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I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.

– Kenyan Filmmaker, Ng’endo Mukii on her powerful multi-award winning film, ‘Yellow Fever’.

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Project Phoenix is a moving documentary on the life and experiences of former Cape Town gang member, Roger. He tells a gripping story of the challenges that he has faced in life, and how he has managed to turn his life around, now having a positive effect on his family and community. This change is marked by a phoenix tattoo inked over 13 months. The film was conceived by FoxP2 and co-directed by Robin Goode and Karien Murray from Giant Films, and is well worth a watch!

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The ever improving Nollywood industry shone at this year’s Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards over the weekend, not least with this gripping short, which tells a story based on an urban myth that circulated the internet over a decade ago. Oblivious was directed by Ekene Mekwunye and Stanlee Ohikhuare, and stars Kiki Omeili, Adeyemi Okanlawon & Uzor Osimkpa. Watch and enjoy!

An interesting documentary on Angola’s death metal sub-culture, directed by Jeremy Xido.

Perhaps a wee bitty late, but better late than never. The wonderful Illume Creative Studio have put together a fascinating documentary on Nneka, and her East African tour earlier this year, which took her from Kigali in the West to the ever beautiful Zanzibar in the East. Check it out!

http://illume-cs.com/

When it’s a DV8 production, you know it’s going to be good, and over the weekend, How to Steal 2 million picked up not one but four African Movie Academy Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Achievement in Editing). This thrilling feature by Director, Charlie Vundla tells the story of Jack, an ex-con trying to go legit after five years in prison. His partner in crime, Twala however, has other plans.

http://www.howtostealtwomillion.com/

Andrew Dosunmu is a name that you may not immediately know. More than likely though you will have seen his direction in music videos for the likes of Les Nubians (Afrodance), Maxwell (Matrimony: Maybe You) and Talib Kweli (Hostile Gospel Pt. 1). Or, if you are familiar with South African TV, you will of course know the hit series, Yizo Yizo, which this Nigerian fashion designer turned filmmaker and photographer also directed. His first feature film, set in Harlem tells the tale of the struggle, passion and love, experienced by young a West African immigrant. Premiered at Sundance in 2011, Restless City has been screened at Dubai International Film Festival and the BFI Film Festival in London, and is to hit local cinema screens worldwide from next Friday.

In this intense twist on the American Dream, director Andrew Dosunmu vividly captures the pulsating dynamic of New York city’s pan-African community […] Restless City is most gripping and powerful in its textures. ~ Hollywood Reporter

http://restlesscityfilm.com/

Tired of no longer being heard, the ancestors decide to tell one last truth and fall silent forever. A great film by Malian director, Daouda Coulibaly. Don’t you just love the way the Bambara language sounds?

A 3D animation of the true story, and classic South African novel and film, Jock of the Bushveld is to be released this year. The story tells of jack of all trades, Fitzpatrick’s travels with his dog, Jock, in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal during the 1800’s. The Johannesburg based team of 25, lead by Duncan MacNeillie have been working on the animation since 2007. Oscar winner Tim Rice, and even Desmond Tutu are said to have made the credits, so fingers crossed it’s a goodie!

http://www.jock-animation.com/

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