Real African Films
As we left the cinema after seeing Blood Diamond, my girlfriend commented that it would be nice to see films about Africa that don’t rely on white actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio. Today my newsfeed has declared that “Ezra wins top African film prize“. Ezra? What’s that?
I think its a bit of a tradgedy that a film which has been declared the best its continent has to offer might never be seen on a UK film screen. Wouldn’t it be great if we actually saw what African’s had to say about their continent on our cinema screens? Unsurprisingly most entrants for the prize concerned political and cultural issues facing Africans today. African directors and writers, it seems, have little time for the trivialities of some Western film plots, being confronted with life-and-death politics all around them.