South African film lays bare capital punishment trauma

Award-winning South African film Shepherds and Butchers is to premiere in South Africa "around September", says producer Anant Singh.

Shepherds and Butchers, an adaptation of a novel by South African lawyer-turned-author Chris Marnewick, was placed third in the Panorama Audience Award for Fiction Films at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this month. That is a first for a South African film.

SA documentary premieres in New York

The South African documentary Lost Tongue is set to premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York as a ‘surprise’ film. The festival is set to take place between 14 and 21 March.

Only ten documentaries from around the world are playing at the festival and Lost Tongue is one of two selected from Africa. Announcing the selection of the film to its producers this week, the festival committee said the film would be the ‘surprise’ for audiences.

Zimbabwe & Ghana students shine at DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Zimbabwean student Mallon Marume scooped the first prize for artistic creativity this year’s DStv Eutelsat Star Awards announced Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The awards celebrated rising student interest in science and technology on the continent. The awards are organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat, a satellite company providing both TV and Internet connectivity.

Marume will visit Eutelsat in Paris to understand how satellites are operated and piloted in space. This is a consecutive win for Zimbabwe as Joseph Mahiya won top honours in the essay category last year.

African and European cities simultaneously co-host the African Film Festival-FCAT

After having celebrated the last four editions in Cordoba, the African Film Festival-FCAT will hold its 13th edition in both Tarifa, Europe's southernmost city, and Tangiers in northern Morocco, thereby celebrating African cinema on both shores of the Straits of Gibraltar.
Africa and Europe, Tarifa and Tangiers, are only 11km apart, a mere 30 minute journey on one of fast ferries that crisscrosses the narrow sea between the two continents. In 2016 they will be brought even closer together thanks to this initiative.

2016 Pan African Film Festival offers visual diversity

As the rest of the entertainment capital remains embroiled in a discussion of the question of diversity and inclusion, the 2016 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to showcase an abundance of visual treats from every corner of the African diaspora.

Founder and executive director Ayuko Babu is justifiably excited about the 160 films in this, its 24th incarnation of the PAFF.

“We bring fresh, new stories from Black folks around the world every year,” says the activist and film aficionado, who shared just a few of the 160 offerings from the upcoming event.

Experience the Power of Ghanaian Cinema in Exclusive 'Nakom' Trailer

Ghana's historical first entry in the Berlin International Film Festival tells the story of ambition, honor an familial obligation.

As the first-ever Ghanaian film to be accepted into the Berlin International Film Festival, Kelly Daniela Norris and TW Pittman's "Nakom" surely has to be feeling the pressure.

2016 European Film Market Preview: 'Wùlu' - Pitched as a "Malian Scarface" - Gets Some Attention

Paris-based international sales and co-production company, Indie sales, is now repping a Malian crime thriller titled “Wùlu,” the feature directorial debut from Malian-French filmmaker, Daouda Coulibaly.

The words "Malian crime thriller" aren't exactly words you hear/read together often.

WGSA Muse Awards announces 2016 Nominees

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) takes great pleasure in announcing the nominees for the third annual WGSA Muse Awards. Performance writers in film, television, radio, stage, and new media will gather at the Soweto Theatre on the 2nd of April 2016, to recognise and celebrate the integral role played by their peers in the South African entertainment industry.

Jihadi film that sparked censorship row in France released with 18 certificate

A French documentary about life among jihadi groups in Africa and the Middle East, which sparked a row over censorship, has been given an 18 certificate.

The rare move to give a French documentary an adult certificate came as the film, Salafistes, was released in cinemas in Paris after a debate about whether or not it should be banned.

The directors, François Margolin and Lemine Ould M Salem, said their aim was to show the reality of life in jihadi-controlled areas under sharia law as well as the ideology of radical Salafism.

Westgate Attack Movie To Be Filmed In South Africa, Here’s Why Kenya Was Overlooked

On a scale of one to ten, Kenya seems to be closer to one than it is to ten as one of Africa’s prime filming destinations.

South Africa on the other hand must be grinning by now as two major movies are set to be shot in the country. One a movie based honoring Kenyan anti-poaching hero Richard Leakey, starring Brad Pitt and produced and directed by his wife Angelina Jolie. The other movie is a new film inspired by the Westgate Mall siege, starring Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank.

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