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Digitally Restored Version of 'Mapantsula' to Debut at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival

The world premiere of the 4K version marks the 35th anniversary of the original release and honors Black History Month.

2023 marks a number of historic film anniversaries, among them the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s silent-era classic A Woman of Paris. It also marks a seminal moment in African cinema -- 35 years since the first South African film to truly represent apartheid onscreen, Mapantsula, was released.

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Ike Nnaebue on Learning to Listen While Making his Personal Documentary, 'No U-Turn'

The film picked up a Documentary Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival where it recently premiered.

‘I have always known that I was going to tell this story someday,” Nollywood filmmaker Ike Nnaebue tells OkayAfrica, via Zoom, about his debut documentary, No U-Turn, which scored its world premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.

A hit at this year's Berlinale, which just wrapped, No U-Turn is part of the Generation Africa project initiated by South African non-profit STEPS, in partnership with Germany's international broadcaster, DW Akademie. The other Generation Africa film selected for the festival was No Simple Way Home by Akuol de Mabior, which also was the first South Sudanese film selected in the history of the Berlinale.

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Akuol de Mabior Takes Her Film from South Sudan to Berlin

The South Sudanese model-turned-filmmaker will premiere her feature documentary, 'No Simple Way Home,' about her family, at this year's Berlin Film Festival.