And in this first episode of the new year, we speak to award-wining filmmaker, visionary and self-taught, self-promoted film educator Amil Shivji. I met Amil in New York as part of our Africa First win many years ago and at some point in our trip, we were 2 starry-eyed Africans, stuck in a Halloween Parade in the middle of Greenwich Village, listening to Swedish House Mafia amazed at how many people don't mind walking around half naked in freezing weather, just to celebrate Halloween! We have both grown since then and we speak about the idea of African cinema; What is it? Does anyone even know...? We discuss how the process of cinema can be so extractive, contracting the overall experience and how we can make it more collaborative as Africans. There are on set stories stories about disrupting communities, ginger tea and ostentatious African weddings and having a proud and solid African identity.
Amil's new period love story, Vuta N'Kuvute or Tug of War is set to be release in the last half of 2021!
Links to some of Amil's work can be found below:
And on KWELI TV!
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