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A Closer Look at Bissau-Guinean Cinema


Katy Stewart takes us on a journey through one of Africa's most overlooked national cinemas.

Review: The Unwavering Relevance of “The Battle of Algiers”


The Algerian masterpiece remains one of the most relevant films of our time for good reason.

What Does It Mean for Asian-Americans When China’s Most Popular TV Program Is Racist?


What does perceived Asian racism mean for the Asian-American identity?

Why “Who Killed Captain Alex?” is the Most Important African Film of the 21st Century


The Ugandan Action Comedy that became an internet sensation heralds the future of African Cinema

What Black Panther’s Success Means For African Cinema


Could the record-breaking American superhero blockbuster be a game-changer for African Cinema?

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


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


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


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


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


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")

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