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), aContinue reading “BOYS NO DEY CRY: Behind the film hoping to start uncomfortable conversations among Ghanaian men”

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 NoContinue reading “BOYS NO DEY CRY – Tragedy and dysfunction colour this affecting portrait of modern Ghana”

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”

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 willContinue reading “THE DELIVERY BOY sports a flawed emotional core too embroiled in the trauma Olympics”

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 thereContinue reading “Ejiofor crafts an altar to science and resistance in THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND”

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

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood

The window to one’s soul is through the eyes, we are told time and time again. But sometimes the hands of a man can paint an accurate portrait of his essence as South African director Michael Matthews shows in his 2017 debut feature ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’. He does so in a manner that recalledContinue reading “FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES – Stimulating South African western with a great sense of mood”

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 standContinue reading “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 theContinue reading “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 filmContinue reading “THE BURIAL OF KOJO – Blitz Bazawule shows much more than promise in his lavish debut”