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Self-exiled Chimurenga music legend, Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo, has landed an acting role in a proposed Hollywood movie that will feature a host of prominent Zimbabwean actors. Mapfumo, who has been domiciled in the United States of America since the 1990s, will play the role of a ghost in the movie, The Legend of the Stolen Guitar. The film is produced by Los Angeles-based Zimbabwean born film producer, Austin Handriade. It is expected to hit the screens in 2016.

Cannes review: ‘Mediterranea’ brings plight of African migrants to big screen

The Cannes Film Festival goes topical with a stark exploration of illegal immigrants’ perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.

SA films at Cannes: From zombies to windpompe

One of the most impressive of the SA films is Necktie Youth, by 23-year-old newcomer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, whose vision of post-apartheid SA is a digital nightmare.

Among the Hollywood heavy hitters and indie artistes crowding Cannes Film Festival this year, a contingent of South African filmmakers are hoping to make their presence felt.

CNN International Revamps Its Africa-Focused Features Programming

CNN International has announced that it is overhauling 2 of its major Africa-focused shows, in what it says is a reaffirming of its commitment to covering the continent’s trends, culture and personalities.

Sahara screenings: World's most remote film festival

This is the world's most remote film festival - in a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, where nothing grows and few people visit. The sun is so scorching in Algeria's Dakhla camp - over the border from the disputed territory of Western Sahara - that equipment, including solar panels, can melt in the heat.

Botswana filmmaker produces TV series on high profile Africans

Billy Kokorwe, a filmmaker from Botswana, is currently in Paris working on the production of an African issues based television show titled Portrait of Africa. The 13 episode series will profile top African achievers from around the world including statesmen, diplomats, football stars, philanthropists, models and musicians who promote a positive image of the continent.

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Malawian Film Helps Farmers Cope With Climate Change.
“Mbeu Yosintha” was made to help farmers and rural communities cope with the effects of climate change, in particular the ever changing rain patterns in South East Africa. The film is a drama using local actors and was devised with Malawian writer Jonathan Mbuna following extensive research with various agricultural NGOs in Malawi.

Zuku Announce The Academy Award Winning “Selma” as the official opening film for ZIFF 2015

This year, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film SELMA will officially open ZIFF 2015 on Thursday, July 18th.

SELMA is a historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis that forever altered history. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson and rapper and actor Common as Bevel.

Disney looking for SA presenters

Cape Town – Disney has decided to do its first ever local South African TV production on the Disney Channel (DStv 303) and is now looking for three TV teens to present I (love) Violetta as a companion show to its Violetta telenovela.

Disney Africa which runs the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform is now looking for three South African teenagers, between 13 and 18, to present a lifestyle show called I (love) Violetta which will start later this year.

Presenting Jongo: Africa’s First Mainstream Superhero

Motion Story, an independent television and film studio based in Joburg, recently changed focus from iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz, Investec and PwC, to scripted drama after international author and screenwriter, Gareth Crocker joined the studio in 2014. The result is Jongo, the world’s first African superhero television series.

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