Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"Beats of the Antonov" (Trailer)

Congratulations are in order for Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka for winning the People's Choice Documentary award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, for his film "Beats of the Antonov!" The film focuses on the everyday survival of people who have lost kin, homes, and livelihoods in the ongoing civil war in Sudan. However, instead of devastation and defeat, Kuka discovers communities emboldened to celebrate their heritage, and who improvise creative ways to continue harvesting crops and herding cattle.

Check out the trailer:

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Featured Photographer: Msingi Sasis (Kenya)

This month, we are elated to feature the work of Kenyan fine art photographer Msingi Sasis and his latest project Nairobi Noir. In this series, Msingi captivates the audience with candid black and white street photography from Nairobi, inspired primarily by the film noir genre. The photos give off a romantic vibe juxtaposed with an underlying sense of danger, that lurks on the streets at night.  

Find out more about Msingi and Nairobi Noir here

Friday, 9 May 2014

Funky Illustrations and Swahili Sayings

I recently discovered the work of Musa Omusi thanks to tumblr and boy am I glad I did. I particularly like his Misemo Project, which combines his funky illustrations with Swahili sayings. 

Musa Omusi

Watch: "Touch" by Shola Amoo (Video)

We love the futuristic short film "Touch" from London based Nigerian filmmaker Shola Amoo! In the film, Jessica and George meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever.

The film addresses society's current dependence on technology, and how it has further complicated how people relate to each other both emotionally and physically.

Follow Shola Amoo on facebook for more information about his work.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Listen: "Nzima" by Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana pays tribute to the victims of the 2012 Marikana Massacre in her latest single "Nzima."

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Kinshasa: An Alternate Perspective

In the surreal photo series Un regard, Congolese photographer Kiripi Katembo Siku shows the streets of Kinshasa through reflections in puddles. In many African countries, the drainage systems are so poor that heavy rains often leave behind huge puddles of water. The puddles are often a combination of sewer and rain water, and it is these puddles that Siku uses as his palette in his beautifully composed photos. 

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