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Cinemafrique: African Film News From Cannes, 'WarChild,' Akosua Adoma Owusu's 'Black Sunshine' + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series features African film and TV news from Cannes, 'WarChild,' Akosua Adoma Owusu's 'Black Sunshine' + more.


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Welcome to our new Cinemafrique series, where we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. From film festival announcements and who to expect on the big screen to the scoop on what to binge watch and add to your viewing party schedule.

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Abderrahmane Sissako and Philipe Lacôte at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Two films from African directors have been announced as official selections at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (May 14th-24th). Screening In Competition is esteemed Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako fifth solo directorial feature. Timbuktu is based on the true story of the 2012 stoning of a young unmarried couple in Aguelhok, Mali, which received widespread international media attention. Sissako’s last full length feature, Bamako, screened Out of Competition at Cannes 2006. Luckily enough, it's available to watch on Netflix. Representing Cote d’Ivoire is Philippe Lacôte (To Repel Ghosts) and his directorial debut, Run, which will be screening Un Certain Regard during the festival. A brief synopsis reads:

“RUN is a runaway who has just killed the Prime Minister of his homeland. Disguised as a lunatic, he begins wandering across the city. He remembers his past through flashbacks: his childhood with Master Tourou when he was dreaming of becoming a rain-maker, his adventures with Gladys the eating champion and finally as a soldier at the heart of a political and military conflict in the Ivory Coast. This is how RUN earned his name. He never chose any of these lives; he just manages to escape from one to the other.”

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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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