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Opinion

There couldn't be a better time to adapt '40M Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Black Athlete'

— Harry Belafonte waxing metaphoric in 2016 on the outrage over Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem, in protest: "To mute the slave has always been in the best interest of slave owners." — “Sports on the plantation were used as diversions to dull the revolutionary instinct.” William C. Rhoden, author Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and...

Film,Trailer

Poster & trailer released for Ernest Dickerson’s Curacao-set 'Double Play'

Director Ernest Dickerson's much anticipated next feature film, Double Play, made its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in February of this year. Based on the the internationally lauded novel of the same name by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, the film stars Colin Salmon, Lennie James, Alexander Karim, Isaach De Bankolé, and Mustafa...

Television

Leading animation studio Triggerfish, CAKE partner on 'Mama K's Super 4' animated series

South Africa’s leading Triggerfish Animation Studios has partnered up with CAKE, one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies specializing in the production, distribution, development, and financing of kids’ and family properties,  to co-produce a new comedy action animated series titled Mama K’s Super 4. Triggerfish, whose credits include acclaimed animated...

Festivals,Film,Reviews

Mythic 'Five Fingers for Marseilles' is a necessary addition to the Western canon (TIFF Review)

The Western film genre as we know it is unique to a specific period and place. It's instantly recognizable. Single-road small towns on barren landscapes populated by ranchers, cowboys or nomadic gunslingers accompanied by horses, each on some mission that's typically central to the narrative: protecting loved ones and property from outlaw gangs; revenge; stories about lawmen or bounty...

Trailer,Film

Strand acquires potential Oscar contender 'Félicité', sets release date & premieres trailer

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Félicité, French-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis' latest feature, which continues to rack up top international film festival awards, most recently named the best fiction feature film at the 14th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier (FCAT 2017) - the festival’s highest prize - and the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at...