Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Africa and the African Diaspora

  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Africa in Sundance: An African Election and Kinyarwanda

    Two films in Sundance show Africa from the inside which is rare in these days when we are seeing events unfold in Africa from a Western point of view in the Sudan and the Ivory Coast. An African Election, directed by Jarreth Merz and playing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition after its IDFA premiere is a political documentary that exposes the never-before-seen, nitty-gritty of political electioneering in Africa.It captures the intrigues of political campaigns; the almost carnival like atmosphere that is laced with fear of the unknown and the danger that lurks behind-the-scenes. As the opponents face off in this 2008 election in Ghan...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    2 comments
    tweet
    0

    Global Girls Go Sundance

    The beloved Global Girls are at Sundance running around interviewing and plying their powers as "minority women" journalists and media pros...both of these teenage girls were trained during the World Cup, Lungile Buhale in Soweto (yes, she flew all the way to Utah on the plane for the first time and will be spending 6 more days in L.A.) and Jessica Cueva from East LA and a student at Santa Monica Community College. They have interviewed Robert Redford, Danny Glover (about his Black Power Mixtapes), Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Newsome (Miss Representation). Geena Davis, Tiffany Schlain (about Connected and Yelp), the producer of Project Nim and a...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    2 comments
    tweet
    3

    The Myth of Nollywood and the Rise of Nigerian Cinema

    By Rob Aft, Guest Blogger Rob H. Aft is President of Compliance Consulting, an LA-based firm specialized in international film finance, banking and distribution management. He works closely with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization and has spoken at conferences for them in Nigeria, Indonesia, Jamaica, Thailand and Mexico.Nigeria should be proud of the quality of their new crop of theatrical filmmakers. I have visited Nigeria as a guest of their film community several times and maintain close contact with many of the practitioners there. The Nigerian film industry is moving past Nollywood. Nigerian filmmakers are currently pro...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Africa in Film: African Screens

    The best blog on African films might be African Screens . African Screens is an Online Magazine run by two editors - Chinaka Iwunze and Don Omope.

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Africa in Film: White Wedding

    There are not many films released in the U.S. from Africa and White Wedding is a delicious romp around South Africa, a road trip from Johannesburg to Durban, a mix and match of races and nationalities. Jann Turner ♀, a white female director whose anti-apartheid father was killed in front of her, makes movies with her black partners that capture the humor and pain of today's South Africa.The Little Film Company, who brought the world the 2005 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film Tsotsi, is going to release the DVD/ VoD version on January 25 through Image Entertainment. Robbie Little and I have had long discussions about digital m...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Sundance's "Pariah" Seeks Help Through Kickstarter

    Help “Pariah” Get To Sundance! Dee Rees‘ feature film debut, Pariah, makes its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month. Now that the film is Sundance (the premiere film festival in these United States), the work has just begun. Every filmmaker's dream is that Sundance means smooth sailing from thereon. Its debut will make a splash, then it will get picked up for distribution after a big multimillion advance has been paid to the filmmaker, it will open on 3000 screens next year (or even in the top 25 markets), it win lots of acclaim. do well at the box office, and the filmmaker will sign a 3-picture deal with Sony Pictures ...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    More on African Cinema

    I have discovered a wonderful new blog on Africa for those of you interested in keeping up with the latest developments taking place in cinema there. African Screens' Don Omope describes it below.Don Omope

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    New Fund for African Film

    Discop Africa conference in Ghana in February will showcase many new developments in African Cinema. District 9 by Neill Blomkamp of So. Africa

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Sundance Film Festival Offers A Window on the World (with Contacts)

    Sundance's announcement yesterday of the 4 main categories plus Premieres - U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition -- is a mash of many cultures not only in "World" sections, but within the U.S. sections themselves. Consistent with my vision (and wish) to see world cultures enter the mainstream of independent features as I write about Africa (and its diaspora), Latino films, and about women filmmakers (♀), and Asia, a look at the Sundance lineup takes us beyond these cultures as they increasingly merge with one another. European cinema also looks healthy...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    1

    Africa and the Movies

    Today there is a great interest throughout the world in Africa. Its cinema is slowly entering the world's film markets and the festivals. In the U.S., though not made by Africans, still "of African interest", this week's release of Claire Denis's ♀White Material has garnered a strong review by Kenneth Turan in the L.A. Times.Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, "White Material" is an altogether stunning work. Directed by Claire Denis and starring Isabelle Huppert in a bravura performance as a woman confronting armed chaos in Africa, this is filmmaking that is at once exhilarating and chilling, powerful and powerfully disturbing. W...

    Read More »

Recent Posts


  • Watch: What's at the Heart of the Sadness ...Press Play
  • TOH!'s Top Ten Films of 2014 (Updat ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • How This Year's Pack of Holiday Openers ...Thompson on Hollywood