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Cinemafrique: Kenyan Political Thriller 'Veve,' The Golden Age Of Egyptian Cinema, A Namibian Retelling Of 'Icarus' + More

Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series looks at African film and TV news on Uzo Aduba's Emmy win, Kenyan political thriller 'Veve' and more.


Welcome to the latest installment of Okayafrica’s Cinemafrique series. Every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at Kenyan political thriller Veve, a short film influenced by the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema, a Namibian re-imagining of the classic Greek myth Icarus, Uzo Aduba's historic Emmy win, and films screening at this weekend's Chale Wote Street Arts Festival. Click on for the full scoop.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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