LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

The Genevieve Nnaji-directed ‘Lionheart’ opens with the intersection of violence and the mundane I hope a Nigerian filmmaker tackles one day. The eponymous transport company, based in Enugu, is overrun by men demanding payment for helping fill seats in their buses. They troop in with a sense of entitlement roughing up workers as onlookers stand… Read More LIONHEART – Nnaji’s tidy debut is unlikely to outgrow its Netflix subplot

YEELEN – Souleymane Cissé leaves us spellbound with sublime visuals and staunch mysticism

I feel some guilt for simmering desire within for some major studio to announce a remake of Souleymane Cissé’s 1987 fantasy film ‘Yeelen’. After a second viewing, I was certain the backing of even a moderate budget will imbue the needed spectacle worthy of Cissé’s confident vision. Like most fantasy or sci-fi filmmakers from the… Read More YEELEN – Souleymane Cissé leaves us spellbound with sublime visuals and staunch mysticism

THE BURIAL OF KOJO – Blitz Bazawule shows much more than promise in his lavish debut

It’s not an exercise in hyperbole to say ‘The Burial of Kojo’ was my most anticipated film of the year. It goes without saying that the Ghanaianess of this production anchored this sentiment. But it’s also to do with being roped in behind the curtain as Writer-Director Samuel ‘Blitz’ Bazawule (Blitz the Ambassador) rallied film… Read More THE BURIAL OF KOJO – Blitz Bazawule shows much more than promise in his lavish debut

I AM NOT A WITCH – Nyoni’s debut sears the conscience of a toxic status quo

By the time I had sat through Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni’s debut film, ‘I Am Not a Witch’, there was a small cloud of guilt hovering over my head. It’s to do with how hilarious I found this film about ingrained misogyny and blatant human rights abuses. It’s really down to Nyoni’s clever approach; making… Read More I AM NOT A WITCH – Nyoni’s debut sears the conscience of a toxic status quo

BADLUCK JOE – This bloated romp really should’ve been all about Patapaa

I reckon there is an alternate version of Ramesh Jai’s ‘Badluck Joe’ loafing in the cloud. This unmade script is a deft satire about the cynical machinations and mafias that spawn around grief when the rights to oversee funeral rites are at stake, in addition to a juicy inheritance of course. This unmade version isn’t… Read More BADLUCK JOE – This bloated romp really should’ve been all about Patapaa

TANZANIA TRANSIT: A beautiful taste of an all too familiar foreign land

I originally penned this for a guest post on Dandano… enjoy. ‘Tanzania Transit’ may be one of my favourite films of 2018. Aside from the bonus of this documentary gifting me my first onscreen feel of Tanzania, it’s a train movie somewhat in the mould of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which I really loved. Of course,… Read More TANZANIA TRANSIT: A beautiful taste of an all too familiar foreign land

Foreshadowing the fall of Jacob Zuma in THE GIANT IS FALLING

I originally penned this for a guest post on Dandano… enjoy. The giant fell. Today’s viewers of the 2016 South African documentary The Giant is Falling will be aware of this. Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President in February 2018 after unrelenting pressure from various citizen and political movements. However, with the benefit of hindsight/foresight, the… Read More Foreshadowing the fall of Jacob Zuma in THE GIANT IS FALLING

BLACK GIRL – Sembene prods at the myth of decolonisation in his blueprint for African Cinema

To immerse yourself in Ousmane Sembene’s 1966 film, ‘Black Girl’ (La Noire de…) is to time-travel to ground zero of African Cinema. Sembene’s extremely lean but layered first feature film was the first by sub-Saharan African, earning him the mantle of the “father of African film”. Yes, there were films produced in Africa during the… Read More BLACK GIRL – Sembene prods at the myth of decolonisation in his blueprint for African Cinema

YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Every now and then, I come across a film operating outside the conventional constraints of the horror genre that leaves me in a state of distress. The anxiety served up in Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 film ‘Prisoners’ readily comes to mind. It made the idea of caring of caring for one’s kids a terrifying prospect evoking… Read More YESTERDAY – Life on the fringe in South Africa via the confluence of poverty and illness

Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa

The rambling below contains spoilers to Black Panther!!! Just how angry is Ryan Coogler, If he is at all? That’s been one of the questions on my mind having seen ‘Black Panther’. Marvel gave Coogler the keys to the Black Panther vehicle and he took them to the promised land, delivering an incredibly personal film, … Read More Black Panther and Ryan Coogler’s definition of Africa