Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, returns to New York from June 13 through 23 with 20 films, 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films, with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the... More »
  

Review: CALL ME KUCHU Sheds Light on Gays' Plight in Uganda

There hasn't been a lot of good P.R. for civil rights in Uganda in the last few years, what with its parliament's proposed legislation that would make homosexual activity punishable by death. Call Me Kuchu, a powerful documentary by first-time... More »
  

Review: The Paul Walker Vehicle VEHICLE 19 Is Fast And Thoughtful

Michael Woods (Paul Walker) is eager to reconnect with his ex-wife. So eager in fact that he travels to South Africa where she works at the US embassy. As soon as he arrives he hires a car, is given the... More »
  

More Letters! More Death! Iglesia, Sono, Natali And More Anchor THE ABCs OF DEATH 2!

Are you ready for a second lesson in mortality? Because word is out today that horror anthology The ABCs Of Death is getting a sequel and the initial lineup includes some big names from all around the world with a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hot Docs 2013 Review: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL Subverts the Expected TEDtalk Narrative

What exactly is William and The Windmill about?  Is it the story of a resourceful and ingenious young Malawi boy who builds a windmill from available detritus using diagrams in a book so his parents have a way to... More »
  

Seattle Intl. Film Fest Reveals First 'African Pictures' Program

Late last year, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced that it had received a three-year grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design a program that would highlight the "diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking... More »
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: LAYLA FOURIE Isn't The Paranoid Polygraph Thriller It Could Have Been

Aristotle wrote that audiences will always allow for coincidences that put the protagonist in a worse position than before, but not vice versa. However, after seeing Layla Fourie, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the master here. In... More »
  

IFFR 2013 Review: NAIROBI HALF LIFE Entertains At High Speed

(Crime doesn't pay... but it can further your acting career!) In 2010 the International Film Festival Rotterdam dedicated an entire programme section to films from Africa, and there has been a strong African presence at the festival ever since. This... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Black Movie 2013 Review: TODAY (AUJOURD'HUI) Puts a New Spin on Dying

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE From Ikiru to The Bucket List, there are already a number of movies made about people who find out they have a short time to live. However, I can safely say... More »
  

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: FYNBOS Is A Brilliantly Anti-Cathartic Piece Of Cinema

A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Witness The Peculiar World Of Fantasy Coffins In PAA JOE: DEAD NOT BURIED

Why spend eternity in a box when you can spend it in a lion? That's a very fundamental question for Paa Joe, a Ghanaian craftsman of 'fantasy coffins'. And what, praytell, is a fantasy coffin? It's a coffin that's more... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Folk Tales Come To Life In KWAKU ANANSE

If you - like me - first became aware of African trickster spirit Ananse through Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, here's your chance for something a little bit more authentic.Akosua Adoma Owusu's Ghanaian short film Kwaku Ananse comes supported by the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa Gets Its GREASE On With Box Office Hit PRETVILLE

It's got singing, dancing and bobby sox and a week into its South African theatrical run, the Afrikaans language, 50s set musical Pretville is proving tough to beat. Clearly taking a page from the Grease playbook, Pretville has opened to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Seattle Film Fest to Become Hotbed for African Film

There's no shortage of festivals in the world and with an increasing array of diverse programs and sidebars to choose from, covering an enormous breadth of cinema, it is a little surprising that the bod of work of an entire... More »
  

We Now Have a FORUM Again, Ho Ho Hooo!

A few weeks back Twitch closed down its old forum, creating a new one in its place. And here it is: at the top right of the Twitch Facebook page. Just hit the "TTF" button. Why the move to Facebook?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Angola Never Looked Sexier Than In THE GREAT KILAPY Trailer!

Effectively blending history and politics with a darkly humorous crime thriller, Angolan director Zeze Gamboa's second feature looks to be suave, sexy and oozing with cool. Set in the mid-1970s, on the eve of Angola's independence from Portugual, O... More »
  

TIFF 2012 Review: REBELLE (War Witch) is Bloody and Compassionate

Let us start off by saying that Kim Nyugen's Rebelle, is easily the best Canadian war film ever produced.  I know, you say that there aren't many Canadian war films made outside of National Film Board documentaries and that big... More »
  

Review: THE AMBASSADOR, More Than a Great Documentary Stunt

(With Drafthouse Films releasing The Ambassador in New York today and in other selected U.S. cities on Friday, we revisit our review from HotDocs.) Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on... More »
  
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