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Excitement is building over Canon sharing testimony from two leading African film directors who applauded the latest Cinema EOS range after exclusive use in their latest movies of Canon’s EOS C500 Mark II; Canon is also launching 42 pro-video webinar program called Canon Tech Talk Series in three languages to share the knowledge of industry leaders with the African filmmaking community

 

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (www.Canon-CNA.com) a leader in imaging solutions, proudly showcased the compact and versatile 5.9K CCNA next-generation professional Cinema EOS System cameras. Leading African directors, including Kunle Afolayan and Merzak Allouache, hailed the EOS C500 Mark II with elevating their latest productions. Alongside the inauguration, Canon unveiled a knowledge-sharing initiative for the African filmmaking community.

This is the Future of Filmmaking

The latest model in Canon’s Cinema EOS Camera range features Canon’s newly developed Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and comes with 16+ stops of dynamic range, professional codecs in a compact, modular body. Created with the expertise and technical knowledge at the heart of Canon’s innovative products, the latest in the EOS range offers a customisable full-frame cinema camera experience that is built for creative freedom.

Canon’s Cinema EOS Camera range new features include a full-frame sensor powered by Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 processor. The sensor’s expansive native cinema gamut goes beyond current standards to help the Cameras in the EOS range achieve more natural tones, which allow for greater colour-grading freedom in both SDR and HDR productions.

At the pinnacle of the offering is the first camera in the range with the ability to record 5.9K Cinema RAW Light onto new, faster storage media – CF express cards. Providing professionals with greater flexibility and efficiency plus simultaneous recording of the same file format is also possible due to dual CF express card slots.

“Canon’s continuous relationship with empowering the African creative market via innovative technology has supported the rise of Africa’s content. Our focus is on offering leading industry know-how and award-winning cameras and lenses built for enthusiast and professional level creatives,” says Amine Djouhara, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. “The Cinema EOS range is the perfect expression of form and function, exceptionally adaptable to virtually any production with its modular design, and we are excited to see what Africa’s talented filmmakers create.”

 

 

Collaborating for World-Class African Film Production

In Nigeria, award-winning actor, producer and director, Kunle Afolayan, knows how independent filmmakers can be empowered by technology to share their stories with a global audience. Afolayan’s films are part of a growing number of African contributions to the global online platform Netflix. His latest creation, Citation, explores the important issue of sexual exploitation of young female Nigerian students by their professors. For this gritty, hard-hitting movie, Afolayan chose the new EOS C500 Mark II from Canon.

 

 

“I first saw the Canon EOS C500 Mark II at IBC 2019 and I was amazed at its capabilities.  Normally it’s not a director’s place to tell a director of photography (DOP) what kit to use, but I always wanted to shoot in 4K full-frame, and I knew that this camera would make it to the Netflix approved list, which was vital for this production,” said Nigerian actor, producer and director, Kunle Afolayan. “Thankfully Jonathan Kovel, the DOP working on my new film, loved the camera, therefore, we were able to shoot Citation with the Canon EOS C500 Mark II, which gave us another level of authenticity and creative freedom.”

 

 

In Algeria, legendary director Merzak Allouache also selected the Canon EOS C500 Mark II for his latest film, as part of a technical partnership with Baya Productions. Following a glittering 40-year, 22 film career, which included 1994 Cannes Film Festival award-winning production, Le Repenti. 86-year-old Allouache marks his come back with a new cinematographic masterpiece UNE FAMILLE, that plunges the audience deep into an intensely real political and family drama.

 

 

“The film benefited from the technology provided by Canon. The production team was provided with a Canon EOS C500 Mark II camera and a range of Cine Lenses and accessories so that the film could be shot entirely in 5.9K at 24 fps. The EOS 5D Mark IV and EOSR were also used throughout, to shoot the film and to photograph the behind-the-scenes footage,” said Hamoudi Laggoune, the gifted Algerian cinematographer chosen to work alongside Allouache on the new film. “The camera provides complete flexibility and freedom to choose the image formats, bokeh effects and lenses that are best suited to the filming conditions,” he added.

 

 

Sharing the Best Industry Knowledge

The Canon EOS cameras are more than just the choice for the established leaders in the film industry. Their agile imaging solution is well suited to a wide range of tasks and experience levels. Canon’s cinema cameras, EOS DSLRs and lenses continue to be adopted by the movie industry for their high quality and dependable design. They are also the first choice with professional filmmakers, as evidenced by the 2020 Academy Award nominees and winners.

 

 

To help support all aspiring and established filmmakers during these challenging times, Canon will begin a three-month knowledge-sharing initiative with over 42 pro-video webinars called Canon Tech Talk Series for the film market in Africa. On August 11th, the first webinar will feature Canon’s Amine Djouhara, alongside African film legends Hamoudi Laggoune and Kunle Afolayan. The opening session will explore the features of the Canon C500 Mark II, sharing their experience with the camera during their recent high-profile productions. Fans of these talented directors will get an exclusive behind the scenes perspective on their work and the equipment they trust.

 

 

After this special first webinar, the CCNA team will continue with a series of Canon Tech Talk webinars on changing the face of filmmaking, covering vlogging, streaming, colour science, post-production, and a range of other film-making classes. The remaining 18 webinars divided between beginner and professional courses in three different languages (English, French and Arabic), ensuring everyone can continue to learn and grow during these strange times.

 

 

“Now more than ever, we must come together to ensure that the global standstill does not set us back in our careers or our passion-projects,” says Amine Djouhara, Sales and Marketing Director at Canon Central and North Africa. “During these challenging times, this series of webinars offer a virtual developmental tool to maintain the evolution of critical skills for continued and sustainable growth of the film industry,”

 

 

To register for the first Canon Tech Talk Series free webinars starting on August 12th, please click on the relevant links below:

12th August – Kunle Afolayan
Topic – Discover C500 Mark II
Languages – English
Time – 1pm NG|3PM KEN

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13th August – Raul Gabat
Topic – Introduction to 4K Series
Languages – English

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13th August – Andrew Emil
Topic – Introduction to 4K Series
Languages – Arabic

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13th August – Jean Mazel
Topic – Introduction to 4K Series
Languages – French

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How to keep kids edutained during load shedding

Posted by radio On August - 6 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Lights out doesn’t have to mean the fun’s out. With DStv Now, kids can watch a wide range of edutaining shows on their favourite devices, at no additional cost to you.

 

We’re all too familiar with the famous cry of the little ones when the electricity goes out. Unable to entertain themselves as they normally would, they can become antsy – particularly when the power is out for long than expected.

It’s moments like these that DStv’s School of Laughter was created for. Committed to supporting customers navigating the journey of parenting, DStv partnered with some of the best kids channels in the world to collate a comprehensive viewing environment that is both entertaining and educational.

This offering, which we like to call our School of Laughter, delivers exciting content for children of all ages. In particular, nursery and primary school learners are spoiled for choice when it comes to the wide variety of ‘edutainment’ on offer via the DStv platform.

So, the next time the lights go out and you’re looking for an efficient way to keep the kids ‘edutained’, look no further than the DStv School of Laughter. The School of Laughter webpage is filled with awesome activities for kids to do on their tablets or mobile phones. And when the lights come back on, ensure your child’s favourite School of Laughter shows have been downloaded to your mobile devices so they can watch them during load shedding.

How to download and watch with DStv Now

  1. Make sure you’re registered for DStv Now.
  2. Download the DStv Now app (Apple or Android)
  3. Log in, and search for a series or movie to download.
  4. Tap the cloud-shaped icon.
  5. Select the quality of video file being downloaded (Highest, High, Medium or Low). Tip: the lower the quality selected, the smaller the file size and the less storage space it takes up on the device.
  6. Once the selection is made, the download will begin.
  7. Happy watching!
  8. Important: After clicking ‘play’, watch the content within 48 hours, before it expires and it has to be downloaded again. If you don’t click ‘play’ right away, the content stays on the device for a while before it expires.
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Showmax launches new live-streaming service

Posted by radio On July - 8 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Showmax is launching a new service, Showmax Pro, which bundles the existing Showmax entertainment service with music channels, news, and live sport streaming from SuperSport.


Showmax Pro features all Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and PSL games, as well as a wide range of other live sport events. The service will initially roll out in Nigeria and Kenya, with additional countries following shortly after.

Showmax Pro will begin to roll out in Kenya and Nigeria from 7 July. Additional countries will go live in the following weeks. The entire process is expected to be completed within 6-8 weeks with coverage across sub-Saharan Africa. This table gives details of the new Showmax Pro service in Nigeria and Kenya:

Showmax Showmax Pro
Showmax Showmax Mobile Showmax Pro Showmax Pro Mobile
Series, movies, kids’ shows, documentaries
IAAF Athletics, pro boxing, major international marathons, & more
Music channels Trace Urban, Trace Gospel
News channels Africa News, Euronews, Newzroom Afrika
Football: all Premier League, Serie A, PSL and La Liga games
Number of concurrent streams 2 1 2 1
Smartphone and tablet apps
Smart TV, laptop, Android TV, Apple TV apps ✓*
Maximum video resolution HD SD HD SD
14-day trial
*Supported smart TVs: Samsung Tizen (2017-2020), LG WebOS (2014-2020)

Showmax originally launched in August 2015 and is available across sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking about Showmax’s history and what sets it apart, Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of the Connected Video division of MultiChoice, said:

 

“Showmax is an African video on demand service with many years’ experience operating on this continent. We’re local-first, which means listening to our customers and delivering African stories told in familiar voices as well as the best that Hollywood has to offer. Our local-first strategy is an advantage because it allows us to tailor our content, apps, packages, and partnerships specifically to what’s most important in Africa.”

 

In June 2019, Showmax began testing sport live-streaming, and the new Showmax Pro service is based on the results of this. Ekdahl said about sport streaming:

“The live sport test we ran on Showmax in conjunction with SuperSport has been well received, so that’s forming an integral part of our new Showmax Pro service.”

 

Another key development for African markets has been adapting the service for the data connectivity constraints on the continent and focusing on the most-used viewing devices. In November last year, Showmax launched a mobile-only service for smartphones and tablets featuring all of the Showmax content but at half the cost of the standard Showmax service and consuming less data. This service has also proven popular, so in addition to the standard version of Showmax Pro there will also be a mobile-only version at half the price.

 

Talking about the role of a mobile-only option, Ekdahl said:

“What else have we learned about operating an internet video service in Africa? Mobile usage is mainstream, so having a one-size-fits-all big screen service may not be the best solution here. With the mobile-only version of Showmax Pro, anyone with a smartphone in sub-Saharan Africa will be able to get the best African content, the best of Hollywood, and all of the best sporting action. This is something no other service is doing and we think it’s a game changer.”

 

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Premier 24-hour news channel Newzroom Afrika is solidifying its place in the category with the launch of a bold marketing campaign built on its powerful credentials as a proudly African, impartial, independent, authentic news service dedicated to editorial excellence.

 

Newzroom Afrika has wasted no time, since its launch in May last year, in establishing itself as a fearlessly outspoken platform, where truth and transparency, however uncomfortable, are the mandate.

“The foundation of our campaign is based on highlighting our channel platform, DStv channel 405, which has been turned into a room of truth. In Room 405 we welcome viewers to stay engaged and make themselves uncomfortable  because “the truth isn’t always pleasant, but it’s always good.” The concept of Room 405 morphs easily from a newsroom into a decision room or an innovation room – any space where truth is at home,” says HOD: Marketing & Communications, Zamahlasela Gabela

This commitment to uncensored local perspectives – embodied in the channel’s brand promise of “Our News, Our Views” – has ruffled more than a few feathers along the way, but Newzroom Afrika hasn’t shied away from the sometimes tricky conversations that are the lifeblood of the democratic spirit.

 

 

 

The marketing campaign – the first since the channel’s inception – was conceived by creative agency The Odd Number.

Sibusiso Sitole – the agency’s co-founder and Group Chief Creative Officer – says he was “most excited for people to finally get a sense of the energy and attitude of this brand”.

 

Co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at The Odd Number, Xola Nouse adds that “In Newzroom Afrika, we saw partners whose entrepreneurial, independent and innovative approach to multi-media services resonates with that of our own in the communications sector. We saw an opportunity to create work that is truly African and is championed by a leading news outlet.”

The campaign has already gone live on radio, to be followed in the coming days by TV, digital and print elements.

Premier 24-hour news channel Newzroom Afrika is solidifying its place in the category with the launch of a bold marketing campaign built on its powerful credentials as a proudly African, impartial, independent, authentic news service dedicated to editorial excellence.

Newzroom Afrika has wasted no time, since its launch in May last year, in establishing itself as a fearlessly outspoken platform, where truth and transparency, however uncomfortable, are the mandate.

“The foundation of our campaign is based on highlighting our channel platform, DStv channel 405, which has been turned into a room of truth. In Room 405 we welcome viewers to stay engaged and make themselves uncomfortable  because “the truth isn’t always pleasant, but it’s always good.” The concept of Room 405 morphs easily from a newsroom into a decision room or an innovation room – any space where truth is at home,” says HOD: Marketing & Communications, Zamahlasela Gabela

This commitment to uncensored local perspectives – embodied in the channel’s brand promise of “Our News, Our Views” – has ruffled more than a few feathers along the way, but Newzroom Afrika hasn’t shied away from the sometimes tricky conversations that are the lifeblood of the democratic spirit.

The marketing campaign – the first since the channel’s inception – was conceived by creative agency The Odd Number.

Sibusiso Sitole – the agency’s co-founder and Group Chief Creative Officer – says he was “most excited for people to finally get a sense of the energy and attitude of this brand”.

Co-founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at The Odd Number, Xola Nouse adds that “In Newzroom Afrika, we saw partners whose entrepreneurial, independent and innovative approach to multi-media services resonates with that of our own in the communications sector. We saw an opportunity to create work that is truly African and is championed by a leading news outlet.”

The campaign has already gone live on radio, to be followed in the coming days by TV, digital and print elements.

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The borders are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your continent this Africa Day, thanks to this starter guide to classic African films on Showmax.

BOTSWANA: 

 

A United Kingdom (2016)

 

The year before South Africa formalised Apartheid in 1948, King Seretse Khama (two-time Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo) of the neighbouring British protectorate of Bechuanaland married a British white woman, Ruth Williams (Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike). This upset both their families, not to mention the governments of South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia and the United Kingdom, who tried to declare Khama unfit to rule.

 

The opening film of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, A United Kingdom is more than just a heart-warming true story of love overcoming all odds: it’s also the story of Botswana’s independence, its transition to democracy, and its fight to retain the rights to any diamonds found within its borders.

 

Director Amma Asante (The Handmaid’s Tale) won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding World Cinema Motion Picture; Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky) won a British Screenwriters’ Award for Best British Feature Film Writing; and South African actress Terry Pheto (Tsotsi) was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Seretse’s sister, Naledi Khama.

 

A United Kingdom has an 84% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “a beautifully shot, crowd-pleasing gem.”

Watch and embed the trailer: https://youtu.be/pX5vI4osR50

BURKINA FASO: 

Mooladé (2004)

Ousmane Sembène’s Mooladé is set in a village in Burkina Faso, where four young girls flee their ritual ‘purification’ to the household of Colle’ Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from female genital mutilation.

 

Colle’ invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives but the ensuing stand-off pits her against the village traditionalists, both male and female, and endangers her daughter’s upcoming marriage.

 

Mooladé won Un Certain Regard and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes in 2004. The movie has a 99% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus calls it, “A vibrant, powerful, and poignant glimpse into the struggles of women in modern Africa.” It’s been included in The New Yorker’s list of the Top 25 Films Of The Century So Far,  the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, and Steven Schneider’s 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Watch and embed the trailer: https://vimeo.com/159338258

 

CAPE VERDE

Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice (2002)

Flora Gomes’ Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice follows Vita, a young woman from a family in Cape Verde that has been cursed: any woman in the family who sings will be struck dead. But while studying in Paris, she falls in love with a musician and becomes an international star. Convinced she’s proved the curse isn’t real, she returns to Cape Verde to convince her family.

 

Nha Fala / My Voice My Voice won six international awards, including the Laterna Magic Prize at Venice in 2002, and was the only film from Africa to compete at Berlin that year.

 

Grammy-nominated Cameroonian star Manu Dibango, who tragically passed away from Covid-19 in March 2020, wrote and produced the film’s music.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTvM9s7rbSM

EGYPT

Bab El Hadid / Cairo Station (1958)

In Bab El Hadid / Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine both directs and stars as Qinawi, a crippled newspaper vendor who falls for a lemonade seller, Hanouma, who is engaged to another station worker, Abu-Serih. As Abu-Serih tries to unionise the station workers, Qinawi’s fixation on Hanouma crosses the line from innocent crush to dangerous obsession.

 

Cairo Station was included in The Story of Film, the definitive history of cinema, and Chahine went on to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cannes in 1997.

 

The movie has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Time Out praised it as “a great overlooked masterpiece”, The Guardian as“unmissable”, The Hollywood Reporter as “a jewel of a film” and BBC as “an excellent thriller, and one that anticipates the serial killer genre that Hitchcock’s Psycho kick-started a few years later… a cinematic triumph.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJpiUZphTE

 

ETHIOPIA

Harvest: 3000 Years (1975) 

Haile Gerima’s feature film debut, Harvest: 3000 Years, is set in Ethiopia and follows a slow-boiling feud between a wealthy land-owner and a protestor who feels he is mistreating his labourers.

 

Shot during the Ethiopian civil war, Harvest: 3000 Years won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Silver Leopard at Locarno in 1976.

 

Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) presented a restored version of Harvest: 3000 Years at Cannes in 2006 and at Tribeca in 2008. As he wrote for Tribeca, the film “has a particular kind of urgency which few pictures possess. This is the story of an entire people, and its collective longing for justice and good faith. An epic, not in scale but in emotional and political scope.” The Tate Modern also honoured the film with a special screening in 2015.

 

Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) has hailed Gerima as a “a giant of cinema. A giant, I say.”

ESWATINI

Liyana (2017)

Liyana is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who, with some guidance from South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana, who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves Liyana’s animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope.

 

Winner of over 35 awards, Liyana is the directorial debut of Swaziland-born-and-raised Aaron Kopp, with his wife Amanda. Before moving into directing, Aaron shot the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face and the Oscar-nominated The Hunting Ground.

 

Liyana is executive produced by Emmy winner Thandie Newton (Westworld), produced by Oscar winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face), and edited by Davis Coombe (Chasing Coral, Chasing Ice). Nigerian Shofela Coker created the stunning animated artwork, while South African Philip Miller composed the score.

 

Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen,” while The Hollywood Reporter praised it as “A lyrical work, as bright and captivating as it is poignant.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://youtu.be/CjT9RtV9gs4

 

KENYA

Supa Modo (2018)

Jo (Stycie Waweru) is a witty nine-year-old obsessed with Jackie Chan movies. She’s also terminally ill. When she is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life, her only comfort is her dream of being a superhero – a dream her rebellious teenage sister Mwix (Nyawara Ndambia), overprotective mother Kathryn (Marrianne Nungo) and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfil…

Directed by Kenyan Likarion Wainana and produced by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Babylon Berlin), Supa Modo has won over 50 international awards, including Best European Film For Children at the European Children’s Film Association Awards in 2019, a Children’s Jury Special Mention in the Generation 14Plus category at Berlin in 2019, and the Audience Award at Children’s Film Festival Seattle in 2019.

 

Supa Modo has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes: Variety called it “a tender, bittersweet fable,” while The Seattle Times wrote, “I’m glad movie theatres are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of Supa Modo. I straight-up bawled my eyes out… Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting.”

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK6JwllJTRY

 

MALAWI: 

 

Buddha in Africa (2019)

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

 

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

 

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best Of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival. At the 2020 SAFTAs, Buddha in Africa won both Best Documentary and Best Directing.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://vimeo.com/327736704

 

MALI:

La Vie Sur Terre / Life on Earth (1998)

 

Abderrahmane Sissako’s 1998 film La Vie Sur Terre / Life on Earth follows Dramane, who returns from France to visit his father in a village in Mali.

 

Life on Earth is ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time and won 10 international awards, including the Grand Prix at Fribourg, where the FIPRESCI critics jury also gave the film a Special Mention “for the high level of the director’s political debate and the loveable, poetic and ironic view on the everyday life of his characters.”

 

Sissako went on to direct Timbuktu, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2015 and named one of the Top 25 Films of the 21st Century by The New York Times, among other honours.

 

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9wnztETMo

 

SENEGAL: 

 

Hyènes / Hyenas (1992)

In Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1992 classic Hyènes / Hyenas, an exorbitantly rich woman returns to her poor Senegalese village and forces it to choose between her patronage and her old flame, now the mayor.

 

Hyenas was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1992 and was ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time.

 

The Hollywood Reporter called it “a wicked skewering of both the rich and those who seek their handouts… Mambety’s beautifully shot and colorfully performed fable entertains, but its final frames are no laughing matter.”

Watch and embed the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqO9FFwIAGA

 

Other African classics on Showmax include:

  • Idrissa Ouedraogo’s breakthrough 1989 film, Yaaba / Grandmother, is the story of two children in Burkina Faso who make friends with an old woman who has been outcast as a witch by her village. At Cannes in 1989, Yaaba shared the FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize with Steven Soderbergh’s  Sex, Lies and Videotape and also took a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2swWIqEA3s

 

 

  • Ousmane Sembène’s debut 1966 film, La Noire De… / Black Girl, the story of a young Senegalese woman who is employed as a governess for a French family in Dakar and moves with them to the Riviera, where her comfortable duties as a nanny in a wealthy household are replaced by the drudgery and indignities of a maid. Black Girl won the Tanit d’Or at Carthage in 1966, among other prizes; was ranked joint fourth on the Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival’s list of the 10 best African films of all time; and was hailed by Oscar winner Martin Scorcese (The Irishman) as “an astonishing movie.” Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPx68M_T4u8

 

 

 

  • Ousmane Sembène’s Camp De Thiaroye, about the treatment of the French West African Armed Forces after they fought to defend France in World War II.  Camp De Thiaroye won six awards at Venice in 1988, including the Grand Special Jury Prize.

 

  • Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria Why?, about an Egyptian teen who escapes his country’s tense political climate during World War II through his love of American film. Alexandria Why? took home the Special Jury Prize and the C.I.D.A.L.C. Diploma at Berlin in 1979. Chahine went on to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cannes in 1997.

 

 

 

  • Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati, about a young amnesiac who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness with no idea how she got there. The Kenyan film won the the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Toronto in 2016; was named Best East African Film at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards; and won the New Voices/New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival, among other accolades. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORXo9AtKqEk.

 

 

 

  • The Nest Collective’s Stories of Our Lives, an anthology of five short films about the queer experience in Kenya. Stories of Our Lives won seven awards, including the Teddy Jury Award at Berlin in 2015, where the jury hailed its “brave and beautiful filmmaking, based on true stories that cannot fail to touch each one of us.” Trailer: https://youtu.be/KxDr1ue-lHc
    • Moussa Sene Absa’s Madame Brouette, about a single mother in Senegal who sells goods from a wheelbarrow but dreams of opening a canteen. Madame Brouette won four international awards, including Best Music at Berlin.  Trailer: https://youtu.be/5h2b7bOyX0U

 

  • Flora Gomes’ Po Di Sangui / Tree of Blood, set in a Guinea-Bissau village where the trees planted upon the birth of each child begin falling rapidly and mysteriously. Tree of Blood competed for the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 1996 and won a Silver Tanit at Carthage, among other honours. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTdKO6cl1lU
    • Raoul Peck’s Lumumba: Death Of A Prophet, about the assasination of the first prime minister of the post-colonial Democratic Republic of Congo. Lumumba won the Procirep Award at Cinema du Reel in 1992, among other international accolades, while Peck went on to earn an Oscar nomination for I Am Not Your Negro in 2017.
  • Dyana Gaye’s Deweneti, which follows Ousmane, a seven-year-old beggar in Senegal, who decides to write a letter to Santa Claus. Deweneti won six awards, including  the Special Jury Award at Clermont-Ferrand, arguably the top short film festival in the world.
    • Njue Kevin’s 18 Hours, based on the true story of a rookie paramedic and his driver who spent 18 hours fighting to save the life of a road accident victim who was denied admission at multiple hospitals in Nairobi. In 2018, 18 Hours became the first Kenyan film to win Best Movie Overall at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. Trailer: https://youtu.be/DqTAsS-wwFs
    • Also look out for FESPACO Grand Prize winners like Mweze Ngangura’s Identity Pieces | 

 

 

Pièces d’identités (DRC, 1999), Gaston Kabore’s Buud Yam (Burkina Faso, 1997), Roger Gnoan M’Bala’s Au Nom Du Christ (Cote d’Ivoire, 1993) and Kwah Ansah’s Heritage Africa (Ghana, 1989), as well as Wanuri Kahiu’s Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Film winner From A Whisper (Kenya, 2009).

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African culture proud, multiple award-winning rapper and singer Sho Madjozi and actor, comedian and social media sensation Prev Reddy scooped the 2020 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favourite African Star and Favourite African Social Media Star respectively. The channel is set to premiere the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together, on Friday, 8 May at 16:10. (CAT) on NickToons (DStv 308).

 

The Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will be hosted by Victoria Justice (Victorious) and will be jam-packed with stars, surprises and slime. Kids around the world cast millions of votes for their favourite celebrities, movies, games and more, this year’s virtually produced show will reveal the winners through some of the most creative orange-blimp acceptances in KCA history.

 

 

Celebrities scheduled to appear on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together include: Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, BTS, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, Tom Holland, David Dobrik, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, SSSniperWolf, and more.

Monde Twala, ViacomCBS Networks Africa Senior Vice President and General Manager commented: “This incredible win comes at a crucial time for us as the continent observes and celebrates Africa Month. Nickelodeon puts kids first in everything that it does, and the kids have spoken and voted for their favourite stars. We would like to congratulate our African winners Sho Madjodzi and Prev Reddy for flying the African Flag high at this global event. Millions of viewers can expect lots of fun, surprises and laughter from the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards”.

 

 

Sho Madjozi was nominated alongside Shekhinah, Teni and Patricia Kihoro in the Favourite African Star category. Prev Reddy was nominated in the Favourite African Social Media Star category with Anne Kansiime, DJ Cuppy and Chané Grobler.

 

 

With appearances from cast members of The Avengers: Endgame (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner), and a sneak peek of Nickelodeon’s new live-action series The Astronauts, from Imagine Entertainment, Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together will also feature segments unlike any other awards show including: JoJo Siwa discovering slime secretly placed in every area of her home; a performance by recording artist and actor Asher Angel of his chart-topping single “All Day”; and an exclusive look at Nick’s Slime in Space voyage.

 

 

The ecstatic Sho Madjozi said “Our job is to work, move forward and never reverse, Nickelodeon thank you for this amazing award and to everyone that voted. I am so excited”, she added “World we have one message for you, Africa is coming and we are coming for you.”

Commented Prev Reddy, “Yes we did it, thank you so much to the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for nominating me in this category most importantly thank you to the kids that voted and to my fans who’ve become like my family and for making one of my biggest dreams come true, I am sending all the love and positivity during this difficult time.”

During this year’s show, NBA champion and global icon LeBron James received the 2020 Generation Change Award, honouring his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education. The LeBron James Family Foundation’s ground-breaking I PROMISE School serves his hometown’s most at-risk students and their entire families with the support, programming and wide-ranging resources they need to succeed in the classroom and at home, creating a new model for urban, public education.

 

 

As part of its longstanding connection and dedication to kids, Nickelodeon will support the mission of No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, and present within the show a $1 million donation in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day that schools are closed, kids in need miss nearly 34 million school meals. No Kid Hungry is working to ensure every kid gets three meals a day during this time of crisis and all year long.

 

 

The following are Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together winners:

 

TELEVISION:

FAVOURITE KIDS TV SHOW
Henry Danger

FAVOURITE FAMILY TV SHOW
Stranger Things

FAVOURITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent

FAVOURITE TV HOST
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED SERIES
SpongeBob SquarePants

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR
Jace Norman (Henry Hart / Kid Danger,Henry Danger)

FILM:

FAVOURITE MOVIE
Avengers: Endgame

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Dove Cameron (Mal, Descendants 3)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTOR
Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: The Next Level)

FAVOURITE SUPERHERO
Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home; Spider-Man, Avengers: Endgame)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE
Frozen 2

FAVOURITE FEMALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Beyoncé (Nala, The Lion King)

FAVOURITE MALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Josh Gad (Olaf, Frozen 2)

MUSIC:

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST
Ariana Grande

FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST
Shawn Mendes

FAVOURITE MUSIC GROUP
BTS

FAVOURITE SONG
“bad guy”- Billie Eilish

FAVOURITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“Señorita”- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

FAVOURITE BREAKOUT NEW ARTIST
Lil Nas X

FAVOURITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
Taylor Swift (North America)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

FAVOURITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
David Dobrik

FAVOURITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
Annie LeBlanc

FAVOURITE GAMER
SSSniperWolf

FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME
Minecraft

FAVOURITE SOCIAL MUSIC STAR
JoJo Siwa

FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
Alex Morgan

FAVOURITE MALE SPORTS STAR
LeBron James

 

Highlights from Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together include:

A $1 Million donation to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic;

NBA champion and global icon LeBron James receiving Nickelodeon’s 2020 Generation Change Award, in honor of his commitment to creating real and lasting change through education, with his charity The LeBron James Family Foundation’s groundbreaking I PROMISE School, which provides his hometown’s most at-risk students and their families with educational resources and support;

A special appearance from the cast members of Avengers: Endgame (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner);

sneak peek of Nick’s new live-action series The Astronauts, from ImagineKids+Family;

JoJo Siwa discovering slime secretly placed in every area of her home and ultimately getting slimed herself;

David Dobrik doused in slime;

A performance by recording artist and actor Asher Angel of his chart-topping single “All Day;”

An exclusive look at Nick’s Slime in Space voyage;

And celebrity appearances from Dwayne Johnson, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Camila Cabello, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, BTS, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Dove Cameron, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, SSSniperWolf, cast members of Stranger Things (Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink), the cast ofHenry Danger (Jace Norman, Riele Downs, Sean Ryan Fox, Cooper Barnes, Ella Anderson, Michael D. Cohen) and more.

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DStv has launched The Africa We See campaign, which celebrates the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent

This Africa Month, DStv is excited to announce the launch of The Africa We See campaign, a heart-warming celebration of the excellence and power of Africa, its people and the rich stories that come from the continent.

Now more than ever, Africans are shaping and owning their narrative through stories and music – and this Africa Month, DStv is proud to serve as a vehicle that share these stories far and wide.

“Although the current climate demands everyone to physically isolate it has, in so many ways, called people to come together and unite in celebrating what matters the most: resilience, sense of community, creativity and so much more. Attributes that perfectly illustrate the very essence of who we are as Africans” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Executive Head: Marketing at MultiChoice South Africa. “It is in light of this, that we celebrate the distinctively African talent and entertainment on our channels that reflect the stories and lives of our treasured viewers across the continent”

 

A variety of channels that speak to all Africans

With a myriad of stories to be told, diverse audiences to reach and an abundance of talent across the continent, DStv is a platform that bring about impactful and inspiring content across several channels.

The wide-ranging channels provide a variety of content and genres, ranging from telenovelas, reality, drama, comedy, lifestyle, music and movies. DStv, home to the likes of Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), M-Net (DStv 101), kykNET (DStv 144) and so much more, provides enthralling locally-produced content for Southern Africa. Also, home to Nollywood is Africa Magic (DStv 154) that continuously provides viewers with a variety of popular Nigerian series and movies and has become a staple in homes across the continent.

Home brewed talent

With the purpose of promoting local content produced by Africans for Africans, DStv has continued to play an important role in giving local talent a platform to tell African stories and to act as a reflection of African communities and their families, instilling pride not just locally but globally. The launch television promo features famous faces from across the continent, such as the cast of Tinsel, one of the most popular telenovela’s in Africa, Chimange Chinalula of Zambezi Magic’s comedy Shi Mumbi and Jason Goliath from South Africa who can often be seen on Comedy Central. These stars, who have put African narratives on the map, openly express their hopes and dreams for the continent.

Honouring The Africa We See

The Africa We See campaign aims to instill pride in all Africans and awaken the comradery, especially during these unprecedented times that demand that we all pull together. Viewers from far and wide are encouraged to participate in the #AfricaWeSee conversation by sharing messages, pictures and video content in celebration of Africa Month.

Share your unique #AfricaWeSee story with DStv to play your part. Stand tall and be proud to be African!

For more information on DStv local content offering, products and services visit DStv.co.za and to manage your account, download the DStv App. To enjoy all the extra entertainment on the move, download the DStv Now App which allows you to watch from wherever you are.

 

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BAD EDUCATION | Drama

 

Bad Education is based on the real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school, where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school embezzlement scheme in America’s history.

The movie follows Frank Tassone (Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and secrecy.

 

The cast includes MTV Movie + TV Awards nominee Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Kathrine Narducci (The Irishman, Godfather of Harlem) and Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (The Irishman, Everybody Loves Raymond).

 

Bad Education has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus is, “Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs – and a worthy message – in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.”

SHAZAM! | Superhero

 

Billy Batson is a teenage foster kid with a track record for running away and looking out for himself, until he takes a stand against the school bully for his foster sibling Freddy – an act that leads to a strange encounter with an ancient wizard and turns him into grown-up superhero Shazam. Of course, with great power comes the inevitable great enemy, and Billy, aka Shazam, needs to get a handle on his abilities ASAP if he’s to fight the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana.

 

Shazam! was the 24th biggest box office hit of 2019 and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie. Asher Angel was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award as Billy, while Zachary Levi (Chuck in Chuck, Flynn Rider in Tangled, Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Benjamin in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) was nominated for MTV and Teen Choice awards as his superhero upgrade. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) was also up for a Saturn Award as Freddy, with Teen Choice winner Adam Brody (The O.C.) as his alter-ego. Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy) plays the wizard, while Mark Strong (1917) was nominated for a Teen Choice Villain Award as Dr Sivana.

 

Shazam! has a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “An effortlessly entertaining blend of humour and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre’s real power: joyous wish fulfilment.”

 

PET SEMATARY | Horror

 

Dr Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, move to rural Maine with their two young children. When their daughter Ellie discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home, Louis is quick to put her at ease. But these woods belong to something else. Something that brings things back from the dead.

 

This 2019 adaptation of the Stephen King novel stars Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Jason Clarke (John Connor in Terminator Genisys), and Amy Seimetz (Eleven’s aunt Becky in Stranger Things), with Jeté Laurence (Sneaky Pete) as Ellie.

 

Pet Sematary was the 66th biggest box office hit of 2019, grossing over $112m worldwide. The horror was also nominated for three 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, for Best Horror Film, Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow) and Best Make-Up.

 

“The movie honours King by raising fresh hell for a new generation,” says Rolling Stone. ”It will make you jump out of your seat, but what matters are the provocations you take home and can’t shake. That’s the stuff of nightmares.”


THE HUSTLE | Comedy

 

In this gender-flipped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) and Teen Choice winner Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) are lady con-artists, one high-brow, one low-rent, both masters of the fleece.

 

Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) has used her cunning and class to secure a stunning villa and a safe full of diamonds in the south of France, while Aussie Penny Rust (Wilson) flies by the seat of her pants – and the stacks of cash she liberates from gullible marks. They have almost nothing in common, but when tech billionaire Thomas Westerburg (Alex Sharp from How to Talk to Girls at Parties) comes onto their radar, the pair team up for the scam of the year.

The Hustle was the 70th biggest box office hit of 2019 and a People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Comedy Movie.


CRAWL | Horror

 

If the storm doesn’t get you, the alligators will…

Following a Category 5 hurricane, competitive swimmer Haley and her estranged father, Dave, find themselves trapped in the flooded basement of their run-down house, where every shadow conceals the waiting jaws of a brutal apex predator.

 

Four-time Teen Choice nominee Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Barry Pepper (Maze Runner, The Green Mile) co-star as Haley and Dave.

 

This excellent schlock creature-feature horror is a 2020 nominee for both Best Horror Film at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards and Best Wide Release Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. It’s directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and produced by the legendary Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, 30 Days of Night and Spider-Man).

 

The 71st biggest box office hit of 2019, Crawl has a 83% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus describes it as “an action-packed creature feature that’s fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario.” Vulture called it “a perfect horror film for the summer, as much an ode to the cataclysmic, humbling aspects of Mother Nature as it is a love letter to father-daughter relationships.”

WHAT MEN WANT | Comedy

Oscar winner nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson (Empire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) stars as Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. She gains an unexpected edge over them when, after a wild night out with her girls, she mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts.

What Men Want was the 83rd biggest box office hit of 2019, with Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus saying, “Easy to like, What Men Want proves a gender-swapped remake can work – and the odds are substantially improved with Taraji P. Henson in the lead.”

 

 

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR | Romance

 

Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha isn’t in the market for romance. In fact, she doesn’t even believe in love. Also, she’s about to be deported. Then a stranger saves her life on the street and, over coffee, tells her they’re meant for one another. It’s never going to happen, obviously, but Natasha’s willing to give him an hour of her time…

 

The Sun is also a Star is a coming-of-age love story based on the best-selling young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon, who also penned Everything, Everything.

 

Yara Shahidi (Zoey from Black-ish and Grown-ish) and Charles Melton (Reggie from Riverdale, Mr. Wu from American Horror Story: Hotel) both earned Teen Choice nominations last year for their lead roles. Also look out for Golden Globe nominee John Leguizamo (When They See Us, Moulin Rouge) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce’s Larry Brown).


THE SISTERS BROTHERS | Western

 

Charlie (Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli Sisters (Oscar nominee John C Reilly) are very bad men, who are very good at what they do. And what they do is mostly killing.

 

Infamous assassins in 1850s Oregon, they’re the last people chemist Hermann Kermit Warm (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Riz Ahmed from The Night Of) and scout John Morris (Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal) want on their trail, but with gold rush fever in the air, the West is a dangerous place to be a clever man.

 

Winner of Best Director for Jacques Audiard at both Venice and the César Awards, The Sisters Brothers has an 87% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus calls the Western “a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.”

 

The Sisters Brothers is based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

 

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM | Action

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans, while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

 

As Owen, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) won Favourite Butt Kicker Kids’ Choice and the Teen Choice Summer Movie Star: Male awards. Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard also earned a Teen Choice Movie Star: Female award as Claire. The third biggest box office hit of 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Action Movie and was up for Best Science Fiction Film at the 2019 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

 

“This is without question the best Jurassic Park sequel,” wrote Salon.com. “Smart, scary, and even emotionally powerful.”

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS | Fantasy

 

10-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his strange uncle in a creaky old house whose walls contain a mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with dark witchery.

 

Based on John Bellairs’ children’s book, The House With A Clock In Its Walls stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, as well as Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks).

 

It’s the first younger-audience film from gore maestro Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), who’s called it a “starter horror movie.”  Slate calls it “a bullseye… perfectly balanced between funny and scary.” Common Sense Media recommends it for 11+.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls was the 54th biggest box office hit of 2018, grossing over $130m globally.

NIGHT SCHOOL | Comedy

Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), the comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend night school in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

Hart and co-star Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) earned Teen Choice Comedy Movie Actor and Actress nominations respectively in 2019, while Night School was the 62nd most popular box office hit of 2018.

 

JULIET, NAKED | Romcom

 

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan, and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded rocker, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the object of Duncan’s musical obsession. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself in this comic account of life’s second chances.

 

Directed by Emmy nominee Jesse Peretz (Glow), Juliet, Naked stars Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages), Emmy winner Chris O’Dowd (State of the Union, The IT Crowd), and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood).

 

The film is based on the novel by Nick Hornby, who also wrote About a Boy and High Fidelity.

 

Juliet, Naked has a 83% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Los Angeles Times calling it “a charming film… about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives… Comic, heartfelt and smart as they come – a rare combination these days.”

THE SQUARE | Drama

Christian (Claes Bang from Dracula) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

 

Directed by Ruben Östlund (Golden Globe foreign film nominee Force Majeure), The Square won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2017 and was nominated as Best Foreign Film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes in 2018. Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) co-star.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is delighted to announce the launch of a new channel, SABC Education.

 

In line with the Corporation’s mandate, the new channel will broadcast public service content from the Department of Education, educational programmes currently available on SABC 1, 2, 3, and archived material produced by the SABC on a limited basis.

 

 

The country’s public service broadcaster believes that the addition of the SABC Education channel to its existing portfolio will benefit learners throughout the country who have access to the Digital Terrestrial Television (Digital TV) network and other platforms, and provide them with more flexibility with regard to accessing educational content. However, the viability and success of the “SABC Education campaign” is dependent on sponsorships to enable these vital educational material to be made available to all leaners. This is only possible if funding is made available to broadcast this material on SABC 1 and 2, the platforms with the best national reach. The SABC can provide 12 hours per day over these two channels.

 

The SABC Education channel which will go live on 4th May 2020, will be initially available on YouTube and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), and other platforms to be confirmed later. The launch of the channel is consistent with the Broadcasting Act, which stipulates that the public service content provided by the Corporation must include a significant amount of educational programming.

 

The establishment of the channel comes amid the COVID-19 global scourge, which has impacted the country’s education system extensively. Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Madoda Mxakwe says that, “The launch of the channel is timely, as the nation requires these interventions to fill gaps that have been created by COVID-19 related adjustments. In particular, this initiative will ensure that education and learning continues outside the traditional classroom environment”.

 

However, it is worth noting that it is a long-term project that is targeted at foundation, intermediate, high school, as well as civic and tertiary education categories. Consistent with  this, Mr. Mxakwe states that “The introduction of the SABC Education channel is in line with our education strategy which has been in the pipeline for some time”.

 

The core content will be broadcast in a customary linear manner, while ancillary programming will stream via digital platforms. The digital streaming of the channel will be carried using the SABC Education portal, SABC Education Virtual Academy (SEVA), Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and other SABC channel websites.

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Nearly two-thirds of this year’s SAFTA winners in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax.


Want to watch the best local productions out there? Then stay glued to Showmax, where over 66% of the winners in the TV categories are ready for a mega-binge, including all the telenovela winners, 12 out of the 13 drama winners, the best reality, natural history, lifestyle and variety shows, as well as the best documentary and short film winners.

Here are six of last night’s big winners you can stream right now.

The River

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With 10 awards, 1Magic’s The River was the most awarded series overall at the SAFTAs – for the second year in a row. This follows its International Emmy nomination last year.

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Drama winner The Republic, The River won Best Telenovela, Best Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Best Supporting Actress (Mary-Anne Barlow) as well craft awards for Directing, Script, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, and Hair and Makeup.

Other winners in the category included Arendsvlei, which won Best Actor for Roberto Kyle and a craft award for Art Direction; The Queen, which won Best Supporting Actor for Loyiso MacDonald; and Isibaya, which won Best Music.

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The Republic

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With seven awards, Mzansi Magic’s The Republic was the most-awarded drama series and the second most awarded series overall.

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also make Best Telenovela winner The River, The Republic won Best Drama, Best Actress (Florence Masebe) and Best Supporting Actor (Seputla Sebogodi) as well as craft awards for Directing, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Sound, and Music.

Other winners in the category included eHostela, which won Best Actor for Wiseman Mncube; iThemba, which won Best Supporting Actress for Brenda Ngxoli; Ifalakahe, which won craft awards for Best Wardrobe and Makeup and Hair and Die Spreeus, which won a craft for Editing.

Congratulations @FloMasebe. #SAFTAs14. You may let this pass as just but one of those things; but this time, we won’t let your humility get in the way of what many of us believe you deserved many a years back… BRAVO.

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Living the Dream with Somizi

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2020 is turning into quite a year for Somizi: he tied the knot a second time with Mohale, watched their Showmax wedding special break records on the platform, and last night Living The Dream With Somizi was named Best Structured or Docu-Reality Show at the SAFTAs.

Season 4 of the Mzansi Magic show saw the Idols SA judge engaged and living with Mohale for the first time, and followed the build up to their spectacular traditional wedding ceremony.

Elders: Japan

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At last night’s SAFTAs, kykNET’s Elders: Japan won Best Lifestyle Show.

In this travelogue, Erns Grundling, who gave us Elders: Die Camino, heads to Japan to walk two more pilgrimages and see if the country is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

He attempts to conquer Mount Fuji in thick snow, and interviews several international rugby players ahead of the World Cup. He also explores Japan’s wonderful culture, cuisine, incredible cities and scenery, and even tries to be a samurai warrior, ninja and sumo wrestler.

This fun series will entice you to put Japan on your travel bucket list.

Buddha in Africa

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Buddha in Africa won both Best Documentary and Best Directing.

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

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At last night’s SAFTAs, Stroop won for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground.

Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

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