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.
Warchild is a short documentary film from the trio behind Soweto photography collective, I See A Different You. Their first foray into filmmaking is a tightly shot portrait of South African boxer Rofhiwa Maemu. The recently released short clocks in at quick 72 seconds so we’re eager to see what else these guys have in store over the next few years.
There’s some exciting news from one of our favorite directors Akosua Adoma Owusu! The Ghanaian filmmaker has been dropping hints on her Twitter account the last few days about her first full length film, Black Sunshine, and yesterday she finally let some more details out of the bag. It’s still early on, so we don’t have much info about the release date, but we do know that the screenplay is a collaborative effort between Owusu and writer/ethnographer Dr. Yaba Blay, whose work focuses on colorism and Black racial identity. Below is a brief synopsis of Black Sunshine:
"Set in a village in Agogo, Ghana, Black Sunshine is a feature-length experimental film about a promiscuous Ghanaian hairdresser, Effie, and her albino daughter, Asabea. Born albino, everything about Asabea sets her apart. Her days are spent caring for her ailing mother and dreaming of escaping with her mysterious friend, Shebere. When she tries to balance her life between Effie and Shebere, she finds herself pulled down two separate paths—and the places they lead her are darker than she could ever imagine.
The film weaves together scripted and nontraditional documentary forms, and examines albino Africans as tropes for cross-cultural identity. Albinos have been chastised, ridiculed and killed in many parts of Africa because of their skin color. The film explores conventional beauty, emotional violence, the social stigma of albinism in Africa and its impact on family dynamics."
We'll be sure to bring you more information about the project as it becomes available.