By Didi Cheeka The cover photography speaks volume: bust shot of a Black woman, contrasting her snow-white head-scarf and blouse to her deliberately-emphasized blackness. It is a shot of Waris Dirie on the front cover of the autobiographical novel Desert Flower (seemingly co-authored with Cathleen
by Didi Cheeka Where does history begin? And when is memory born? Memory, all too often, is born with that event in people’s lives that serves as a watershed by which all other events are measured. And then people acquire new identities: victims, survivors, perpetrators.
A Review of Alain Gomis’ Felicité By Didi Cheeka Félicité, by Alain Gomis, is too long and, for the most part, really quite boring. Between participating in screenings and conversations at Critics’ Week Berlin and German African Foundation, reediting digitized footage at Arsenal Film Institute,
A review of ‘Bad Market’ by Paul Gaius By Dare Dan In the novel Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle, the protagonist, a Brit, who comes to Nigeria for a short-term assignment as a journalist, busts a syndicate: an underground network of sex workers and
How to Pluck a Man from a Tree A Review of Get Out by Jordan Peele By Dare Dan How to Pluck a Man from a Tree In the poem cumsong Strange Fruit, made famous by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and many other arrays of important
BLUE IS THE COLOUR OF LOVE A Review of Barry Jenkins Moonlight By Dare Dan Barry Jenkins critically acclaimed film, Moonlight is adapted from a drama piece –“In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” – by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film, structured in three parts, is
How Do We Revisit Memory? Cinema presents memory as a collective commodity, and as a means to tapping into the strength of human existence. It provides a platform for engaging history and questioning the past from the standpoint of the present. When a group of
With support from Goethe-Institut Nigeria and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Lagos Film Society is organising a 2-day programme of screenings and discussions on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2016. The LFS programme is a satellite event of the IREP International Documentary Film Festival,