Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Africa

Review: “The Cursed Ones” and the Burden of History

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All-too relevant Ghanaian drama proves that the past has too much power over the present.

Review: “I Am Not a Witch” and the Apathy of the Gullible

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This absurd Zambian comedy skewers those who can’t be bothered to call out injustice because it doesn’t affect them.

Interview: “Five Fingers for Marseilles” Director Michael Matthews and Writer Sean Drummond

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The filmmaking duo behind ' Five Fingers for Marseilles' discuss the decade-long journey of bringing South Africa's first Western to the screen.

Review: “Five Fingers for Marseilles” shows colonialism’s scars in South Africa

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The film transplants the Western genre to South Africa, offering an allegory for colonialism's damaging influence on African nations.

Why I show Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba: La Mort du Prophète” to my students

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Marcus Filipello, a UW Milwaukee history professor, analyzes this documentary on the Congo by Peck (best known for the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro")

Review: Ivory Coast’s “Run” and the tragedy of populism

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Director Philippe Lacôte’s debut feature examines how populism hurts its most dedicated adherents.

Interview: Daniel McCabe’s “This Is Congo” compels us to care about the Congo

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Director Daniel McCabe reveals his intent to confuse, scar, and ultimately engage the audience in his war documentary “This Is Congo”.

Review: “This Is Congo” and the farcical nature of power

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This brilliant war documentary shows that the decades-old Congo conflict is nothing more than a farcical power struggle.

Interview: Berni Goldblat, director of “Wallay”

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Berni Goldblat is the director of "Wallay", which tells a moving coming-of-age story set in Burkina Faso.

Review: Wallay (Burkina Faso/France, 2017)

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This Burkinabe-French coproduction offers an endearing look at a French problem child sent to live with relatives in Burkina Faso.