Films I am looking forward to watching

12 years a slave

Although, the era of slave movies seems to have died out (Amazing Grace and Amistad were the last big ones), I think Chiwetel will give good value for money. The cast seems good. I am a bit doubtful of Brad Pitt, though, his performances are usually stellar, but movie audiences do not exactly seem to appreciate his acting prowess, which I have not doubted since Legends of the Fall. 12 years a slave nevertheless seems like good cinema.
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Half of a Yellow Sun
I know, Chiwetel again, but this is a book I enjoyed and I do so sincerely hope that the film does the book credit. There are some stories that have to be told and I think Ms Adiche did well to tell the story of Biafra. As Nigerians we should not shy away from our history, we should embrace it, learn from it and grow.
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Long Walk to Freedom
This is Nelson Mandela’s story so it will of necessity have friends and foes, a bit like Gandhi, but more so. Nevertheless, I think it will be worth a watch, especially of you have read the book.

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Let me know what films you’d like to see and why.

Foluke’s Spoken Word Poetry: African Child & He Reigns

 

 

 

‘Africa is an eternal thought in the mind of God.

If there were no Africa, I’d dream of her.

My dreams would be filled with moonlight and sunlight,

Raging rivers and still seas, cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers.

I’d dream of sounds of sorrow, loud laughter, strains of songs,

Wailing and weeping, groans and grunts, cries and cackles.

I’d hear the slap of bare feet running across the Savannah floor,

The clap of hands, rhythmically imploring the divine deity,

The music of the forest, the silence of the desert, the rhythm of Africa.

All through the night, my dreams would be dreams of Africa

Dreams of her painful beauty, dreams of her serene bondage.

And then the sun will rise…over Africa.’