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First All-Female Made Film in Uganda Wins Art House Prize in UK

Bed of Thorns, a movie about gender-based violence, takes home the Africa Focus Award.

This weekend saw a film from Uganda, Bed of Thorns (#Tosirika), claim the Africa Focus Award at the London Art House Film Festival. The film, directed and produced by Eleanor Nabwiso, tackles the subject of gender-based violence by weaving together the many tales of abuse within a circle of women as they prepare for their friend's wedding—not knowing that she, too, is being abused by her soon-to-be-husband. Comedian Martha Kay and media personality Malaika Tenshi made their film acting debuts to help tell the tale. The film also featured an all-female crew for the first time in Ugandan history.


In an interview with BBC, Nabwiso said, "This is the first ever all-female made movie from Uganda. That means the director of photography, the producer, the sound engineer—everyone is female." Perhaps it is due to the crew that such a nuanced film could be made about a difficult and complex subject. The film was first released in March to support the month celebrating women, but it is also intended to enact change. As Nabwiso says, "It's about time we stopped this nonsense."


Tosirika, a hashtag that accompanies the film's title, means 'don't keep quiet' in Luganda. According to Nabwiso, that is the message of the film. "We call these 'bedroom matters'—keep it in your bedroom, talk about it in your bedroom. If he's beating you in your bedroom and you come out of that door, you must smile to the world. This is wrong. Come out, speak out, tell somebody about it," she said to the BBC.

Nabwiso plans to make more films around gender-based violence and the many forms it comes in such as cyber-bullying and emotional torture. She wants to show the detail and consequences this type of violence has on society, on the psyche and on women. Check for those films in the future and watch the trailer for the award-winning Bed of Thorns (#Tosikira) below, it does contain some graphic images.


Bed of Thorns Official Trailer HD - Nabwiso films youtu.be

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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