Vancouver International Film Festival September 26-October 11th.
By Ariadne Sawyer for the Afro News: TAN the Afro News is honoured to present a quick preview of the African interest Films
at the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival for Afro News magazine. The Vancouver International Film festival is from September 26 – October 11. Film info and Ticket sales on http://www.viff.org/beginning September 5. Also, the World Poetry Café Radio Show and the www.worldpoetry.ca site will offer interviews as needed.
Big Men (USA)
Examining the human cost and collateral damage of oil drilling in Africa, Rachel Boynton’s documentary “should come tagged with a warning: The side effects of global capitalism may include dizziness, nausea and seething outrage… Big Men digs in deep and spins a sprawling tale–a real-life Chinatown or There Will Be Blood.”—Variety
Emmy-winning 60 Minutes producers Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky tell the near-unbelievable story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force, a group of mercenaries trained by former Special Forces operative Roger Carstens to combat Somali pirates. A gripping chronicle of high-seas warfare and an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness.
Chad/France | Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
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Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) follows the exploits of a disabled young man (Souleymane Démé) who still manages to wow them on the dance floor. When he gets involved with gangsters, however, the music stops… “A calm, lucid drama… the director’s compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Démé.”—Guardian
TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE (Senegal)
Coumba and Debo, sisters from a Sengalese village, are the first of the family to attend school. When their brother is injured, father decides to sell young Debo as a bride. Coumba concocts a plan to save her… Jeremy Tiecher’s accomplished and understated drama sensitively captures the tradition/modernity split in Africa today.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (South Africa)
When an Afrikaan man romances a Zulu woman, there’s bound to be a price to pay. In the case of Fanie and Dinky, it’s her dowry (known in South Africa as lobola). Cultures clash and sparks fly in Henk Pretorius’ star-crossed romantic comedy. Winner, Audience Award, Seattle 2013.
Another good documentary at upcoming VIFF!
“Local filmmaker Vic Sarin (born in India) has a new documentary called HUE. It is about colourism — when people from one race discriminate against others of that race based on their skin tone – and he tracks this over several continents, and the business that has arisen from people wanting to lighten their skin.” Ellie O’ Day.
“Giant steps have been taken world-wide to eliminate racism, yet an ancient and widespread form of discrimination called colourism — when people from one race discriminate against others of that race based on their skin tone — has been largely ignored. Hue, the latest documentary from acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, Vic Sarin, brings us face to face with the effects of this insidious form of intolerance.” http://www.sepiafilms.com/productions/inproduction/hue/hue.html
Come see these great films! Buy tickets at http://www.viff.org/
Source for films and photo: VIFF.