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Robin Williams, Charlie’s Angels – what went on behind the scenes. True Movies (DStv Channel 138)

Get ready to relive three of television’s most popular series of all time when True Movies (DStv Channel 138) goes Behind The Camera with the gripping unauthorised stories of Charlie’s Angels, the rise to stardom of the late Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy and the drama behind Diff’rent Strokes.

Broadcast - In brief

A+E Networks  is bringing a new adaptation of the iconic TV series Roots to a whole new generation of viewers in Africa.  Developed by HISTORY, the eight-hour event miniseries boasts a stellar cast of award-winning actors and will premier on HISTORY from 12 June 2016, Based on the bestseller by Alex Haley, Roots is an historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.

‘Youth Over Flowers - Africa’ sets record

The first episode of “Youth Over Flowers – Africa,” which premiered Friday, set a record viewership of 12.7 percent, an all-time high for the reality travel series, according to CJ E&M which referenced TV rating figures from Nielsen Korea.

“The show was also the most-watched show on the entire cable channel networks on Friday night, and widely viewed by audience of all ages, ranging from teenagers to those in 50s,” said an official of CJ E&M, which owns the channel.

‘Happiness is a Four-Letter Word’ a box office success

In its opening three days Happiness is a Four-Letter Word received 45 000 attendances and gross box office receipts of R2 371 782. It was the best performing film of all new releases this weekend and did better than international releases such as 13 Hours, Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Hail Caesar!, 50 Shades of Black and Trumbo. It is ranked at number three on the Top 10 after Deadpool and Vir Altyd.

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.

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