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Kenya: Larry Asego's Short Film Selected for Ziff

A Kenyan movie has been selected as one the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize under the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Soko Sonko produced by Ekwa Msangi is a 22-minute film which follows Kibibi's father, Ed (played by Larry Asego). He is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins.

The short film is a hilarious, fish-out of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intentioned Dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before because only women have been there!

Sollywood: the extraordinary story behind apartheid South Africa's blaxploitation movie boom

It pumped out hugely successful cowboy films, heist dramas and Bond-style thrillers. It launched a Hollywood career and made the world’s first Zulu-language film. So does it matter that the explosion of black cinema in apartheid South Africa was funded by Pretoria – and led by an Afrikaner construction boss?

Shepherds and Butchers starts shooting in June in South Africa

Award-winning English actor Steve Coogan, best known for his role in Philomena and for his English comic persona Alan Partridge, is to feature in a South African-based film, Shepherds and Butchers.

The film is based on Chris Marnewick's book of the same name, about a story that made headlines across South Africa in 1987. It tells of a young warden, arrested after killing seven black members of a karate team in a senseless shooting spree. He admits his guilt but refuses to talk about his crime.

21 Icons documentary reflects Madiba’s legacy

The Promise of Freedom, an hour-long documentary made up of short films from Season 2 of the 21 Icons series, airs on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 19h30 on SABC3. Featuring moving footage of Mandela’s passing and redefining the South African struggle, the three chapter documentary is a recollection of the past and a reflection on a nation today.

VIDI lines up Fantastic Fare for June - The Matrix, The Mummy and much, much more

VIDI, South African video on demand entertainment service, has lined up new releases for June including the trilogy of two of Hollywood's most successful franchises - The Matrix and The Mummy.

There’s A New Nigerian-American Sitcom Pilot About Nigerian Parents & Their ‘First Gen’ Kids

First Gen is a sitcom pilot about an “everyday Nigerian-American family” that looks to offer a satirical glimpse of the inner dynamics between immigrant parents and their first generation kids. The loosely autobiographical show, whose trailer debuted this week, builds from the real-life experiences and stand-up material of its creator, Yvonne Orji. Like the character she plays, Orji opted out of a career in medicine to become a comedian. From the pilot’s trailer it’s safe to say the actress’s decision to pursue a career in the arts didn’t go over well with her more traditional parents.

GRB scores sales in Middle East and Africa

California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has secured a number of deals for the sports docuseries Game Changers and My Beautiful Game in the Middle East and Africa.

East Africa’s Wananchi picked up When Fun Turns to Fear, which follows deadly holidays; Without Warning, on experts who venture into high-risk disaster zones; the religious series In Search of Holy Treasure; and My Beautiful Game, on soccer’s greatest moments.

Elsewhere, Upstar took My Beautiful Game and Game Changers for Angola and Mozambique.

Film festival gives an insight into Africa

Sharing stories and challenging stereotypes are the main aims of the inaugural African Film Festival New Zealand.

The event, which takes place at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket from April 9 to 15, includes 10 films and reflects the diversity of life in Africa.

Festival communications director Kube Jones-Neill grew up in the United States, but has lived here for the past 17 years.

"People tend to glaze over when you mention Africa," she said.

"They immediately go to the big three: war, famine and disease."

Isibaya wins big at Royalty Soapie Awards for the second year in a row!

Durban - With an impressive seven awards – including the night's most prestigious award, Outstanding Soapie – Isibaya swept the boards at the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards, held at the Durban ICC on Saturday night.

The Mzansi Magic drama series continued its dominant run this awards season, claiming the trophies for outstanding set design, writing team, wardrobe, directing team, editing team and lighting, as well as the judges’ award for the best of the current crop of South African soapies – Outstanding Soapie.

Ugandan chess prodigy's story to become Hollywood film

Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a nine-year-old in the sprawling and impoverished Katwe slum of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her story is being turned into a Hollywood film with Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o tipped to play her mother.

Back in 2005, Mutesi discovered a chess program held in a church in the Katwe slum districts in Kampala. Potential players were enticed with a free cup of porridge, and Mutesi began organising her days around her visits to the church.

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