Durban 2014 Review: BETI AND AMARE Is A Bizarre Ethiopian Oddity

It is 1936 and Mussolini is on the move, the fascist leader's troops pressing into Ethiopia to increase their foothold in Africa. Fearing the worst teenaged girl Beti is sent away from the big city by her mother to live... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Durban 2014 Review: 1994 THE BLOODY MIRACLE

"The true miracle of the 1994 elections, is that they happened at all. If this was a miracle, it was a truly bloody one." John Kani, narrating for 1994 The Bloody Miracle.1994 The Bloody Miracle, a documentary three years in... More »
  

Durban 2014 Review: HARD TO GET Is Easy To Love

Over the past few years there has been an unmistakable sense that South Africa is a film nation on the rise and if that is, indeed, the case then its continued ascent will rest on the shoulders of bright young... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Durban 2014: OF GOOD REPORT, Revisiting Last Year's Banned Masterpiece

Of Good Report is an astonishing South African noir thriller -- I've never seen better South African film making -- about a teacher-pupil relationship that spirals into obsession and violence. The film was selected as the opening film for the 2013... More »
  

Introducing Durban 2014: Seaside South African Cinema At The Durban International Film Festival

Ah Durban! South Africa's cultural melting pot of English, Afrikaner, Indian, and Zulu. Famous for her sunny beaches and busy harbour; infamous for her cauterizing curries and wizardly weed. I grew up in the central green foothills you can see... More »
  

Love Is HARD TO GET In Slick South African Crime Romance

The opening slot at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival belongs to Hard To Get, the debut feature from Zee Ntuli. And while the title promises that the lead actress may be hard to get this one certainly doesn't look... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Intriguing South African Documentary SHIELD AND SPEAR Examines Integration Through Art

We somehow overlooked Petter Ringbom's Shield And Spear when it screened at HotDocs here in Toronto but it returns to our attention now thanks to its selection at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival. And good thing, too, because this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cheerily Lo-Fi Ghanaian Crime Musical COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE Trailer Charms

A rap musical from Ghana? A crime comedy told entirely in pidgin English? Ghanaian rap duo Fokn Bois broke new ground with their first offering - the original Coz Ov Moni was reportedly the first ever pidgin musical ever made... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Banned South African Action Film JOE BULLET Storms Back To Screens With Restored Release

Produced in 1971, Louis de Witt's South African crime film Joe Bullet was one of the first films from that nation to feature an all black cast. Of course, in 1971 South Africa was also in the grips of the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch: Exclusive Clip From HEATSTROKE, Starring Peter Stormare And Maisie Williams

Evelyn Purcell's thriller Heatstroke will arrive in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes on July 4. The African set thriller stars Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, and Peter Stormare, who is, of course, the bad guy. Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams... More »
  

Die Antwoord Unleash Rabid PITBULL TERRIER

Die Antwoord will be playing a lead role, as themselves, in fellow-South African Neill "District 9" Blomkamp's upcoming feature, Chappie. They have been involved in that film for a long time, and I suspect we will see their creative fingerprints... More »
  

R.I.P. Malik Bendjelloul: The Real Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of Searching For Sugar Man, has passed away in Stockholm, according to multiple news reports. Though no cause of death has been given, authorities have said they do not suspect foul play. He was just 36... More »
  

Mike Tyson Stars In Algerian Action Film GATES OF THE SUN. Check The First Poster Now.

An action film from Algeria? With Mike Tyson? It's happened with Jean-Marc Mineo's Gates Of The Sun and we've got the first artwork for you to take a look at. Zakaria Ramdane and Lorie Pester star in this story of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

New York African Film Festival Reflects The Ever Evolving Continent

In its 21st Edition, New York African Film Festival is a month long celebration of the continent's best of the best with staggering 40+ films slated in its lineup. They will be showing in three different cultural venues throughout the... More »
  

South African Action Thriller iNUMBER NUMBER Unleashes On Home Turf

South African action thriller iNumber Number was a closely watched film here at Twitch even before it blew us away at the Toronto Film Festival. And with good reason; the picture has been subsequently picked up for worldwide distribution (by XYZ... More »
  

I Doco Dare You To Enter Roger Ballen's ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS

Renowned photographer Roger Ballen was born in the US, but has lived in South Africa since the 1970's, where he photographs the inhabitants of society's boondocks. A short doco (documentary) about Ballen's work on Asylum Of The Birds, the new monograph... More »
  

MINERS SHOT DOWN: South African Mining Massacre Doc Premieres At One World Film Festival

Renowned South African documentary producer and director, Rehad Desai, has premiered his second feature, Miners Shot Down, at the 2014 One World Film Festival in Prague. The film revisits events surrounding the August 2012 Marikana mine massacre, during which police... More »
  

Die Antwoord and Neill Blomkamp Wrap on CHAPPIE

Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er have recently wrapped on Chappie, Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi comedy. They play themselves as the film's (human) leads, with Sharlto Copley voicing the film's robot namesake. This South African acting triad will be accompanied... More »
  

Teaser For South African Doc THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD

A teaser has been released for The Boers At The End Of The World, a South African documentary project that began to gather steam on Indiegogo last November:Over a century ago, 800 Boer families left South Africa and sailed to Argentina,... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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