wednesday, May 13, at 8 PM or 1PM PST on Netflix. Bazawule, a Guggenheim and TED fellow, will Join theContinue reading “The latest #ARRAYMatinee gives us another excuse to revisit THE BURIAL OF KOJO”

Revisiting Sembene’s XALA and the generations of Africa betrayed by our inept elite

The lacerating guile of Ousmane Sembene and his utter contempt for the African elite-cum-politician remain the most appealing banner of his 1975 masterwork ‘Xala’. As its 45th-anniversary approaches, the only things that keep it from being a beat for beat reflection Africa’s contemporary reality are its allegorical and satirical packaging. For Sembene, faith in mostContinue reading “Revisiting Sembene’s XALA and the generations of Africa betrayed by our inept elite”