African Cinema, Film Reviews

GOLD COAST LOUNGE offers fleeting pleasures despite an undercooked and bloated script

Is Afro-noir going to be a thing after ‘Gold Coast Lounge’, the latest cinematic offering from writer-director Pascal Aka? Film noir serves as the obvious inspiration for this post-independence crime flick which is rife with distracting anachronisms brought on by budget constraints and drab archetypes given life by an undercooked screenplay. Whilst the aesthetic and… Continue reading GOLD COAST LOUNGE offers fleeting pleasures despite an undercooked and bloated script

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Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS is a textured supernatural mystery about love and longing

It’s unfair the amount of baggage I took to 'Atlantics', French-Senegalese director Mati Diop debut feature. This film has already appeared in some best of 2019 lists after winning the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where Diop, became the first black woman director to be in contention for the Cannes Film Festival's… Continue reading Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS is a textured supernatural mystery about love and longing

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Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

“Long live victory! Long live France!” These the first words we hear blurted out in Ousmane Sembène’s revisionist recount of the tragic massacre of mostly Senegalese soldiers at the eponymous Camp at Thiaroye on November 30, 1944, upon orders from French officials. It’s the first detail the sets the tone for a film that aggressively… Continue reading Sembène shed a light on the massacre France refused to recognise in CAMP DE THIAROYE

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Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

Over 60 years on from the onset of independence, the stench of colonisation still emanates from various facets of Africa’s being. Colonialism manifested in complex social constructions that are both universal and unique. The tagging of indigenous traditions as anathemas, the detachment or forced blending of peoples, the exploitation of our land and its glorious… Continue reading Like much of Ghanaian society, our cinema is still swayed by the colonial tide

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BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

The minds behind ‘Boys No Dey Cry’, a short film that made a mark with some men because of its theme of toxic masculinity, did not set out to be a 12-minute therapy session. They only sought to start “an uncomfortable conversation.” ‘Boys No Dey Cry’ tells the story of Joojo (Papa Osei Akoto), a… Continue reading BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men

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BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana

It only took 12 minutes for Albert Donkor to construct the most vivid portrait of Ghanaian society in a good while. Very textured and brimming with empathy, this story by JoeWackle Kusi and Ricky Ansong, is a tacit critique of a dysfunctional society that has failed on the political, religious and familial front. ‘Boys No… Continue reading BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana

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FINYE – Oppression lies behind every corner in Souleymane Cissé’s jagged allegory

Souleymane Cissé never strays far from the essence of African cinema in his 1982 film 'Finye'. A spirit of rebellion is the connective tissue that holds the various layers of the portrait of urban Mali he constructed in his third feature. That spine of resistance is all we have to hold 'Finye’s' clunky narrative together.… Continue reading FINYE – Oppression lies behind every corner in Souleymane Cissé’s jagged allegory

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THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics

A sense of self-preservation unites the central characters in Adekunle Nodash Adejuyigbe’s thriller ‘The Delivery Boy.’ A Muslim extremist youth with a burning blood lust is being hounded by a mob. Nearby, a sex worker emerges triumphant after a scuffle over her pay. But she soon takes flight, moving as fast as her pumps will… Continue reading THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics

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Ejiofor crafts an altar to science and resistance in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

“Democracy is like imported cassava. It rots quickly.” This sentiment nods to the underlying decay that forms the poignant subtext of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s feature debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’. Based on a true story, Ejiofor’s project, as expected, does what it says on the can, serving bouts of inspiration and dignity but there… Continue reading Ejiofor crafts an altar to science and resistance in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

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THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film

Probably the most captivating piece of Ghanaian cinema since Kwaw Ansah was is in his prime is heading for Netflix. Blitz 'The Ambassador' Bazawule's 'The Burial of Kojo' has been acquired by Ava Duvernay's production company ARRAY (Array Releasing) for distribution and will hit start streaming on March 31. This marks the 22nd acquisition for… Continue reading THE BURIAL OF KOJO heading to Netflix; Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY acquires Blitz Bazawule’s debut film