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A Closer Look at Bissau-Guinean Cinema

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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”

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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?

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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

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

What Black Panther’s Success Means For African Cinema

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

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")

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