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Cinemafrique: African Film & TV News On Equatorial Guinea's "First" Feature Film, An Afro-Brazilian Folk Fantasy, 'Hard To Get' In SA Cinemas + More

Okayafrica's Cinemafrique looks at African film and TV news on SA's 'Hard To Get,' Equatorial Guinea's Where The Road Runs Out and more.


Isaach de Bankolé as George Mensah in Equatorial Guinea's "first" feature film 'Where The Road Runs Out'

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 the SA theatrical premiere of South African action romance Hard To Get, Afro-Brazilian fantasy The Summer of Gods, the world premiere of Where The Road Runs Out (the "first" feature film to be shot in Equatorial Guinea), and African films screening at HBO and BET's 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC.

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Here's Our List of 8 Must-See Afrofuturist Films

Say goodbye to your social life, you've got movies to watch.

Like us, you may be seeking a fix for your Afrofuturism craving. Although the media has been pressing Afrofuturism as a fad, it's been alive in film for years. It's always satisfying to see sci-fi films through a black lens, and that's exactly what Afrofuturism is about, whether it pertains to visualizing the future, or reliving the past. Not only are these films entertaining, but they are also thought provoking and innovative.

See our must watch list of Afrofuturism films below.

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Watch South African Film 'Catching Feelings' and More at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC

OkayAfrica will be co-presenting South African comedy, 'Catching Feelings,' starring Pearl Thusi and Kagiso Lediga at this year's Urbanworld Film Festival.

Looking to catch a good movie this week? The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival is coming to NYC from September 20 to 24 with a selection of the best new films by Africans and people of the diaspora.

OkayAfrica is proud to co-present Catching Feelings, a dark romantic comedy set in Johannesburg about what happens to a young couple when an unexpected visitor moves in with them. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer and director Kagiso Lediga, an acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer from South Africa.

Catching Feelingswhich also stars Pearl Thusi, is "a tale of how life, love and art intersect in uncontrollable ways," according to Shadow and Act. It premiered at the LA Film Festival to a sold out screening in June.

Here are a few other films from Africa and the diaspora we're looking forward to watching at this year's festival:

1. French

Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon, loves France, the country where she was born. She is determined to study and get French nationality, despite her father's fierce opposition.

2. Behind the Curtain: Eclipsed

"Eclipsed" was a Broadway  play written, directed and performed by all women of African descent, which starred Lupita Nyong'o. This documentary follows the genesis and rise of this groundbreaking play written by the Walking Dead's Danai Gurira.

3. Waiting for Hassana

Of the 276 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014, only a few managed to escape. This film follows Jessica, an escapee, as she shares her account of a life interrupted by terror.

4. Cargo

Kevin, an unsuccessful fisherman from Miami, turns to human smuggling in order to make ends meet. He soon takes the risk of smuggling his girlfriend and her son into the U.S., but is confronted with a situation that forces him to take a difficult look at his responsibilities.

5. Torments of Love

Two sisters meet at their family home on an island off the coast of Guadeloupe. One sister, Vanessa, is caught off guard when her father shows up for lunch. The unexpected confrontation forces each person at the table to face complicated emotions.

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Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Patoranking x Busiswa, $pacely, Vagabon, Shane Eagle and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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