Paulin Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer, Historian

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (January 31, 1925 – November 4, 1987). Special thanks to Cathy Chamorey who took this brilliant photograph of Vieyra in Paris in the editing room where Paulin was working on his feature : En résidence surveillée in 1980.  Used courtesy Stéphane Vieyra. Who is Paulin Vieyra? Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was a pioneer of … Continue reading Paulin Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer, Historian

Afro-Vietnamese Orphans Tell Their Stories in ‘Indochina: Traces of a Mother’

A new(er) documentary film by Idrissou Mora-Kpai follows the stories of Afro-Vietnamese orphans born of Vietnamese mothers and West African fathers - tirailleurs sénégalais - brought by the French to fight la sale guerre, mostly in today’s Viet Nam.  The synopsis: Through the story of Christophe, a 58-year-old Afro-Vietnamese man, the film reveals the little … Continue reading Afro-Vietnamese Orphans Tell Their Stories in ‘Indochina: Traces of a Mother’

The Pulse: What about Language in Nigerian Cinema?

In The Pulse, our new feature section, we’ll connect different voices on topics in Black Film.  We’ll ask a question, frame it, and then connect with some of the many modes of answering that question.  In this first installation, we’ll look at the conversation about language in Nigerian Cinema.  *    *   *   *   *   * … Continue reading The Pulse: What about Language in Nigerian Cinema?

‘Worlds of Ousmane Sembène’ in Miami University’s Africana Film Festival

The films and legacy of Ousmane Sembène will be the focus of the 2nd Africana Film Festival at Miami University (Ohio). In addition to refocusing attention on the films of Sembène, the festival “is meant to serve both as an opportunity to open up new inroads in the criticism of Ousmane Sembène’s artistic achievement and … Continue reading ‘Worlds of Ousmane Sembène’ in Miami University’s Africana Film Festival