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Meet The 4 Filmmakers Taking South African Cinema To Cannes In 2016

Four South African filmmakers are taking SA cinema to Cannes 2016 as part of the very first Cannes South Africa Film Factory.


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The Cannes South Africa Film Factory is a new African filmmaking initiative geared towards boosting the presence of South African cinema on the international stage. Launched earlier this year during the Cannes Film Festival, the factory will see four South African directors (who will be paired with four non-South African directors) collectively direct four short films produced in South Africa, which will then screen on the opening day of the festival's next edition taking place 11-22 May 2016.

The workshop, which took place during the recent Durban International Film Festival, is the first of its kind on the continent (Cannes Factories have previously taken place in Asia, Europe, and South America). The four filmmakers selected to take part in the program were pulled from a competitive shortlist, and their work spans from the socially conscious and fantastical to the darkly comedic and macabre. In the following pages, we've put together an introduction to the four filmmakers who will be taking South African cinema to Cannes in 2016.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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