International: Africa

Toronto 2021 Review: SALOUM, A Spirited Tale of Revenge on the Senegal Delta

The Saloum Delta in Senegal is a land of cannibal myths and cursed kings. Nowhere is this more true than in Congolese director Jean Luc Herbulot's supernatural skinwalker of a film that brings West African mythology to the criminal getaway...

Friday One Sheet: SALOUM

Forget the old Godardian nugget that all you need is a Girl and a Gun.  How about just a big ass gun? The poster for Senegalese supernatural revenge thriller, Saloum, goes for that Sergio Leone western vibe, with a modern,...

Toronto 2021 Review: NIGHT RAIDERS, Dystopia and Hope of the Past and Future

It can often feel in recent events that we are seeing the end of civilization as we know it (if not the end of human life all together). But too often people, especially white westerners, forget that the end of...

Toronto 2021 Review: MLUNGU WAM, The Toil of Servants, The Power of Masters

Laws might change, but it can takes years, or even generations, to change a society and how it operates. What's bred in the bone cannot be easily overturned, and even as some people might techncially have the hard-fought freedom they...

Review: FAYA DAYI, Artful, Spiritual Anthropological Survey from Ethiopia

Transcending categories, 'Faya Dayi' achieves a deeply spiritual and contemplative viewing experience.

Fantasia 2021 Review: INDEMNITY, This South African Conspiracy Thriller Delivers

Every night, Theo (Jerrid Geduld) is jolted awake by nightmares. He sees his colleagues perish in a sea of out of control flames, and even though he can't exactly pin down why, he feels culpable for their horrific deaths. This...

Fantasia 2021 Review: GLASSHOUSE, Lyrical Dystopian Thriller And The Betrayal of Memories

In a desolate wasteland there is an oasis and in this oasis there is a glass house. In this glass house there lives four women, Mother and her daughters Bee, Evie and Daisy. With them is their brother Gabe and...

Frontières 2021: A Survey of The Official Selection

Well, here we are again. From the comfort of our own home, we once again are ready to chime in on this year’s Frontieres Market and the multitude of projects looking for partnerships that will get their films made.   ...

INDEMNITY Trailer: South African Action Thriller to Have World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival

Check out the action chops in this trailer for Travis Taute's action thriller Indemnity! With just over a week away from the Fantasia Film Festival we get our first taste of one of the films that will get a coveted...

Arrow Video FrightFest 2021: Blomkamp's DEMONIC to Open London Genre Fest

Apart from the reality that England is heading into the Euro final this Sunday and could win it all, the other exciting news this week coming from the island nation was the first twenty-five titles for this year's Arrow Video...

Frontières 2021: Full Co-Production Lineup Announced For The August Event

Yes, we suppose it is that time of year again to start thinking about gearing up for this year's Frontières Market. Has it really been fourteen years? Alas, here we are and the market has announced the lineup of projects...

Review: GAIA, Not Quite Sinister, Definitely Not Friendly

Monique Rockman, Carel Nel and Alex van Dyk star in a horror film from South Africa, directed by Jaco Bouwer.

GAIA Official Trailer: Do Not Miss This South African Eco-Horror

We can say, with absolute confidence, that you do not want to miss Jaco Bouwer's eco-horror Gaia. With Gaia coming to cinemas on June 18th followed by On Demand one week later it is time to watch the official trailer. ...

Fantasia 2021: Witches, Gamblers, Ghosts And Vampires. The First Wave Has That, And More.

Ah Summer. It's almost upon us. Nature is waking up from its Winter slumber, as do we, shedding layers of clothing and embracing the warm Spring air. Which means we can now turn our attention to the Summer festival schedule...

Review: FRIED BARRY, Weird, Wild and Wonderful

Gary Green, Chanelle de Jager, Brett Williams and Joey Cramer star in a horror movie from South Africa, directed by Ryan Kruger and now streaming on Shudder.

Review: THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION Signals the Arrival of a Major New Voice in Cinema

Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, gorgeously shot in full frame by Pierre de Villiers, and enhanced by a captivating score by Berlin-based electronic composer Miyashita Yu, the film is a highly visual, aural experience that charts a new frontier in its cinematic language.

SXSW 2021 Review: GAIA, Mother Earth Will Have Her Revenge In This South African Eco-Horror

A forest ranger plunges deep into the jungle on a routine observation mission and finds herself face to face with a pair of unkempt survivalists teetering on what seems to be the edge of paranoid madness in South African director...

Blu-ray Review: Djibril Diop Mambéty's Formative TOUKI BOUKI from Criterion

Sengelase filmmaking comes through with a one-two punch in back-to-back Blu-rays.

Blu-ray Review: MANDABI, Follow the Money (Order) in Criterion's Release

Following 'Black Girl', a new restoration of Ousmane Sembène's sophomore feature arrives this week.

SXSW 2021 Trailer: XYZ Films to Handle International Sales For South African Midnighter GAIA

XYZ Films have had a long standing relationship with the filmmaking community in South Africa. So this is of little surprise, that Deadline has reported that they've boarded international sales for Jaco Bouwer's fantasy horror Gaia.    The film follows...