Film & Cinema: Tunisians defy censorship and win awards

A scene from much loved. Photo©All Rights ReservedThe November 2015 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia showed there is a demand for more challenging and thought-provoking films, despite strong voices of disapproval in the region.

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Trend hunter: Cinema on the go

Photos© All rights reservedIt's 6pm in Biyem-Assi – a neighbourhood of Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé – and the sun is slowly setting, leaving behind a greying blue sky. As twilight nears, a crowd gathers on a sports ground.

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Film Review: Reeling in the prizes at home and abroad

Philippe Lacôte Film director. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARThe wave of new African cinema has focused interest on the continent's film festivals.

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New projects from directors who dared in 2013

Jahmil Qubeka, film director. Photo©Tebogo LETSIE/SUNDAY Times/GALLO images/GETTY imagesThe year 2013 saw African cinema explode out of its conservative shell as filmmakers began to challenge local customs and authority.

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Africa's small screen rivals

Photo©fotolia; ebonylife.tvThe arrival of satellite channel TV Telemundo is bad news for the fledgling sector of African-made TV series. Will demand for African content allow our local heroes to stand up to their Latin American cousins?


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Film: Radical times for North Africa

Djamila Sahraoui incarnates Algeria in Yema/Photo©ARAMISAlgerian and Moroccan films at FESPACO herald a tough new wave of cinema.

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Entertainment: Your guide to 2013

For Africa, 2012 was a year of sporting triumph, as men and women brought home medals galore from the Olympic and Paralympic games.

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Film: Algeria's chronicler

Pursuing what he calls "free and persistent cinema", Malek Bensmaïl looks both forwards and backwards as Algeria celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence in July.

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Morocco, the new cinema hotspot

In Faouzi Bensaïdi’s Death for Sale three unemployed youths try to change their destiny/Photo/TRIGON-FILMAfter 10 years of significant state investment Moroccan cinema is flourishing, and is not afraid to reflect the tensions and preoccupations of the young.

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A revolution in Arab cinema

The documentary Tahrir – Liberation Square by Stefano Savona expresses the chaos and ecstasy of revolution/Photo/All Rights ReservedFrom Paris to Rotterdam, via Rome, Algiers, Brussels and London, the Arab Spring is taking 
top billing at international film festivals. Cinema 
from the Middle East and

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African cinema in 2012

Abderrahmane Sissako reinterprets a Gorky play/Photo/CATARINA/VANDEVILLE/GAMMACinema fans are in suspense after hearing that the new James Bond may be set in South Africa.

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The First Grader Directed by Justin Chadwick

Photo/ Courtesy of Kerry Brown

When 84-year-old Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge registered for his local primary school he made headline news around the world.

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?Djo Tunda Wa Munga: ?Hong Kong meets Kinshasa - Film

Award-winning Viva Riva! brings a new brand of cinema to Africa’s movie screens

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Jean-Marie Teno, the chronicler of Cameroon

A filmmaker who deals with themes of persecution, power and protest has become one of Africa’s most innovative storytellers

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Nollywood: A touch of class

In Nigerian cinemas for the first time audiences are choosing African films above big budget foreign offerings. A new generation of award-winning film-makers is making it happen?    ?

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Cinema: Women in the spotlight

Female directors are achieving increasing success in the African film industry ?but those at the forefront want to be recognised for their skills, not their gender

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Films: Pumzi and Scheherazade Tell Me a Story

Film reviews of Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu and Youssry Nasrallah's Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story.

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In search of players for ?the African stage

Recent films such as the South African-based Invictus raise the question of why more African actors are not playing lead roles

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Screenings for the kids

School children watching cinemaCinétoile’s mobile cinema project has the potential to create a new distribution network for African film 

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Getting the kids involved

During the afternoons, the House of Wonders hosted 18 primary and secondary schools from across Zanzibar to watch a special ZIFF children’s programme, laying on transport from the schools to the old colonial ‘skyscraper’ where two separate rooms screened the films. There were screenings of Kirikou, the Burkinabè fairytale Ouaga Saga and the Cannes-awarded Izulu Lami, along with films from Europe, the US and Brazil. Workshops were also held in villages in the east and north-east of the island. ?


On the final day of the children’s programme, several jubilant schools were invited to a special press conference in the presence of the ZIFF CEO, the culture minister and the festival’s guest of honour, Danny Glover. That evening, ten mini-animations made by a local school through a multimedia-focused NGO, Zanzibits, were screened to the public on the Old Fort’s main stage, to much acclaim. Although this addressed only a small part a much wider production challenge, it raised hopes that the festival could really inspire East African cinema and help produce child prodigies.


?Besides getting involved in the dubbing of films, children were also invited to workshops hosted by the Danish Film Institute to learn the basics of film production. UNICEF, which sponsored Danny Glover’s presence at ZIFF and his role as a UNICEF ambassador visiting orphanages in East Africa, also supported an exhibition entitled ‘Don’t Exclude Me. Get to Know Me’, telling the stories of children from the Zanzibar Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS at the House of Wonders.


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