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London Migration Film Festival: Crossing Voices with Intro

28 Novembre 2022 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #2022, #cinema, #africa, #festival, #UK, #ENG

Using rare cinematic, photographic and sound archives, Crossing Voices recounts the exemplary adventure of Somankidi Coura, an agricultural cooperative created in Mali in 1977 by western African immigrant workers living in workers’ residences in France.
 

The story of this improbable, utopic return to the homeland follows a winding path that travels through ecological challenges, neo-colonialism, and conflicts on the African continent from the 1970s to the present day.

Watch it at Genesis Cinema on Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 8.50pm.

Join the discussion with director Raphaël Grisey on Wednesday 30/11 from 8pm (free), followed by the screening of CROSSING VOICES at 8.50pm.

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Le film "The Woman King" inspiré par les Ahosis du Dahomey

9 Octobre 2022 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #cinema, #histoire, #benin, #afrique, #FR

Le film "The Woman King" retrace l'histoire extraordinaire des Ahosis, une unité de guerrières qui protégèrent le royaume du Dahomey au XIXème siècle en Afrique de l'Ouest. Leurs aptitudes et leur fureur n'ont jamais trouvé d'égal.

Les Amazones du Royaume du Dahomey

Les Amazones du Royaume du Dahomey

Les Ahosis, ou Minos étaient un régiment militaire de femmes du peuple Fon. Elles constituaient l'armée du royaume du Dahomey, l'actuel Bénin. Ahosi veut dire en langue Fon épouse du roi, et Minos nos mères. Celles que les européens appelaient amazones étaient formées à combattre et à tuer. C'était des combattantes sans pitié.

L’ascension du royaume du Dahomey

Jusqu’à ces dernières décennies, la grande majorité des représentations de la culture populaire de l’Afrique ont caractérisé le continent comme un milieu agraire non civilisé avant l’arrivée d’Européens comme l’explorateur portugais Henri le Navigateur au 15ème siècle. Au contraire, de puissantes civilisations anciennes ont prospéré sur tout le continent, y compris la terre préhistorique de Pount et les royaumes d’Axoum et de Nubie dans le nord-est de l’Afrique; les empires ouest-africains des Ashanti, du Mali et des Songhaï; et le Royaume du Zimbabwe.

En Afrique de l’Ouest, le Dahomey s’est taillé un héritage d’une puissance indélébile. Le royaume a établi un gouvernement bien organisé dans lequel le roi était considéré comme semi-divin et avait un contrôle absolu sur les affaires économiques, politiques et sociales. Il était soutenu par un conseil de fonctionnaires choisis dans la classe des roturiers en raison de leur allégeance au roi et de leur engagement envers le développement de la nation.

Origines des guerrières du Dahomey

Un récit de leurs origines soutient qu’elles étaient des chasseuses d’éléphants qui servaient sous le roi Houegbadja, le troisième roi du Dahomey, d’environ 1645 à 1685. Connu sous le nom de Gbeto en langue Fon, elles « chassaient toutes sortes de gibier, y compris les éléphants, les animaux les plus précieux et les plus difficiles à tuer ». Les Gbeto sont alors intégrés dans l’armée de femmes soldats. Elles portaient des chemisiers et des shorts marrons et bleus jusqu’aux genoux.

Ces combattantes étaient également connues sous d’autres noms dans les langues Fon, y compris Agojie, Agoji, Mino ou Minon. Mais l’histoire d’origine dominante des guerrières du Dahomey est que le groupe a été formé à la demande de la reine Hangbe, fille de Houegbadja, qui a accédé au pouvoir après la mort de son frère jumeau Akaba dans des circonstances mystérieuses au début des années 1700. Le fait que Hangbe ait amassé un escadron de femmes prêtes à mourir pour la protéger et protéger leur royaume était un exploit impressionnant dans la société profondément patriarcale du Dahomey. Ces combattantes n’étaient pas des concubines ou des servantes obligées de s’en remettre aux caprices de n’importe quel homme. Elles étaient réputées pour leur zèle et leur férocité. Les plus redoutables étaient armés de fusils. Il y avait aussi des chasseuses et des espionnes. Elles s'entrainaient régulièrement pour être physiquement et mentalement aptes au combat. Elles chantaient : « Les hommes, les hommes restent ! Que les hommes restent ! Puissent-ils cultiver du maïs et faire pousser des palmiers... Nous allons à la guerre. » Lorsqu’elles n’étaient pas au combat, elles gardaient les palais royaux d’Abomey et cultivaient des fruits et des légumes. ElIes pouvaient aussi prendre des captifs à vendre comme esclaves.

Inspiré de faits réels, The Woman King suit le destin épique de la Générale Nanisca, qui entraîne une nouvelle génération de recrues et les prépare à la bataille contre un ennemi déterminé à détruire leur mode de vie, voir la bande annonce du film ci-dessous.

 

Source: National Geographic

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The film documentary African Apocalypse is now available in Hausa

14 Juillet 2022 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #cinema, #blackhistory, #UK, #ENG

Fresh from a successful release of the film in cinemas and on TV in West Africa, this screening of African Apocalypse, on Saturday 16th July at Arnolfini, Bristol, will be the UK premiere of the 2022 version in Hausa (with English subtitles) produced by the filmmakers in partnership with Arewa 24 Television in Kano, Nigeria. It will be followed by a short break then a panel discussion chaired by PARC board member Peninah Achieng-Kindberg with director Rob Lemkin and film participants Amina Weira and Ibro Abdou (streamed from Niger) joined by film maker and writer Imruh Bakari and Luke Wentworth from #GladColstonsGone Solidarity Group, Founder CEO of TOPPLE Consultancy.

This event is co-hosted by Migration Mobilities Bristol, Perivoli Africa Research Centre and Film and Television (University of Bristol) with Afrika Eye

All income from ticket sales will go to the Sanctuary Scholars Legal Fund to help pay for legal costs for University of Bristol Sanctuary Scholars.

Click on the link below to book your ticket now.

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Dolapo is Fine!

27 Décembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #ENG, #cinema

We came across this really insightful and well executed short over the weekend,  directed by Ethosheia Hylton and written by Joan Iyiola and Chibundu Onuzo in 2020. Dolapo is a Nigerian student at a British boarding school who hopes for a career in the finance sector. However, her assigned advisor, also Nigerian, advises her to change the nickname she goes by and her natural hair to assimilate and be taken seriously for a pending interview. Dolapo's identity is put in question for the very first time, it seems, and her journey considering change will lead her on the road to self-determination. This short challenges the narrative of assimilation to succeed or reach our goals, we highly recommend it. It is currently available on Netflix. Click below to watch a trailer.

What is Kwanzaa?

As previously mentioned, today is Day 2 of Kwanzaa. Unlike other celebrations over the holidays, Kwanzaa is a non-religious but a cultural celebration. It's a weeklong observerd from 26th December to 1st January of each year. Each day highlights a core principle which is symbolised by lighting a candle. It culminates in gift giving and a big feast. The 7 principles derive from the Swahili languague and honor African heritage. They are inspired by African harvest celebrations such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University, in 1966. He created this holiday in response to the Watt Riots in Los Angeles in 1965 as a way to bring African-Americans together as a community.

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1980 cult movie Babylon finally got a U.S. release 30 years later!!

14 Mars 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #cinema, #music, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG, #uk

Brinsley Forde in the 1980 cult reggae movie 'Babylon.'

Brinsley Forde in the 1980 cult reggae movie 'Babylon.'

"For years, it was impossible to get eyeballs on 'Babylon" unless you ponied up for a bootleg — Forde recalls seeing copies “that looked like they were recorded off of fuzzy TVs, going for $400 on eBay.”

But because of both the reggae-soundtrack connection and its revolutionary stance, folks still sought Babylon out wherever they could. After the film finally came out on DVD in England in 2009, a whole other generation caught up with it. Grime musicians started namechecking it; Dizzee Rascal’s “Can’t Tek No More,” which takes it name from part of the toast that Blue delivers during the movie’s climax, enlisted Forde himself to sing the hook rather than merely sampling it. And its gritty, street-level sense of reportage — the way it sometimes makes you forget that you’re not watching a work of fiction — hasn’t lost its sense of urgency. “No one was showing this world on British screens at that time,Forde says. “No one.’" - Source: Rolling Stone

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AMANI - the TRUE story of a knife crime survivor on a quest to empower 2 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE!

20 Février 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #society, #cinema, #amani, #ENG, #uk

‘AMANI’ is a short inspirational film, starring Joivan Wade, Leroy Logan MBE and Duayne Boachie, based on the true inner reflections of Amani Simpson, producer and co-writer, after he was stabbed 7 times. This powerful autobiographical piece takes the the audience on a rollercoaster journey of faith and self-discovery. 

AMANI    SIMPSON  has    already    been    featured    on    BBC    London    News,    ITV    News,    London    Live    &    in    the    Evening    Standard.   After    battling    PTSD, he  has    rebuilt    his    life    through    social    enterprise    and    personal    development    over    the    last    7    years.    He    is    on    a    mission    to    EMPOWER    2    MILLION    YOUNG    PEOPLE    to    make    positive    choices    and    aspire    higher    before    it’s    too    late.    He    plans    to    take    the    film    and    empowerment    workshops    into    schools,    prisons,    YOS    and    PRU’s    from    March    2019.    

AMANI was released online on Sunday 13th January 2019 and reached over 1 million views in less than a month. 
 
What the press is saying:
   

 

As    well    as    raising    awareness    of    the    project,    Amani    &    Aviard   Inspires    are    also    seeking    public    donations    towards    their    £35K  GofundMe Campaign:    see link below

Other info

 Starring:    Joivan    Wade    (The    First    Purge,    Shiro’s    Story),    Leroy    Logan    MBE    (Former    Superintendent    of    the    Police)    &    Duayne    Boachie    (Hollyoaks)    
 
Directed    by:    Richard    Kattah    of    Little    Drops    Productions    (Timelin3,    To    The    Power    Of    Ten) 

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Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro showcases African Cultures

22 Septembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #cinema, #afroculture, #2018, #tangonegro, #dompedro, #dance, #music, #ENG

Photo Credit: Tempo Tango

Photo Credit: Tempo Tango

Dom Pedro chose filmmaking to spread the history of our African cultures across the world, especially the history of the kingdom of Kongo.

Originally from Angola, Dom Pedro would escape Angola as a teenager due to cilvil war, leaving his parents behind.  Nevertheless, his native land would remain at the centre of his inspiration and creativity, as well as memories of the motherland. Consequently, his love for his culture prompted him to share it with the rest of the world. In fact, he sees it as his life's mission to see African Cultures take their rightful place on the world's stage and to tell the untold story of the motherland so that humanity has a 360° degrees knowledge and vision of itself, Africa being the craddle of mankind.

In one of his most recent and famous documentary "Tango Negro, the African Roots of Tango" (2013), Dom Pedro captured on the screen the social and cultural impact that slavery had on African people and the environment they were forced in, having been snatched away from their homes, families, and natural habitat. We can feel their sadness, nostalgia and the tragedy so profoundly expressed in the musical and dance art form of Tango.

Juan Carlos Caceres, the late acclaimed Argentinian pianist who served as the film composer and passed away in 2015,  would say in the film. "The tango is made up of three sadnesses, three memories," ... "The immigrants' sadness. The gaucho's sadness, people who lived in the country. And finally the Blacks' sadness, who didn't come here as immigrants, but who were brought here, leaving their lives in Africa."

Dom Pedro has produced a number of films and documentaries as listed below. He currently is working on a production centered around the Kingdom of Kongo.


- Ray Lema,1997,Tout Partout Partager, 1997. Doc. Musical (RDcongo)
- Bonga, au nom de la liberté.2000. (Angola). Documentary- Portrait. Musique.
- PACO, 2002. Film de fiction. Séléction FESPACO-Burkina Faso. (Angola).
- Barani, Histoire d'une tradition, Documentaire de Pierre Yaméogo. 2002 Assistant 
- Le long chemin vers la Paix. 2002, (Angola). Documentaire sur la guerre.
- Kin-Malebo Danse. 2005. Musical Documentary (2x 52mns)
- Congo: Rythmes et Rumba congolaise. 2006. Musical Documentary
- Michelino, Star de la rumba. 2006. Doc. Portrait d'un artiste-guitariste.
- Pépé Felly, l'âme de Zaïko Langa Langa. Musical documentary. 2006
- Rido Bayonne - BORN IN AFRICA. Artiste du Congo-Brazzaville.Doc. 2007.

Caro Sika with filmmaker Dom Pedro

Caro Sika with filmmaker Dom Pedro

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BLAKSOX and KUSH FILMS HOSTED multi-award documentary WINNIE

22 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #cinema, #event, #afroculture, #2018, #winniemandela, #kushfilms, #blaksox, #ENG, #uk

Winnie the documentary from Pascale Lamche

Winnie the documentary from Pascale Lamche

Winnie Mandela : leader of a nation

Thursday 21st June 2018, on the Summer Solstice day, ushering us into a new season, over 100 leading women and men from across the corporate sector, government and civil society, congregated at the Regent Street Cinema in the West End to pay tribute to Winnie Mandela, who passed on 2nd April 2018 at the age of 81 years old. The aim of the event organised by Blaksox and Kush Films, hosted by Patricia Lamour (MBE), representing GEEDA (Gender Education & Enterprise Development for Africa), was to educate and empower a generation of young women’s leadership focussed audience for change and to redefine the role of African Women, by extension of Black Women in Society.

 

See trailer of the movie below:

For pics and more info on the event, continue reading

(above) Viv Ahmun representing Blaksox and Marlon Palmer from Kushfilms.com
(above) Viv Ahmun representing Blaksox and Marlon Palmer from Kushfilms.com

(above) Viv Ahmun representing Blaksox and Marlon Palmer from Kushfilms.com

An after-film discussion followed the screening of the movie with a panel composed of Micheline Ravololonarisoa, independent gender consultant and activist, Advocate Sabelo Sibanda, serving in the Office of the Presidency of the Pan-Afrikanist Congress of Azania (who joined the discussion via video link), Hayley Sarah Jane Mills, (OMD EMEA) a South African National and a strategy manager for EMEA of the global media network OMD and Pascale Lamche, « Winnie »’s film director.

“She was the barometer for the political temperature in the country and brushed patriarchal and conservative conventions aside, within her own culture, by keeping a finger on the pulse of the youth and by leading from the front.”

Pascale Lamche explained that the aim of the documentary was to show how Winnie Mandela was politically neutralised by those who wanted to control the entire transition process of the ANC coming to power once Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years of incarceration on 11th February 1990. In this historical account and perspective of the life of Winnie Mandela, we see how she remained a voice of resistance, never to be silenced, despite the forces unleashed to ban the ANC revolutionary movement, in spite of being demonised by the apartheid regime which used counter revolutionary tactics such as « Operation Romulus » to discredit her and oust her from the political scene. Winnie remained undeterred as a warrior Queen for her people.

For more info on the event, continue reading below:

Winnie Mandela Leader of a Nation

Winnie Mandela Leader of a Nation

Panelist Hayley Sarah Jane Mills would portray Winnie Mandela as the soul of the nation and the heroine of South African women who had to be the breadwinners of their households, as drugs and alcohol diabolically flooded South African shanti towns, one of the the many tactics used by the Apartheid regime to wipe out and disempower black men to contribute positively to the economy and development of their communities.

Although Winnie set the tone for the conduct of Black South African women, old and young and was a role model to them, Hayley didn’t consider Nelson Mandela in the same way. Chris Hani, who was in charge of the military section of the ANC, was her choice for president ; she considered Nelson Mandela to be the Apartheid regime’s choice or « The White man’s choice » as she would state. When Chris Hani was brutally assassinated on 10th April 1983, the hopes for important grassroot reforms to be on the top of priorities at the table of the negotiations with the ex apartheid regime were greatly compromised. Nelson Mandela, now isolated from Winnie, whom he eventually divorced prior to running for presidency, was considered to have agreed to too many compromises. The consequences are still visible today as reforms that would empower Blacks are still lacking such as land restoration and access to free education. Chukuma, an attendee, would rightly point out that as we speak 78% of the land is still in the hands of a small minority of white settlers.

For more info on the event, continue reading below

Hayley Sarah Jane Mills

Hayley Sarah Jane Mills

The event was a resounding success ; it touched and inspired all attending.

« I am inspired and empowered to be for my nation and my generation what Winnie Mandela was to hers… a powerful, purposeful and progressive black woman. My life will never be the same » Karen Allen, attendee

Today, the life and struggle of Winnie Mandela, mirror those of powerful ancestral African Warrior Queens, who led nations and stood firm against colonialism, defiant in the face of injustice. It is our LEGACY !! as African, Black women and as a Black nation.

Mama Winnie, as we call her, is a tribute to African women’s inner strength, their efficiency, bravery and resilience. Winnie Mandela teaches us that it is possible to be political and a woman. GEEDA invites young women to construct their own narrative and map their vision of the future and their contribution to society as leaders. Young women must redefine their reality for a better and a fairer world !!!!

To follow GEEDA’s work, an international consultancy hub of gender and women empowerment experts and advocates, part of the Aspire Education Group Ltd, visit www.aspireeducationgroup.com @GEEDA_blog

Blaksox is an Asset Based Community Development movement committed to social action that is self-determining. They benchmark those organisations that have survived and more importantly thrived, as very few of them are African/Black organisations based in the UK and Europe. For  more info, visit www.blaksox.com .

Kush Films is the UK's leading Marketing/PR and Exhibition specialist of Black Films and is pleased to be celebrating 20 years of the UK's longest running and most renowned urban film club the Kush Film Boutique - Join fellow film-fan professionals monthly at the Regent Street Cinema for the best in black film Entertainment. For more info, visit www.kushfilms.com 

 See links below:

Patricia Lamour from Geeda and Marlon Palmer from Kush Films with Caro Sika

Patricia Lamour from Geeda and Marlon Palmer from Kush Films with Caro Sika

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AFRO beat film project of the filmmaker Ne Kunda Nlaba

11 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #cinema, #dance, #music, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #nekundanlaba, #ENG, #uk

Ne Kunda Nlaba, Congolese filmmaker, talks to me about his journey producing films during a coffee break in Brixton Lounge

While his passion for art has been evolving from young, it is in 2007 that Ne Kunda Nlaba chooses to focus on cinematography. According to him, filmmaking is the fusion of all the arts such as music, dance, photography, acting and others. Yet, his experience in Kinshasa, Congo, was that " creativity was there but resources were scarce". Creative Africans were confronted with the fact that although rich in ideas, investors did not support them financially. Ne Kunda observes that there is a work of valorization of the African cinema which is necessary in order for African investors to understand the value of producing films as an art and industry which could, in turn, encourage its development. According to him, the old paradigm needs to change. Since cinema has existed in Africa, the sources of funding almost came exclusively from Europe and filmmakers solely relied on foreign grants to carry out a project. This culture must change and we must apply different economic models to attract local investments..

Therefore, it is a year after his arrival in London that Ne Kunda Nlaba would have the opportunity to achieve his first short film. See below for the complete filmography of Ne Kunda Nlaba:


1. "The next" (2009), short film
2. "The Steel Pan" (2010) documentary
3. "Living without living" (2011) Documentary of 16 min
4. " Honey Bondowe" (2012), his first long-fiction film
5. "Abeti Masikini: The Battle of a woman" (2015) Documentary film
6. "Kimpa Vita: the Mother of the African revolution" (2016) documentary film


A committed artist, Ne Kunda Nlaba is often inspired by his own experiences and environment;  as for example the documentary Living without living, which speaks of Congolese refugees waiting for regularization of their stay in England; or Kimpa Vita, the mother of the Kongo resistance to the western invasion and colonialism, yet occulted by history. He would say "Through this documentary, I wanted to trace the life of the mother of the African revolution" Kimpa Vita" her fight for freedom, against slavery and the massacre and deportations of the people of the Kongo, as well as the restoration of the Kongo kingdom …" Ne Kunda Nlaba is a filmmaker who wants to use art for change.


For more info on the project Afro Beat, please continue to read below:

Ne Kunda Nlaba's new project "Afro Beat" is a long-fiction film in pre-production in which he is the producer, director and screenwriter. With Afro BeatNe Kunda wanted to work on a project representative of the African diasporas in England. Afrobeat is a musical genre that is increasingly gaining fame and notoriety and which is in phase with a younger public. Through Afro BeatNe Kunda brings a message tackling racism, discrimination, the difficulties that the minority communities may face in order to find a job at the height of their qualifications or ambitions, which often lead them to pursue other professional activities to make a living. And such is the plot of the film. Mala, a law graduate is destined for a career as a lawyer but chooses dance and choreography after failed attempts to find a job in Law firms. By borrowing money to Cahsman to start his business, he will confront  impossible situations orchestrated by the latter in order to compel him to sell drugs for him. His only way out: win a great competition of Afrobeat to reimburse Cashman.


Ne Kunda Nlaba invites us to take part and contribute to this project through crowdfunding. Afrobeat is a movie of positive representation of the Afro Community and which puts to contribution a young talented cast. The objective of the campaign of Crowdfunding is to raise £30,000, which represents less than a quarter of the budget of the film amounting to £100,000.


For more info, see the link below:

Ne Kunda Nlaba with Caro Sika

Ne Kunda Nlaba with Caro Sika

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AFRO BEAT projet cinématographique du cinéaste Ne Kunda Nlaba

11 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #cinema, #carosika, #danse, #musique, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #nekundanlaba, #FR

bande annonce AFRO BEAT

Ne Kunda Nlaba, cinéaste congolais, me parle de son parcours en tant que cinéaste lors d'une pause café à Brixton Lounge. Alors qu’il évolue depuis son plus jeune âge dans le milieu du théâtre, de la musique et de la danse et qu’il est conscient des ses talents artistiques depuis l’école, c’est en 2007 qu’il choisit de se focaliser sur le cinéma. Selon lui, le cinéma est la mise en commun de tous les arts. En effet, en réalisant un film, plusieurs éléments sont associés tels que la musique, la danse, la photographie, l’interprétation et autres. Pourtant, son expérience à Kinshasa était que « la créativité était là mais il y avait peu de moyens ». Les créatifs africains étaient confrontés au fait que bien que riche d’idées, les investisseurs ne soutenaient pas financièrement les projets cinématographiques.

Ne Kunda observe qu’il y a un profond travail de valorisation du cinéma africain qui est nécessaire afin de faire comprendre la valeur du film en tant qu’art et industrie ce qui pourrait favoriser son développement. Selon lui, il est nécessaire de changer le paradigme car depuis que le cinéma existe en Afrique, les sources de financement venaient quasi exclusivement de l’Europe et les cinéastes s’appuyaient uniquement sur ces subventions pour mener à bien un projet. Cette culture doit changer d’où l’utilité d’inciter les investisseurs africains à investir dans leurs propres films et de leur proposer des modèles économiques différents en vue de tirer un profit.

 C’est donc un an après son arrivée à Londres que Ne Kunda Nlaba aura l’opportunité de réaliser son 1er court métrage. Voir ci-dessous pour la filmographie complète de Ne Kunda Nlaba:

1. « The Next » (2009), court métrage

2. « The Steel Pan » (2010) documentaire

3. « Living Without Living » (2011) documentaire de 16 min

4. « Chérie Bondowe » (2012), son premier long-métrage de fiction

5. « Abeti Masikini : Le Combat d’une Femme » (2015) film documentaire

6. « Kimpa Vita: La Mère de la Révolution Africaine » (2016) film documentaire

Artiste engagé, Ne Kunda Nlaba s’inspire souvent de faits qui le touchent de près comme par exemple le documentaire Living without Living qui parle des réfugiés congolais en attente de régularisation de séjour en Angleterre ou Kimpa Vita, grand personnage occulté de la résistance Kongolaise à l’invasion occidentale et au colonialisme. Il en dira « à travers ce film documentaire, je veux retracer la vie de la mère de la révolution africaine « Kimpa Vita » en faisant découvrir sa lutte, son combat pour la liberté, la restauration du royaume Kongo et la lutte contre l’esclavage, le massacre et les déportations du peuple Kongo… » Ne Kunda est un cinéaste qui veut apporter le vent du changement et il estime que c’est un des rôles de l’art.

Pour plus d'infos sur le projet Afro Beat, continuez à lire ci-dessous:

Son nouveau projet « Afro Beat » est un long-métrage de fiction en pré-production dans lequel Ne Kunda Nlaba est producteur, réalisateur et scénariste. Avec Afro Beat, Ne Kunda désirait travailler sur un projet représentatif de la diaspora africaine en Angleterre. L’afrobeat est un genre musical qui prend de l’ampleur au niveau de l’industrie musicale et qui est en phase avec un public plus jeune. Par ce biais, Ne Kunda apporte un message concernant le racisme, la discrimination, les difficultés auxquelles les communautés minoritaires peuvent faire face pour trouver un emploi à la hauteur de leurs qualifications ou ambitions, faute desquelles elles se redirigent dans d’autres domaines pour survivre. Et telle est l’intrigue du film. Mala, diplômé de droit se destine à une carrière d’avocat mais se réorientera vers la danse et la chorégraphie pour gagner sa vie. En empruntant de l’argent à Cahsman pour démarrer son affaire, il se verra confronter à des situations impossibles orchestrées par ce dernier afin de le contraindre à devenir un dealer de drogue. Sa seule issue : gagner une grande compétition d’afrobeat afin de rembourser Cashman.

Ne Kunda Nlaba nous invite à prendre part et contribuer à ce projet par le biais d’un financement participatif. Afrobeat fait partie des films à représentation positive de la communauté afro et qui met à contribution de jeunes acteurs talentueux. L’objectif de la campagne de crowdfunding est de pouvoir réunir £30,000, ce qui n'est même pas un quart du budget du film qui se chiffre à £100 000.

Pour plus d’infos, voir le lien du Crowdfunding ci-dessous.

Ne Kunda Nlaba et Caro Sika

Ne Kunda Nlaba et Caro Sika

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