Watch Kevin MacDonald's LIFE IN A DAY for FREE!

One of the most ambitious and successful documentaries of the year, LIFE IN A DAY is a beautiful collage of people, places, emotions and lives taking place over the course of a single day. Devised and compiled by Academy-Award Winning... More »

Canada's MONSIEUR LAZHAR And 62 Other Hopefuls Complete Oscar Foreign Language List

It's no secret that Philippe Falardeau's film about an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace an elementary school teacher is Canada's submission for the category of Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. I only tout it out... More »

TIFF 2011: Trailer For South African Crime Drama MAN ON GROUND

There's no denying at this point that African cinema is undergoing a major change and audiences around the world can expect to see a lot more projects from the continent in coming years. And if there's a face to the... More »
By Todd Brown   

South Africa's Charlie Vundla Will Teach You HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION

Might it be that Viva Riva was just the beginning of a new wave of stylish African action films? If the trailer for South African effort How To Steal 2 Million is any indication then the answer is hell, yes.... More »
By Todd Brown   

MIFF 2011 - The Festival Guide insight

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2011) is just around the corner; it is celebrating 60 years and is one of the oldest festivals in the world. I have chosen 60 (edit 60+) films and would like to share some... More »

Richard Stanley Returns To South Africa For CELLUDROID Film Festival

The director of cult favorites Hardware and Dust Devil is returning to his home turf of South Africa for the Celludroid Sci-Fi/Anime/Fantasy Film Festival as part of a special retrospective program honoring the writer and director. In addition to a great... More »

MIFF Channels World Cinema With New Promos!

The Melbourne International Film Festival is gearing up for its 60th anniversary -- already announcing a teaser program which includes 25 Cannes features including Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive as its closer. No doubt the 60 years milestone will see MIFF bring... More »

SFF 2011 Day 6 - Trailer of the Day is AFRICA UNITED

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the delightful AFRICA UNITED. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Three Rwandan kids hit the road to soccer's World Cup in this energetic and... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

Hey NY, LA & Portland - Go See VIVA RIVA this Weekend!

We've been loving on Djo Munga's Congolese crime thriller Viva Riva! for months and months now and it's finally coming out in limited release this weekend! I had a chance to see it this week and completely agree with James... More »

New US Trailer for the Seriously Sexy VIVA RIVA!

I've been pretty vocal about my love for Djo Munga's Congolese noir VIVA RIVA!, singing its praises to anyone who will listen and now news has arrived that Music Box Films will be releasing it in the US on June... More »

Trailer For Acclaimed Congolese Action Drama VIVA RIVA!

Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva! has been turning heads on the international festival circuit and putting a new, commercially accessible face on African film in the process. And fresh off of basically sweeping the African Film Awards - where... More »
By Todd Brown   

The End Of The World Arrives In The 1950s. Fantastic Trailer For South African SciFi SWEETHEART

Is it an alien invasion or the Rapture? And is there any real difference between the two? That seems to be the tension driving Michael Matthews' Sweetheart, a half hour long South African short film produced on a tiny budget.District... More »
By Todd Brown   

SFIFF54: Press Releases

[Our thanks to Michael Hawley for reviewing SFIFF54's press releases.] While the full line-up for the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54) won't be made public until next Tuesday, the press releases announcing this year's awards, special events and... More »

Watch Die Antwoord In Harmony Korine's UMSHINI WAM

Yes, it is every bit as strange as you think it's going to be.Yolandi Visser and Ninja from frequently bizarre South African rap act Die Antwoord star in Umshini Wam, a new short film from director Harmony Korine. Korine, in... More »
By Todd Brown   


This time of year is always tantalizing as the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) begins to release its press announcements regarding their upcoming "jewel of the crown": the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), assured and stately in its 54th... More »


[Our thanks to Michael Hawley for his preview of the SFIAAFF 2011 line-up.] Rather than wait until its 30th birthday, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) has chosen 29 as the ripe age for a makeover. At... More »

South African industrial metal + werewolves = horror you can tap your feet to

The association with metal music and horror film has been a long standing one. Bands have been drawing inspiration from horror films for as long as Metal has been around. Case in point, the South African industrial metal band Terminatryx. Inspired... More »

From The Makers of WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX Comes Uganda's Action Madness THE RETURN OF UNCLE BENON

Hold on to your seat and brace yourself for the thrill ride of your life! Ramon film productions, Uganda's leading film making company that unexpectedly took the action world by storm back in July when they unleashed the trailer to... More »
By Al Young   

Pierre Laffargue's BLACK on BLU (in the UK)

I cannot bring myself to post up the painfully generic Blu-Ray cover of Pierre Laffargue's wonderfully oddball neo-blaxploitation action-fantasy starring French rapper McJean Gab'1 as an on-the-lam Parisian bank robber down in Senegal for a diamond heist.  The best way to... More »

PSIFF 2011: CINEMA SAFARI: A Showcase of AFRICAN Cinema

This is the time of year when most film journalists are making arrangements to attend Sundance; but, I eschew the snow, the steamy auditoriums and the lookalike independents and opt instead for the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) where... More »
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