As some of you may recall, a few months ago Chiwetel Ejiofor starred in a new
production of Aimé Césaire’s drama A Season in the Congo at The Young Vic in London.
And now in a series of short films, in a collaboration between the Young Vic and The Guardian newspaper, Ejiofor has written
and directed a just-completed short film Columbite
In just under 13 minutes, Ejiofor has created a truly
original and haunting film which, at first, seems to deal with two completely different
plotlines, but which come together in an incredibly powerful way.
As the Guardian describes it, it’s “a postcolonial parable about
the west’s hunger for African mineral wealth, and about Congo’s struggle to
come to terms with its past.”
However, this is not Ejiofor’s first venture into
directing. Back in 2008 he also wrote and directed a short film called Slapper, and this past summer Tambay reported
news of Ejiofor’s plans for making his feature film directing debut HERE.