Kenya: Film Regulator Bans Screening of Fifty Shades of Grey

The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya, Article 19 says.

African Superhero Short Film ‘Oya: Rise Of The Orishas' Debuts Online

It's been almost two years since we first reported on Nigerian writer, director and producer Nosa Igbinedion‘s superhero film Oya: Rise of the Orishas, which reimagines the Orishas (folkloric deities of West African origin with mythical powers) as a band of crusaders fighting against evil forces. Since then, Igbinedion's short film has scored its creator the Rising Talent Award at the 2015 Screen Nation Awards in London and enjoyed successful screenings at festivals in Nigeria, Brazil, the US and across Europe.

VIDI ACQUIRES TOP MUSIC DOCS: With something for everyone - from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley!

VIDI, South Africa's premier video on demand entertainment service, has acquired a raft of top music documentaries, some of which are currently available on the service on subscription and others coming soon.

And there's literally something for everyone and all tastes including:

How Tanzania’s Ubongo Media built a business by making maths cool

In many countries children detest mathematics, and most record poor performances in the subject. Generally, maths and science scores lag behind other school subjects.

But a Tanzania social enterprise is changing perceptions by helping children in East Africa improve their understanding of the subject through an interactive educational cartoon show that combines mathematical concepts with fun animated and catchy songs.

Angolan TV producers apologise over gays kissing


The producers of a popular television soap in Angola have apologised after an episode which showed a gay couple kissing caused outrage among viewers.

State television said it had suspended broadcasts of Jikulumessu for "technical reasons".

Many viewers felt the programme went too far by showing two men kissing, although homosexuality is not illegal in Angola, correspondents say.

The programme was produced by a firm owned by the president's son.

Miners Shot Down wins the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice

“To be presented an award by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is very affirming. We have a just cause and one day those behind the Marikana massacre will face trial and therefore the consequences. (Rehad Desai, Director)

South African documentary film, Miners Shot Down, has won the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice, 2015. The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice was initiated in 2009, together with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo. The announcement was made in Berlin at the Awards Gala on February 9th, 2015.

‘Nairobi Half Life’ Director Shares Trailer For Kenyan Crime Drama TV Series, ‘The Nairobians’


The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David “Tosh” Gitonga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga’s debut film, Nairobi Half Life, a crime drama about a young actor from the upcountry trying to make it big in the capital, was Kenya’s first ever Oscar submission, and, according to its producers, the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya.

Content - In Brief

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.

VoD: Top local TV dramas, movies and children’s shows now on SA’s online streaming entertainment service

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.

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