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

Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

When did Africans start to lose faith in Africa? How long did it take the buoyant flames of colonialism to be quenched by the decadence of the elite and an underestimation of neocolonialism? Probably in the mid-’60s, and judging by the golden age of Senegalese cinema, this sentiment became truly entrenched in the ‘70s; with… Read More Disillusion, apathy and dysfunction; TOUKI BOUKI’s foreshadowing of our existential cul de sac

TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

Djibril Diop Mambety envisions a fantastical world without consequences for his protagonists in his 1973 film, Touki Bouki. But there is an air of melancholy underpinning the narrative because the characters appear to be cogs in a cycle of nothingness. Mambety’s sometimes non-linear narrative coupled with peculiar editing and overly kinetic transitions point towards a… Read More TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action

One of the earliest sequences in 1977’s Ceddo involves a barter of men for goods. A man in this 18th-century Senegalese village with a rifle strapped on his shoulder, leads two men, presumably ceddo (outsiders) like a pair of antelopes, to a white trader who happens to barter in you regular stuff like yams, chickens, maize… Read More Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action

SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

The 2015 documentary, Sembene! is a welcome tribute to the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene. We spend a chunk of the film soaking in co-director (alongside Jason Silverman), Samba Gadjigo’s reverence for the Senegalese filmmaker as he recounts the impact of Sembene, decades before they eventually met. “When I was 14 I dreamed of… Read More SEMBENE! – The tragedy of African Cinema

FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI

Ousmane Sembène’s 1971 film, Emitai, is fueled by a spirit of resistance that resonates decades on. The fact it wasn’t released in Sembene’s home country of Senegal and censored in other francophone countries endorses the strength of its message in a time when colonialism was something more tangible than chapters in textbooks. The film narrows… Read More FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI

REACHING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

As cinephile cupping a flickering candle of hope for of an awakening of Ghanaian cinema, 2016 has basically been walk through a tart blizzard whipped up by the forces of mainstream GH cinema’s frivolity. But I look up in the horizon and see perhaps some easement in the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF). I… Read More REACHING FOR THE PROMISE OF THE BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL