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Film: Black British Experimental Fantasy 'Touch'

Check out a teaser for the new British short film "Touch" by Nigerian director Shola Amoo: A science-fiction project that tells the story of Jessica and George.


Above is the short teaser of "Touch," a new experimental film coming out of London. A venture to explore a different genre than most black directors, Nigerian Shola Amoo states that he wanted to create a film that reflected the variety in his taste:

I was tired of not seeing actors of color in the type of films I liked, whether it was art house or a lo-fi science fiction / fantasy film. I also noted that not a lot of these type of films were being made by black directors too. The actual story itself is quite crazy and again came from a mishmash of different influences ranging from random 80s based aesthetics, an interest in how the modern world and nature balances - and modern relationships in a technological world.

"Touch" tells the story of Jessica and George. "The two meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever." We already love the look of the film and the breath taking cinematography. Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on the film and possible screenings in upcoming festivals.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.