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Ma Rainey robbed of complexity on a ‘Negro’ path leading nowhere

The life of blues pioneer Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey and her song Black Bottom have been turned into a film. Bongani Madondo laments its anticlimax

Sakawa Review: Ghana, e-waste and online dating scams

Sakawa is a moving, sympathetic portrayal of an online dating fraud syndicate in Ghana

Review: ‘A New Country’ portrays the lingering aftertaste of a bittersweet freedom

Taking its cues from the dimming of the hope suggested by rainbowism, ‘A New Country’ attempts to articulate the depths of betrayal South Africans feel

The List: Five films on the transition, selected by Sifiso Khanyile

Sifiso Khanyile, the maker of Uprize! and A New Country, selects five documentaries that influenced his latest film

The European Film Festival highlights how people respond to the disruptive changes

In this interview film festival director Peter Rorvik sheds light on his curatorial vision and some of the themes emerging from the festival.

Accused #2 back in the dock

A virtual reality film about the Rivonia Trial points to the loss of our historical records

Moving encounters with misfits and megastars

Film festival screens documentaries of several celebrities and some local artists

​Memories of black South African soldiers who bore arms and fought in War II

A filmmaker spoke to black South African World War II vets who told of being armed and fighting at El Alamein.

​‘Kalushi’ is a meeting of history and cinema

Mandla Dube’s film on Solomon Mahlangu resists a political overview and apartheid hero-worship.

Uranium, Israel, Pinocchio and Top Gun, and what they have to do with Ghostbusters

There is always room for more donkeys on Pleasure Island, especially after the new Ghostbusters proton-blast the No Girls Allowed sign.

Durban film festival: It is all black and white when working outside the colour lines

Monochrome is back on the table and a handful of films at the Durban International Film Festival this year have gone grayscale.

‘Iyho Solomon’ anthem a potent rallying cry for students

Students have embraced the struggle song invoking Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged by the apartheid government and inspired the film Kalushi.

The future isn’t what it used to be

In 1985, where did we think we'd be in 2015? Not having déjà vu about police crackdowns, surely, as the world celebrated Back to the Future Day.

Red card for film that glorifies Fifa

We sit through the "cringeworthy, self-aggrandising" Fifa-funded film "United Passions", so you won't have to.

LGBT star roles dim in Hollywood

A study has shown that only a fraction of the major studio films last year featured gay characters, most of whom were painted in a bad light.

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