I received a few emails from folks who wanted to know how they could see this series of films, given that they haven’t been widely-accessible to interested audiences, despite traveling the international film festival tour over the past year. But I understand that we don’t all live in cities in which there are film festivals interested in a short film series like this one. I live in New York, and I haven’t even seen them all.
Those who are interested should be aware that you can actually purchase the entire series on DVD right now, available via the Goethe-Institut, the organization responsible for the series’ existence.
First a quick recap… in short, “African Metropolis,” the initiative selected from among 40 entries, 7 African directors, who each explore their own “African Metropolis” on film – Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.
The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa, with further support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria is also a partner.
The series world premiered at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), and have been touring the international film festival circuit since then – and still continue to travel.
Cairo: “The Cave,” directed by Ahmed Ghoneimy.
Adham, a young lad from Alexandria travels to Cairo to pursue his musical career and rebound with his old friend, Amr, a member of his former band who has since attempted to settle his life.
Ten men in a taxi, strangers to each other, head to an unusual line up, where they must strip and subject themselves to blindfolds and inspection by a mysterious woman and her charge. Only seven go home that night, big money in their pockets. But what of the other three? The ritual is replayed again and again, and the attrition continues. For one man the rumours of how much ‘the chosen’ make spurs him on – he is desperate for the money to pay for a child’s operation. But what is price of being chosen? Iwajomo’s spooky, disturbing film confronts the perils of the poverty trap and the abuse of the desperate, in an allegory for the exploited.
Nairobi: “Homecoming,” directed by Jim Chuchu.
Nothing is quite what it seems as a nerdy voyeur turns fiction into truth and the mundane into the unexpected in his quest to get the proverbial girl next door. Earth is about to be pulverised by a meteor – or is it? – and it is the ideal opportunity to finally make known his unspoken desires – and be a knight on the proverbial white steed. But a mysterious stranger stands in the way of his happiness. Will he overcome mass extinction and his own timidity and get the girl? A fun, warm, light-hearted look at obsession and the desire to be seen.
Below, watch a profile of the series. via Ndanit TV: