Tag: African movie stars

Egyptian movie wins 2 awards at Brooklyn Film Festival

The Egyptian movie “Between Two Seas” directed by Anas Tolba won the prize for the best narrative film and the Mariam Naoum Art Achievement Award at the end of the 22nd edition of the Brooklyn Film Festival, which ran from May 31 to June 9 in United States of America.

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences.

With its Migration Stories Film Series, the African Diaspora International Film Festival presents a rich palette of migration stories from around the world.

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Netflix acquires Senegalese Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Grand Prix’ winner

Netflix has signaled that Africa holds massive untapped potential for their expansion — and even Thierry Fremaux recognizes the continent is about to have a filmmaking explosion.

By Tambay Obenson


 Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia, France) to French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature debut, the award winning “Atlantics,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

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The 26th New York African Film Festival opens at Lincoln Center May 30 – June 4

By Wilson Morales

The 26th New York African Film Festival(NYAFF) kicks off at BAM Film on Thursday, May 23, and runs through Monday, May 27, as a part of BAM’s popular dance and music festival.

The popular festival includes 68 films of multiple genres from 31 countries across the diaspora, and is presented by FLC and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF).

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Egyptian-Canadian Mena Massoud is Aladdin, with Will Smith as Genie

Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, who stars in the anticipated live action reboot of Aladdin alongside Will Smith, sent a dedicated message to his Egyptian fans on social media to express his pride of being Egyptian and encourage his fans to see it.

Titled ‘Egypt, this one’s for you!’, Massoud begins the video with “Oh Egyptian people, greetings!”

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Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku plays lead role in new CBS show 

Here’s why this is such a big deal

By Inemesit Udodiong


CBS has ordered seven new series for the 2019–20 season. The lineup includes Chuck Lorre‘s sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” starring Folake Olowofoyeku, Billy Gardell and Shola Adewusi.

It is a love story that sees a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit, played by Gardell, fall for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant played by Olowofoyeku.

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Ghanaian-American, Micheal Blankson, may get role in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel?

By saanchi kaushik

The highly anticipated “Coming to America” sequel is well underway. Moreover, It seems as the original film’s leading man, Eddie Murphy, has seriously taken Akon’s suggestions. This to cast authentic African natives in the movie to heart. Continue reading “Ghanaian-American, Micheal Blankson, may get role in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel?”

Oscar-Winning Egyptian-American Actor, Rami Malek, To Play villain In New James Bond Film

Egyptian-American Oscar winner, Rami Malek, has hinted he would appear as a villain in the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, alongside a cast including Ralph Fiennes and Lea Seydoux.

Rami Malek, who won the Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, said in a video message: “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this”.

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Kenya Banned Her Film for Its ‘Corrupt’ Lesbian Romance. So She Showed It Off to the World.

By Joseph Longo
Rafiki, based on the Ugandan short story “Jambula Tree” by Monica Arac de Nyeko, follows a Kenyan Romeo and Juliet romance between the daughters of rival politicians. Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) explore first-time love in a country where being gay is illegal. Doused with saturated colors and tender performances, Rafiki is a rarity in queer cinema with a bright and hopeful tone.

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Egyptian star Badreya to co-star with Jackie Chan in “Vanguard”

By Angy Essam
Famed Egyptian/American actor Sayed Badreya is currently shooting his role in “Vanguard” movie alongside the megastar Jackie Chan.
Badreya told Egypt Today that ‘’Vanguard’’ will be a massive global production.

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Mo Salah and Rami Malek Among TIME’s 2019 Most Influential 100

Egyptian football sensation Mohamed Salah has been listed among the TIME’s 2019 most influential people.

The 26 year old star also features on the cover of the magazine. Inside, HBO John Oliver paid tribute to the footballer, calling him an “an “iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over.”

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‘The Burial Of Kojo’ Ghanaian director Blitz Bazawule isn’t here to give you “normal” filmmaking

In his feature film debut The Burial of Kojo, Blitz Bazawule tells a story of two brothers through the gaze of a gifted girl who travels between gorgeous lands that exist in life and death.

It’s not your ordinary narrative film, but a cinematic fable that is surreal, magical and infused with Afrofuturistic elements. Yes, it is complex and yes, it will probably make your brain bleed with its visual prowess, but Bazawule isn’t here to give you normal. He’s here to change the game while rattling your senses with a dose of global and inclusive storytelling. As Bazawule said, “Nobody cares about normal, right?”

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African culture comes alive in ‘The Burial of Kojo’ by Ghanaian, Blitz the Ambassador

By Glenn Kenny

When musicians turn to film directing, it doesn’t always work out. Ask anyone who’s seen Bob Dylan’s nearly-five-hour musical romance “Renaldo and Clara” (although that oddity does have its wary admirers).

But it more than works out with “The Burial of Kojo,” written, directed and scored by Blitz Bazawule, a Ghana-born musician now based in New York who traveled back to his birth country to make this dazzling modern fable.

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Kris Mokwunye takes Nigerian short films to America

Kris Mokwunye, 25, is a Nigerian filmmaker, content creator and a lover of creative works generally. All his life, from secondary school to university education, he has been doing creative works.

An award-winning short filmmaker, his showbiz career started with organising an event, Chill with a Star, before branching into filmmaking, which saw him garlanded at the Abuja International Film Festival in 2017.

So far, he has done and directed eight short films, for himself and for others.

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Why is Lupita Nyong’o making Chimamanda’s Americanah?

By Ernest Bazanye

Ms Lupita Nyong’o pleased news magazines when she announced that she is in works to produce a TV miniseries based on Americanah, the award-winning bestselling novel from Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

This news, from the star of Us, has made Africa ecstatic. If you feel left out, here is the simple explanation.

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