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Cinemafrique: African Film & TV News On TIFF Award Winning Sudanese Doc 'Beats Of The Antonov,' Naija Hyena Handlers, 'The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo' + More

Okayafrica's Cinemafrique looks at African film and TV news on Sudanese documentary 'Beats Of The Antonov,' hyena handlers of Nigeria and more.


New Biographical Documentary The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo Highlights Work of Pioneering Ghanaian Author

Writer/director/producer Yaba Badoe's feature documentary, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, was successfully funded with an Indiegogo campaign earlier this year surpassing its projected goal of $45,000 to complete post-production. The hour-long documentary film, which follows celebrated Ghanaian novelist, poet and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo for a year as she divides her time between her hometown and the United States, traces the course of her career over seven decades and her rise to literary excellence during the heyday of Ghana's independence struggle. Aidoo became the first published African woman playwright with the publication of her first play, The Dilemma Of A Ghost, in 1965 (when she was only 25). As one of Africa's most prominent female authors Aidoo has served as an inspiration to scores of African writers. The film's official synopsis reads:

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contribution of one of African’s foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent. The film charts Ama Ata Aidoo’s creative journey in a life that spans 7 decades from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women’s creative talent remains as hard as ever. Over the course of a year the film follows Aidoo as she returns home to her ancestral village in the Central Region of Ghana, launches her latest collection of short stories in Accra, and travels to the University of California, Santa Barbara to attend the premier of her seminal play about the slave trade, Anowa. With contributions from Carole Boyce Davies, Nana Wilson- Tagoe and Vincent Odamtten, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo gives a fascinating insight into the life of a feminist poet and novelist and brings Aidoo’s writing to new audiences.

Watch a short teaser clip and an official trailer from The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo below featuring excerpts of the Commonwealth Prize-winning writer's work.

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Music, Identity & War In Sudan: Beats Of The Antonov Debuts Online

Sudanese director Hajooj Kuka's 'Beats Of The Antonov' documentary on music, identity and war in Sudan is available to watch in full on PBS.

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Sundance 2015: Senegalese Documentary 'Sembène!' + Rwandan Filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza's 'Things Of The Aimless Wanderer'

Senegalese documentary 'Sembène!' and Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza's 'Things Of The Aimless Wanderer' are screening at Sundance 2015.

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Start Your Weekend Early With Shatta Wale's 'Borjor'

The Ghanaian star shares the new track and music video for "Borjor" on his birthday.

Shatta Wale is celebrating his birthday by dropping a new track that's sure to get you in party mode.

"Borjor" is an addictive new song built on a mid-tempo afro-fusion beat work and led by the Ghanaian dancehall heavyweight's vocals about the object of his desire.

The accompanying music video, directed by PKMI, follows Shatta Wale and his friends to a day of swimming and messing around in a pool and mansion.

Shatta Wale recently dropped the level-up anthem "Swizz Bank," he also hopped on the same riddim as Vybz Kartel's hit "Any Weather," produced by Shabdon Records.

Watch the new music video for Shatta Wale's "Borjor" below.

For all the best & latest Ghanaian music, follow our new GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Michael Kiwanuka Pays Homage to the Black Liberation Movements of the '60s In New Video 'Hero'

The artist's latest single references some of his personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Tupac Shakur and more.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka drops another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, KIWANUKA.

In "Hero" the singer pays homage to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. The music video, directed by CC Wade references several Black leaders and some of the artist's personal heroes including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Cooke, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and more. It also depicts the FBI's often illegal efforts to stop Black movements and other anti-establishment groups through its Counterintelligence Program, as noted in Rolling Stone.

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