Profiles of African Filmmakers and Directors who have changed the World through Films (Part I)

In a three part series, we present selected profiles of African Filmmakers and Directors, some of whom, like Ousmane Sembene, are now legends. A number of these filmmakers and directors, successfully taking their destiny into their own hands, rather than go to film school, got a camera and started making films. Our selected filmmakers and…

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The Art of Calligraphy: Faiza Bayou’s Eternity Series

The elegantly rich art of calligraphy has its place in the Arabic and/ Islamic culture. As stated by historians, the art of calligraphy, including its trade, was born in the first Islamic century. Thus, the “concept of calligraphic correctness—that is, legibility and repeatability—began to emerge among the scribes (katibs). This can be observed in probable…

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Timbuktu Is Africa’s Lone Shot At Oscars

In one of these pages, we predicted that 2015 was going to be a good year for Ugandan film. What we forgot, was to tag the African film flag, which is taking remarkable strides in the past few years. Last year, director Roger Ross Williams’ God Loves Uganda made the shortlist; there was a lot…

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Across The King’s River: An enduring film about a personal quest for knowledge and healing

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Egypt bans ‘Zionist’ film Exodus and cites ‘historical inaccuracies’

Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, citing historical inaccuracies, the culture minister said on Friday. The decision comes a day after a similar move by Morocco. The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, relates how Moses helped Israelite slaves flee persecution in Egypt under the Pharaoh Ramses…

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