By Ebimo Amungo
A Kenyan produced film, “The Letter” has had its Virtual World Premiere after it was aired online at an event hosted by the American Film Institute on June 21. The coronavirus pandemic upended earlier plans to show the film in cinemas. The Letter was produced over the course of six years by Maia Lekow and Christopher King, a husband and wife team who live in Nairobi, Kenya.
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As a young man born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tshopher Kabambi dreamed of making movies. He is the director of “Heart of Africa”, the first Congolese-American production of its kind with a story that conveys Christian themes of brotherly love and overcoming prejudice.
By Trent Toone
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By ELVIS ONDIEKI
A young Kenyan-American is trying hard to make an impression on the American movie industry. Raymond Watanga, 26, left Kenya in 2006 at the age of 12 with his mother and elder brother.
This was after his mother won the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card) to live and work in the United States.
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By Mira Maged
America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Egypt’s acclaimed star Yousra at its seventh edition during its annual dinner that took place in Washington, DC, celebrating the star’s artistic contributions that have presented Americans with remarkable representations of Egyptian history, according to the press release.
The statement applauded Yousra’s significant role in lifting taboos in Egyptian society and generating fruitful social dialogue. The award celebrates Yousra’s entire career.
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By Afua Hirsch
The penny about the US’s worldview dropped for me when I recently interviewed a highly educated, accomplished, politically and racially literate American. I mentioned something about the British empire and he looked at me blankly. “What is that exactly?” he asked.#OscarsSoWhite: a 10-point plan for change by the hashtag’s creator
Excluding Lionheart for using English shows Africans are still expected to satisfy American ideas of authenticity.
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By Fatima Moosa
The Zulu Wedding is finally releasing in cinemas. The movie’s release has been delayed many times in the past two years. The movie is about Lu (Nondumiso Tembe) a dancer from South Africa who is currently working in America. She falls in love with Tex (Darrin Dewitt Henson). However, there’s a problem – Lu has been promised to marry a Zulu prince (Pallance Dladla). Returning home to South Africa with Tex, Lu has to navigate the complication that is her life. The Daily Vox team spoke to about the film’s director Lineo Sekeleoane.
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By Nadia Neophytou
When Euzhan Palcy released the second film she’d ever made, A Dry White Season, in 1989, she wrote herself into the history of filmmaking, becoming the first black female filmmaker to helm a studio movie—one with big name actors and a budget to go along with it. It should have heralded a new era in her life, as a filmmaker of note, but it’s only now, 30 years later, that she looks set to return to her love of cinema.
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BY JANICE WILLIAMS
Viewers will soon be transported to the vast and magical grasslands of Africa when Discovery Channel’s new series, Serengeti, premieres on Sunday. The docuseries follows the heartwarming and harrowing tales of wildlife living within Tanzania’s largest national park.
Kenya native Lupita Nyong’o narrates the six-part series, produced by Emmy-winning filmmakers Simon Fuller and John Downer, who also directed the show.
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by Eve M. Ferguson
The African Diaspora International Film Festival returns to the Marvin Center at George Washington University from Aug. 9-11, celebrating “the human experience of people of color around the world.”
This year showcases heroes of African diaspora history, from the opening night with “Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story,” directed by Art Jones, to the closing night film, “The Robeson Effect,” in which actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, friends for more than 50 years, tell how actor Paul Robeson affected their lives, leading to the creation of the Robey Theater Company in Los Angeles.
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The partnership between Birdman and Solomon Onita to make a new film also has Benny Boom on board.
By Gbenga Bada
Nigerian American filmmaker, Solomon Onita Jr. has partnered with Cash Money’s Birdman for his new film, ‘Tazmanian Devil’.
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