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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.

‘Jongo’ makes global TV premiere on BET

Jongo is poised to make its South African TV debut on BET (DStv channel 129) on 15 February 2016 at 21h05.

The eight part series, produced by Johannesburg-based independent film studio, Motion Story, stars Pacou Mutombo. Mutombo plays Eli King, a young man who acquires incredible super powers after an alien crystal (left to him by his murdered miner father) is found in a cave at the Cradle of Humankind.

SA film chosen for Berlin International Film Festival

A South African film is set to make its world premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next week. The film, Shepherds and Butchers, is based on Chris Marnewicks book of the same name and tells a story that made headlines across South Africa in 1987.

Prison warder Leon Labuschagne, 19, was working in the Death Row cells at the Pretoria Maximum prison when he was accused of killing seven members of a Diepsloot karate team in an incident of road rage.

‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ Malian Music Documentary Is Headed To U.S. Theaters

The feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna Schwartz, follows a group of musicians in Mali in the wake of the 2012 jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. As explained in a synopsis for the film: “Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.”

Ethiopia: From Kenya With TV

The Kenyan company Nahoo LLC, officially launched its Ethiopian channel Nahoo Satellite TV at the Golden Tulip Hotel on January 14, 2016. The TV channel, operating on its Kenyan network will be piloted until February, said Kidus Dagnachew, CEO of Nahoo TV.

The agreement with its Ethiopian partner, Tuba Multimedia, was signed on November 15, after each did its own feasibility study.

This new Ethiopian channel has been developed based on Tuba's interest in exploiting its potential for journalism.

Mandela Mini-Series To Air Next Year

BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader.

Stephen Hill, the network’s chief programming executive, said Wednesday the six-hour “Madiba” series is being made with the cooperation of Mandela’s family.

BET moved into miniseries last year with “The Book of Negroes,” about a girl who grew up in Africa who was sold into slavery in America.
Source:  WNEM.com

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