The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, has launched the 2020 U.S. Consulate General Lagos Documentary Film Festival.
Declaring the film festival open, Ambassador Leonard noted that the U.S. Consulate General Lagos Documentary Film Festival is an expression of the commitment of the U.S. Mission to strengthen the ties that link Nigeria and the United States of America.
“We recognize that we have many common interests and concerns. We are very proud of the U.S. Government’s engagements with Nigerians in areas as diverse as health, education, trade, economic development, security assistance, and the promotion of democratic institutions. You will see exciting and inspirational stories that span entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, education, community engagement, and STEM.”
“We also engage with the creative community. We especially support that community’s efforts to use the power of film, music, dance, and literature to create dialogue and find solutions to societal challenges,” Ambassador Leonard remarked.
From November 9-25, the virtual festival will highlight five contemporary documentaries from the American Film Showcase, the premier film diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State, which is produced in partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
These screenings, offering a contemporary view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers, will be accompanied by panel discussions, workshops and master classes with the filmmakers and Nigerian panelists.
The opening film for the festival was The Empowerment Project, directed by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ms. Sarah Moshman. The documentary spotlights 17 transformational women leaders across a variety of industries and seeks to inspire the next generation of women to pursue their career ambitions.
Following the screening of the documentary, Moshman alongside other panelists, including Nigerian film director and producer, Ms. Tope Oshin, and Executive Director of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Ms. Hansatu Adegbite, shared their impressions about the film as well as their experiences and expertise.
Other films scheduled for screening during the film festival are: Nevertheless by Sarah Moshman (register here: tinyurl.com/AFSFilm2); Libraries Now: A Day in the Life by Juliane Dressner (register here: tinyurl.com/AFSFilm3); An Education by Juliane Dressner (register here: tinyurl.com/AFSFilm4) and Make It Work by Kip & Kern Konwiser (register here: tinyurl.com/AFSFilm5).
Kelly Rowland Samples Afro Beat Musician Fela In Her Newly Released Single “Hitman”
Kelly Rowland has joined the list of international artistes to sample afrobeat sounds in their music. In recent times Africa has become the spice route for artists, musicians and people in the creative industry as they continue to buy into Afro inspired sounds, dress codes, dances etc. Over the years, artistes such as Ciara and Beyonce have made Africa their go to, Beyonce especially as she constantly infuses the ‘Mama Africa’ theme into her costumes as well as featuring African stars in her most recent “Black is King” album.
In Kelly’s new song “Hitman”, she samples beats from Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s “follow follow” track. The song which is part of the NFL songs of the season project definitely excites her African audience.
The video for the Hitman track was also released on 20th November 2020 and does even more justice to the track as it infuses great colours, popular African hairstyles like Bantu knots, Afro and simple fluid moves.
With 2021 around the corner will more international artistes follow the trend and with it establish a global Afrobeat genre?
Queen Sono Series Is Not Coming Back To TV Screens
Fans of the first African Netflix original series “Queen Sono” might not be watching the second season of their favourite show, as it stands.
The series is a crime drama centred around an African spy named “Queen Sono” who sets out to discover the death of her mother. The first season premiered on Netflix on the 28th of February, consisting of six episodes.
Critics branded it as an absolute delight, with the series receiving positive reviews and a ranking of 91% on rotten tomatoes upon its first rollout.
Aside from being the first African Netflix original crime series, the show produced by Kagiso Lediga boasted a solid cast including Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Sechaba Morojele amongst a list of other amazing actors.
However, the anticipated season 2 is reportedly being cancelled as the production company faces some challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first season was shot in different locations in countries across the continent including Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Nigeria.
As expected, the news of cancellation has sparked reactions from its viewers. While some were keenly awaiting the new season, others are of the opinion that it’s cancellation was only expected.
In her response to the cancellation, the most talked about star of the movie Pearl Thusi says “It’s so incredible that we as a team got a lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will never be another ‘first’ African Netflix Original Series. I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds.”
And indeed, we look forward to what the future holds.
Entertainment Post Covid | Nigerian Cinemas Count Losses
It’s been months since COVID-19’s initial impact on the industrial sectors of the economy, resulting in losses among many businesses and complete shutdown of others.
The film industry was not spared and cinemas across the globe have also paid a huge price.
The Nigerian Cinema industry is believed to have lost about N8bn in revenue according to Filmone co-founder, Moses Babatope.
News Central spoke with the Executive Director of Genesis Cinema, Opeyemi Ajayi on the current struggles and the future of the Cinema business in Nigeria.
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