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Alambamento – A tale of love, dowry, and reality

Written by Shirlene Brown | April 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

‘Alambamento’ is a film written and directed by Mário Bastos who was born and raised in Luanda.  This short film, set in the city of Luanda, tells the story of a young man, Matias, with the ‘simple’ dream of trying to stay with the person he loves. He goes to deliver his dowry to his fiancé’s father and is involved in an unexpected accident.  In this town, where chaos and peace, beauty and ugliness, corruption and honor meet, Matias will have to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

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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

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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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Native Sun – a musical journey of a young boy searching for his father

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Blitz the Ambassador is a very talented young man. Dedicated to making a change through intelligent, creative rap and music, he is now venturing into a new medium–film. His first endeavor, ‘Native Sun‘, is a story about a creative young boy who is searching for his father. Set in Ghana, the film attempts to “……capture the beauty, conflicts, and contradictions, of Ghana through the whimsical eyes of a young boy.” He wrote and co-directed the film. The executive producers were MoCADA, Judith Aidoo, and Janet Bazawule, and the co-director was Terence Nance. Cinematography is by Shawn Peters, and it is produced by James Bartlett.

Blitz the Ambassador

Blitz the Ambassador

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Soul Boy – A young boy must save his father’s soul

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 18, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Nairobi, Kenya. 14 year-old Abila (Samson Odhiambo) lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and delirious. Someone has stolen his soul, mumbles the father as he sits huddled in a corner. Abila is shocked and confused but wants to help his father and goes in search of a suitable cure.

Scene from Soul Boy

Scene from Soul Boy

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Chika Ike releases new calendar

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Nollywood actress, Chika Ike, has released a new calendar that is full of pictures of her dressed for different themes.

page from Chika Ike's calendar

page from Chika Ike's calendar

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Michael Ezuruonye – Nollywood’s Hearthrob

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Michael Ezuruonye is one of Nollywood’s leading men that has women swooning on sight.  Spotted at a gas station by Ruke Amata of the Amata Dynasty, he has gone on to build his name and cement his reputation as a solid actor. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Leading Role, at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009.

His big break came in the movie “Broken Marriage“, but it was his role in the movie, “Critical Decision“, that helped launch his career and make him famous nationally and internationally.  Fair Mike, as he is popularly known has acted in over 30 movies including “Endless Passion”, “Occultic Kingdom”, “Unforeseen”, “Ropes of Fate”, “Clash of Twins”, “Forest of Tears”, “Jealous Friend”, “Lost Mogul of the League”, “League of Gentlemen”, “Missing Child”, “Native Son”, “Prince of the Niger”, “Testimonies of Pain”, “Act of Faith”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Desire”, “Don’t Wanna Be a Player”, “Feel My Pain”, and “Beyond Reason.”

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Beyond The Ocean [Apres l'ocean] and other African Films in Maryland

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland is offering a wonderful array of beautiful films.    The 2011 New African Films Festival began on March 10 with a screening of  ‘The Athlete [Atletu]‘ which tells the powerful story of Abebe Bikila, who won the Olympic gold medal in 1960 while running barefoot.  Actor Rasselas Lakew co-wrote, directed and produced this film, and he does a great job of portraying Bikila.

Djédjé Apali (Otho)

Djédjé Apali (Otho)

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‘Outside The Law (Hors La Loi)’ – A movie about a fight for independence

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

With all the news that has been going on about the recent uprisings in Algeria, Egypt and Libya, we at Jamati Online thought it would be fitting to highlight a film that has flown under the radar, that showcases in great cinemagraphic form, the fight for independence in Algeria.

Roschdy Zem

Roschdy Zem

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‘Togetherness Supreme’ – championing the fight against tribalism

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 9, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Togetherness Supreme‘ is the the story of Kamau, an artist, Otieno, a hustler, and their shared love interest for Alice, a preachers daughter. All three live in Kibera, east Africa’s largest shantytown and home to a million people in Nairobi, Kenya. All three are from different tribes but are searching for tribal unity. The film follows these three characters in their quest for change in the community they live in. It highlights their fights, challenges and victories.  After the Kenyan presidential elections, Kibera is torn apart by conflicting tribal loyalties, as are the three characters. It features music from Juliani, Yunasi, A Boy Landlord, Onechot and others.

Togetherness Supreme poster

Togetherness Supreme poster

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Inale – An African musical fairytale

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 4, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Inale is an African fairytale set to music.  Produced by Jeta Amata, it tells the story of Inale, the beautiful daughter of the great King Oche, of the Idoma people in Idomaland, Nigeria. According to tradition, her beloved Odeh must win the wrestling tournament to win her hand in marriage. A stranger appears, who challenges not only the tradition of the village but the strength of Odeh and Inale’s true love. The story of how Odeh works to win his love’s hand-in-marriage back unfolds in this well-filmed movie.

Caroline Chikezie (BBC’s Footballer’s Wives, Aeon Flux, Eragon) is Inale and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Hotel Rwanda, Black Gold) is Odeh, Ini Edo (Battle for Pride, Darkest Day, League of Gentlemen) is Omada, Mbong Amata (Amazing Grace, Black Gold) is Keke, Dede Mabiaku (Black Gold) is King Oche.

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