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

THIS LAND – A documentary affirming the value of land for South Africans

A review I contributed to Dandano late in 2017… The 2017 documentary, This Land, directed by Miki Redelinghuys narrows in on the people of Makhasaneni in KwaZulu-Natal and their struggle to overcome governmental neglect, a corrupt traditional hierarchy and the threat of corporate interests. During apartheid, the family and forbearers of the indigenes we spend time… Read More THIS LAND – A documentary affirming the value of land for South Africans

HYENAS – Mambety’s prescient portrait of faux morals in a decaying society

Hyenas (Hyènes) is the story of a wealthy woman’s return to her penurious hometown after decades away. The idea of her homecoming is a vignette Africa is well aware of. Her riches are enticing and her people are swelling with optimism. But reprieve is to come at a high price for this community. She offers… Read More HYENAS – Mambety’s prescient portrait of faux morals in a decaying society

THE TRIBUNAL – Maybe it is time to give up on the Kunle Afolayan stock

Where to start with The Tribunal; the bad writing or bad lawyering? I guess one is a function of the other in what is definitely the worst Kunle Afolayan film I’ve seen. The Tribunal has left me fearing the stock I bought in Afolayan, after 2015’s October 1 is maturing into fools’ gold. The films since… Read More THE TRIBUNAL – Maybe it is time to give up on the Kunle Afolayan stock