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NYC Film: Sublime Frequencies Does It Up In Brooklyn

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It's a big weekend for African documentaries, Sublime Frequencies style, at the DIY theater, "Spectacle" in Williamsburg (think secret, underground movie theater). First off, Olivia Wyatt will be in person to present her latest film, Staring Into the Sun in which she brought her camera to 13 different Ethiopian tribes, capturing Zar spirit possession, Hamer tribal wedding ceremonies, Borena water well polyphonic singing and... you get the point. Stick around for festivities to celebrate photographer/filmmaker Wyatt's book/cd/film release party.

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Saturday the sublime continues with the latest documentary from Hisham Mayet,

Land of the Songhai: Among the Wodaabe, Wogo,& Zarma of SouthWestern Niger and explores the music and landscape of the Songhai around the Niger River in Western Niger. Check out the previews for a taste of Africa and go to Spectacle Theater for show times.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

Still from 'Kambili'

Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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