25 Days Of Christmas: African Cinematics #2018BOTY

Hello December Hello 

The festive season is here can you feel it? My friends and I are doing 25 Days of Christmas to celebrate the Best Of The Year #2018BOTY

Day 1 should be easy right, what movie highlighted my year? Well the answer will surprise you…..

I havent seen them yet. 

First on my list is State Of Malambia

State of Malambia

State of Malambia is a local Zimbabwean production and at $105 000 its easily one of the biggest budget films this side of the Sahara desert has seen. I am sure pretty much everyone has heard of Wakanda, the fictitious state in Africa from which the Black Panther comes.

When I watched Black Panther I had this feeling at the back of my head, that why must we wait for Big Budget Movie Companies to create movies about Africa and get actors who have never set foot here to tell our stories and mangle our accents while they were at it.  I am sure we have a long way to go to reach cinematic excellence but I am all for anyone who is willing to put themselves out there and say “this, this is my part in reclaiming our narrative.”

“Boundaries also enslave and that is a State Of Malambia”

I missed out on a special screening on Wednesday (28 November) when one could have met up with the media cast and crew but State of Malambia is out and its coming  to a screen near you 

On a curious aside, a friend and fellow blogger is in the cast, how about that… I never knew they were in it until fairly recently when I spotted them in promo footage and I was never ready, I will wait for E to read this and come at me in the comments then you will know who it is too if you didnt ha!

Next is Chebet

Chebet

Chebet is a short animation project by the Samaritan Multimedia team of Uganda (again I dont mean to brag but I know someone who worked on the script, see my people do the most, I am doing a happy dance as I type this.)  

Chebet was not only nominated but won the award for best animation in the 2018 Uganda Film Festival.

I havent seen Chebet yet but I am keeping my eyes open and you should look out for it too…… 

But of course it would be cheating if I didnt mention a 2018 movie that I actually watched, no prizes for guessing….. Black Panther and you can read my thoughts HERE

~B

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Of Black Panther: A review of sorts

I finally watched Black Panther I get what all the noise was about

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This isn’t exactly a review as such:

Wakanda could be Africa’s story had Africa not been colonised and allowed to flourish …agreed.

However if Wakanda existed the way it’s depicted in the movie then it would have been an inward-oriented country; that would have probably let the rest of Africa be colonized. I find it hard to imagine an empire which would not adhere to the uBuntu philosophy (uBuntu is Nguni-Bantu word for Humanity) I am because We Are

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If Wakanda where truly an African country (Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther is said to have told The New York Times that Wakanda is a fictional version of “the Mutapa empire of 15th-century Zimbabwe.”) Wakanda would have dealt with world outside its borders with more humanity, humanity towards others.

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The Mutapa Empire which spanned a significant portion of southern Africa might not have had vibranium but they had gold and vast amounts of it too which they traded freely, far and wide if not a bit too free and far which is how mining claims became colonial instruments one treaty at a time……..

Founders of the Mutapa Empire are descendants of those who built the Great Zimbabwe in the 11th century

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Great Zimbabwe from where the name Zimbabwe are the largest and most puzzling architecture South of the Sahara competing only with the Pyramids of Egypt.

“Among the gold mines of the inland plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers there is a fortress built of stones of marvelous size, and there appears to be no mortar joining them…. …. This edifice is almostsurrounded by hills, upon which are others resembling it in the fashioning of stone and the absenceof mortar, and one of them is atower ”

1531 Vicente Pegado, a Portuguese army captain

The architecture is so mind boggling that it’s not surprising history would not allow us to have achieved this by ourselves and would rather write about the Portuguese, Phoenicians or biblical characters yet it is a birthright from our ancestors how far would we have gone had we been left to flourish?

Back to Wakanda

So vibranium, all I know about it, is that it’s what Captain America’s shield is made from and the Black Panther’s suit and claws and that it absorbs kinetic energy but how does this explain how Wakanda managed to get so technologically advanced to be many years ahead of the rest of the world unless if the heart shaped herb not only grants you superhuman strength, speed and instincts but makes you smarter………

I kind of sympathized with Killmonger and thought they deserved having him come back and shake the cobwebs out of the cocooned lifestyle they built around themselves and even rooted for him a little bit.

What I loved most is how the women of Wakanda where their own people first, strong, proud and stood up for themselves; from Princess Shuri who would not let tradition limit hair, to the regal Nakia

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and lets not forget their most elite fighting force the Dora Milaje an all woman ensemble led by the formidable General Okoye

When what’s his name says “would you kill me my love’ and Okoye replies “for Wakanda without a question

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But I did feel their “civil war” escalated on flimsy grounds and I think I might have disliked W’kabi more than the “villain” killmonger for taking so long to get to back his senses.

Can we also talk about the language of Wakanda though; what was that? I can’t be the only one made to cringe by them murdering the Xhosa language like that; what was with adding west/central African inflections to their speech and not just picking a west African language, maybe if the cast had been peppered with a more local talents then they might have spoken more naturally. I noticed a few faces from local TV soapies such as fondly known as Mamokhete from Rhythm city, Connie Chiume played the role of the Mining tribe elder

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Overally well what can I say the numbers speak for themselves it’s a record breaking blockbuster

Wakanda Forever

~B

What are your thoughts on The Black Panther?