Review: Swiss Epic NORTHMEN - A VIKING SAGA Looks Like Hollywood Fare

Assessing the merits of Claudio Fäh's Viking odyssey is a tricky task because of what it represents in the panorama of Swiss genre films. With an international cast, and production set in South Africa, Northmen - A Viking Saga is... More »
  

The Best Of 2014: South Africa

The South African cinema scene continues to grow from strength to strength. Exciting new directing and acting talent seems to appear each year, and a burgeoning generation of riveting young film-makers is now established and gaining global momentum. This year... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Great Viggo Mortensen Western

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) As a preview for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam next month, loyal visitors were allowed to see one of the films already: David Oelhoffen's Algeria-based western Far From... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Watch The Crazy Trailer For Award-winning South African Short HYENA BOYS

South African documentary film-maker Tarryn Crossman appears to be fearless. Her first feature documentary, Fatherland, embedded her in a commando-style bush camp for boys with a group of brainwashing Afrikaner extremists. Hyena Boys was a three-year side project to track down... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Review: DEATH METAL ANGOLA Rocks Our World

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy,... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

OJUJU: Watch The Trailer For The Nigerian Zombie Film

Despite being made with virtually no budget and minimal resources in extremely trying conditions, writer-director CJ Obasi's Ojuju emerged from the recent African International Film Festival in Calabar with the Best Nigerian Film prize ahead of many much higher budgeted... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

AFRIFF 2014 Review: OJUJU Is A Promising Effort From An Obvious Talent

Winner of the Best Nigerian Film at the just completed Africa International Film Festival in Calabar - a prize it won over vastly higher budgeted major players from within the established Nigerian industry - CJ 'Fiery' Obasi's Ojuju is an... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Things Get Heavy In The Trailer For DEATH METAL ANGOLA

Christopher Bourne first brought Death Metal Angola to our attention in his coverage of DOC NYC 2013. Following its successful festival run, the film is currently in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, and will be unleashed in the... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

AFRIFF 2014 Review: COZ OV MONI 2 Is A Ridiculously Good Time

Several days on from screening Ghanaian musical duo FOKN Bois' Coz Ov Moni 2: Fokn Revenge - a film they bill as "the world's second first pidgen musical" - I am left with one certainty and one question. The certainty?... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa's LEADING LADY Will Perform For US Audiences

South African culture-clash romantic comedy Leading Lady enjoyed a successful reception at the Seattle International Film Festival recently, and has now secured a cinematic distribution deal for the US. Check out the trailer embedded below.Leading Lady leading lady, Katie McGrath,... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS, Brilliant And Disturbing Satire

The words 'satire' and 'mockumentary', when referring to films, might automatically be thought to reference humour. But there is no humour, except very dark, in director Kaouther Ben Hania's brilliant The Challat of Tunis. It is a searing portrait of... More »
  

I Am Consciousness. I Am Alive. I Am CHAPPIE. We Have Our First Trailer!

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Chappie poster comes our first trailer.It looks like we have another heady science fiction treatment by Neill Blomkamp, with little of the rumoured humour in the film showing face in this trailer. Plenty of heart... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Vancouver 2014 Review: MAN ON HIGH HEELS, Crime Genre As Transgender Study

Man On High Heels, a Korean gangster-cop flick of another color, navigates gender politics as shakily as its strangely-worded (or translated) title would suggest. Cha Seung-won stars as Ji-wook, the eponymous man: a specimen of ideal masculinity who spends his... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
  

Review: FISHING WITHOUT NETS Expertly Expands the Somali Pirate Story

You'd be excused for a slight case of déjà vu when reading the description of Cutter Hodierne's feature debut Fishing Without Nets. Somali pirates have been a hot topic lately with both Danish film A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass's Tom... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

That "Other" Somali Pirate Movie: An Interview With FISHING WITHOUT NETS Director Cutter Hodierne

Film audiences are, by now, more than familiar with the concept of Somali piracy, either through the reporting of international news agencies, or through a certain hit movie starring Tom Hanks that came out last year.However, one year prior, Cutter... More »
By John Jarzemsky   
  

New York 2014 Review: TIMBUKTU Is A Strong Condemnation Of Religious Extremism

Timbuktu, that faraway place, the end of the world, is an actual city in Northern Mali in Africa.  It was once a bustling trade town in sub-Saharan Africa and now famous for its fabulous architecture, libraries and scholars. Abderramane Sissako... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Watch The Trailer For Sundance Winning FISHING WITHOUT NETS

While we've had an interesting string of films about Somali pirates, Cutter Hodierne's feature debut is the only one of these that is from the perspective of the pirates themselves.Fishing Without Nets follows a young Somali fishermen who is thrust... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Toronto 2014 Review: RUN Finds Thrilling Drama In Fractured Character Study

Ivorian Philippe Lacôte's film Run is a brash fiction debut for this documentarian. The film begins with an off-camera assassination, and through a series of concentric flashback's we're told the story of Run. Part gangster and part activist, Run... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Watch The Trailer For Edgy South African Thriller IMPUNITY

We've been saying for quite some time now to keep an eye on South Africa, where there seems to be no end to interesting young talent bubbling beneath the surface, and Jyoti Mistry's Impunity provides another case in point.Sharing a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Find Hope In The Aftermath Of Horrific Violence With The Promo For South African Doc ALISON

The woman smiling at you above should arguably not be smiling. She shouldn't even be alive. And that Alison Botha not only survived an absolutely brutal attempt on her life but has transcended it to bring a message of hope... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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