In December South African comedian Trevor Noah made his debut as Senior International Correspondent on The Daily Show with a hilarious “Spot The Africa” segment. Last night Noah joined Jon Stewart for the second time to report on how no one in the media is talking about Boko Haram and the recent tragedy in Baga. Not a single head of state went to Nigeria after the January attacks, he pointed out. “In France, 1.6 million people marched for twelve cartoonists. But by that math, the whole world should have been marching in Nigeria,” Noah said.
VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service, has signed deals with the SABC and local producers that will see award-winning content available on the service in the months ahead.
Available from SABC on VIDI from the beginning of February is the drama High Rollers and the hilarious sitcom My Perfect Family as well the hit children’s series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and the acclaimed and educational African Sky Stories.
Celebrate the diverse music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with a month-long film-festival on your screen presented by AfriDocs. Never before has such a collection of documentary films about African music been available to audiences across the continent.
During the month of February, AfriDocs’ 2 weekly documentary slots now on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at 8pm Central African time (GMT + 2), and weekend schedules will feature some of Africa’s most loved musical talents – both historical and contemporary.
Though the selection of African cinema at Sundance has never been staggering, it has served as a platform for amplifying the reach of stellar features, documentaries and shorts from African writers and directors that we’ve loved, such as Andrew Dosunmu‘s visually stunning ‘Mother of George‘ and Frances Bodomo‘s ode to the afrofuturist imagination ‘Afronauts.’ With the 2015 edition of the festival now underway, below we take a look at two films by and about Africans screening this month in Park City.
The nominations event for this year’s edition of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has been fixed for April 2015 as the organisers seek to continue the tradition of celebrating the best in filmmaking across Africa and beyond.
The awards proper, now in its 11th year, will hold in June 2015. Unlike previous editions usually held in April, this year’s edition was shifted to honour the memory of Michael Anyiam-Osigwe, elder brother of AMAA founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe who passed on recently.
The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on 15 January, revealing the final contenders in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The nominees include Ida directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland); Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); Tangerines directed by Zaza Urushadze (Estonia); Wild Tales directed by Damián Szifron (Argentina); and Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania). Timbuktu is the first Mauritanian film to be nominated in this category.
Airtel and Trace International have crowned Benjamin Webi as the winner of the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition, Kenya edition. Webi beat Phyllis Mwihaki who was second and Trina Mungai bagging the third position.
Benjamin Webi took home the first prize of over Kshs 2.7 million (Euro 25,000) in cash and an iPhone 6 Plus, while Phyllis who came in at a close second took home Kshs. 100,000 and an iPhone 6 Plus. Trina Mungai wrapped up the top three with a cash prize of Kshs. 50,000 and an iPhone 6.
The Jozi Film Festival 2015 will open with the film Love the One You Love, directed by Jenna Cato Bass. This will be the Johannesburg premiere of the film which first screened at Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014, and went on to win Best South African Feature Film, Best Direction in a South African Feature Film, and Best Actress (Chi Mhende). The film marks the directorial debut of Bass.
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Africa’s most talked about talk show is about to complete its first season and The Scoop is here to stay. Salim Amin has spent the last 13 weeks flying around Africa, interviewing some of the most inspiring success stories on our continent. From flight attendant turned powerhouse journalist Jeff Koinange, to sought after but not a bride super entrepreneur Sophia Bekele, to Club music superstar peace activist African investor Akon, Salim has heard from some pretty amazing people.