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Jonah – A movie by Factory Fifteen

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Factory Fifteen are a UK based creative studio who work in architectural communication, narrative film, advertising and concept art.

Jonah (Photo: Factory Fifteen)

Jonah (Photo: Factory Fifteen)

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Non-Stop with Lupita Nyong’o and Liam Neeson is full of action

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Non-Stop’ is an upcoming American action film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy.

Lupita Nyong'o in Non-Stop (Photo: Myles Aronowitz)

Lupita Nyong'o in Non-Stop (Photo: Myles Aronowitz)

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Lucky

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Lucky’ is a movie that showcases a 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city… only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.

Lucky and Padma

Lucky and Padma

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Papa to premiere at the Pan African Film Festival

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Papa, a short film directed and written by Bambadjan Bamba, and starring Souléymane (he also co-produced it) will be premiering at the Pan African film festival on February 15, 2013.

Papa

Papa

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War Witch (Rebelle) to show at Tribeca Film Festival

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Some of you may have heard of  the Canadian film, ‘War Witch (Rebelle)’, which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Rachel Mwanza

Rachel Mwanza

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Viva Riva – An award-winning film from the Congo

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 12, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Viva Riva‘ is a raw look at modern Kinshasa, showing the sides we know, and the ones we might not be so aware of.  Riva (Patsha Bay) is a young man who has come back to town after being away for 10 years.  He is glad to be back and eager to spend the money that he has in his pocket.  Unfortunately the money belongs to his old boss in Angola who is in active pursuit of him. He goes to the club and is enamored by Nora (Manie Malone), the kept woman of a local gangster.

Determined to have her, he throws caution to the wind and pursues her.  His former boss is on his tail, leaving a trail of bodies and mayhem behind him. Nora’s boyfriend is also after Riva, determined to defend his honor.  Riva’s night starts to look more like a nightmare as he deals with all the people trying to find him.

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Johnny Mad Dog – from child to child soldier

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Johnny Mad Dog‘ is a film based on a book written by a Congolese writer, Emmanuel Dongala.  He draws on his experience in the Congolese crisis to tell the story about the forceful conscription of teenage boys and girls into the army as child soldiers. Director Jean-Stephene Sauvaire and assistant director, Samuel  T. Sherman, adapted the story to film with Mathieu Kassovitz as the producer.

Johnny Mad Dog

Johnny Mad Dog

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The First Grader – An inspiring story about a man’s quest for education

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

With all the shows that seem to glorify skipping school and playing the truant, it is heartening to see a film that celebrates a man’s quest to go to school. In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (played by veteran actor Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Oliver Litondo as Maruge in the classroom

Oliver Litondo as Maruge in the classroom

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‘Taharuki’ Brings Suspense to the NY African Film Festival

Written by Laura Adibe | April 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Set in Kenya amidst 2007-2008 post-election violence, ‘Taharuki’ screened earlier this month at  Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater as part the 2011 New York African Film Festival, a festival which bills itself as a “celebration of African arts and culture.”

Ekwa Msangi-Omari

Ekwa Msangi-Omari

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Imani – A moving look at three separate lives

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Imani is the story of three different people who are having to make decisions that are affected by their past and will affect their future. Directed by Caroline Kamya, it takes an in-depth look at the issues that face the three characters and the factors that influence their life decisions.  Contemporary music and local/traditional music are interwoven, forming a fitting backdrop for the characters’ experiences.  The story is written by Agnes Kamya who is a social anthropologist.

Imani Poster

Imani Poster

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Yogera – An African Movie Academy Award Film

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Yogera is a movie about a girl, Hope (Cleopatra Koheirwe), who is deaf and mute.   When her mother dies, she decides to run away from the countryside and go to the city to live with her twin sister, G.

Cleopatra Koheirwe as Hope

Cleopatra Koheirwe as Hope

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