Samba is a French comedy-drama that tells the story of an undocumented Senegalese immigrant threatened with deportation after living and working in Paris for a decade. The film, directed by French creative duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, stars César Award-winning actor Omar Sy as the eponymous Samba Cissé. The French actor of Mauritanian and Senegalese origin had previously worked with Nakache and Toledano on their 2011 drama The Intouchables.
Nollywood, a new documentary premiering on Al Jazeera English on Tuesday, 28 July 2015, is an inside look at Nigeria’s prolific film industry, which makes more films than Hollywood – 50 a week. Only India’s Bollywood makes more.
Among others, Nollywood interviews leading directors James Omokwe, Kunle Afolayan, Mildred Okwo, Obi Emelonye, Stanlee Ohikhuare, Tunde Kelani, and Udoka Oyeka, as well as acclaimed actors Bimbo Manuel, Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva, Kiki Omeili, Mercy Johnson, Olu Jacobs and Ramsey Nouah.
Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers can look forward to non-stop action on South Africa s only 24-hour outdoor lifestyle and adventure TV channel. Wild TV Africa, which is launching on Friday, 31 July 2015, on OpenView HD (Channel 153), promises exhilarating programming of world-class quality.
Discovery Communications-owned pay network TLC is launching a chat show for Arab women, its first local program for the Middle East, which marks a breakthrough of sorts. It will be shown across North African countries.
Hosted by Iraqi-American humanitarian, activist and reporter Zainab Salbi, “Nida’a,” which means “the calling” in Arabic, will launch in October across the Middle East and North Africa on TLC, on Dubai-based paybox OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV player.
The critically and commercially acclaimed swashbuckling adventure series Black Sails is set to take South African television by storm when it premieres on HISTORY, DStv channel 181, on Tuesday, August 18 at 21.20.
A prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s world-famous novel, Treasure Island, Black Sails is a gritty, adult drama set in the brutal and cut-throat golden age of 18th century piracy.
Following on from the success of 2014’s AfriDocs Film Festival on Your Screen, and once again in conjunction with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and DStv channel ED, AfriDocs is excited to present a full week of documentary films broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65).
One Rand Man, directed by Arcade Content's Rob Smith, won a Bronze in the Branded Content category at Cannes Lions this weekend, where it was also shortlisted for Integrated Campaign Led By PR and Promo & Activations. The five-part online documentary series follows a South African man living beyond his means, who gets his salary paid to him in one rand coins for one month to give himself and South Africa a new perspective on spending and saving.
Right from inception, ONTV has dedicated itself to offering Nigerians a different kind of television programming with its rich content. Combining drama, entertainment and sports, the channel aims at meeting its viewers’ expectations in their various sphere of need.The TV channel from the stables of Consolidated Media Associates (CMA) has consistently positioned itself as the number one terrestrial station in Lagos. This tradition is continued in its free-to-air channel ONTVMAX that was recently launched on Multichoice’s DStv and GOtv platforms.
This July sees the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) return for its 36th year of cinematic celebration. From 16 to 26 July, the city will celebrate the wonder and diversity of global cinema, with over 200 screenings in nine venues. Alongside this selection of quality contemporary cinema, including 74 feature films, 50 documentaries, 74 short films and 23 surf films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar programme in which industry experts from around the world share their knowledge and skills.