Contemporary Black Cinema
For its Contemporary Black Cinema series, Filmatique presents five films from Nigeria, Angola, Italy and the UK that explore contemporary black identity onscreen.
C. J. Obasi's micro-budget zombie film Ojuju doubles as an allegory for the lack of resources faced by many in Africa's richest nation. Destiny Ekaragha's Gone Too Far! comically juxtaposes two Nigerian brothers' varying efforts to assimilate in South London, while celebrated short filmmaker Rob Brown's Sixteen portrays a young man's struggle to cope with his shameful past as a child soldier. Marío Bastos' Independência chronicles Angola's colonial history through the repository of memories of several generations; Fred Kudjo Kuwornu's Blaxpoitaliandelves into the history of black performers over the course of a century of Italian cinema.
Featuring three debut narrative features— a horror film, a comedy, and a social-realist drama— alongside two documentaries, Filmatique's Contemporary Black Cinema Series examines issues of colonialism, corruption, assimilation and exploitation through the works of exciting new filmmakers in Africa and the African diaspora of Europe.