Four Afrocentric Films to Enjoy this Easter Holiday

Hey lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Easter is definitely the time to tap into your spirituality, spend time with the people you care about and just hit the refresh button. I’ve been watching a lot of films and thought I’d share some films you might enjoy for that downtime this weekend.

 Guava Island

This movie is so soulful and refreshing. In Guava, Daniel Glover continues to challenge how mainstream art can still be used to spark up necessary conversations about capitalism, American hegemony and the creation of liberatory Afro-centric spaces centred on black love. What I particularly found interesting was the choice not to imitate Caribbean accents. Black Panther and the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind are two films that have received criticism for their inaccurate depiction of local languages. I also can’t fail to mention that some of our faves, that is, Rihanna and Laëtitia Wright, star in the film! A bit under an hour, check out the film on Amazon Prime or wherever you get movies, if you know what I mean 🙂

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Homecoming

Unless you are living in a hole, you have probably heard about this film by now. There are a lot of mixed reviews about it so don’t expect a miracle. Recommend this for people like me who did not watch Coachella (Beychella) but it also has a few snippets into the emotional, physical and mental physical preparation behind her performance. Beyonce is definitely a woman in her own league and it is so wonderful to see her excel and dominate the entertainment industry for all these decades.Definitely worth your two hours! And oh, it’s on Netflix.

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Rafiki

Had to give a shout out to Kenya’s own Rafiki even though it’s not quite yet available on demand. I recently had the opportunity to see it after missing its showings in both Kenya and the US but it was definitely worth the anxious wait. Queer Africa is alive and bold. It is not seeking approval just its rights and Wanuri portrays why we need to lend our voice to it now more than ever. Beautiful storytelling, bold colors, vibrant urban culture, all that I know Nairobi to be and more. Simply put, if you can watch it, do.

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The Burial of Kojo

This is a beautiful Ghanaian film by Blitz Bazawule, based on the love between a father and a daughter, life and death, triumph and loss. If you have been in an African film class, you will quickly notice the techniques: myths, slow narration, wise angles, circular storytelling, use of color, music etc. In many ways I would argue this is the new Ousmane Sembene or Haile Gerima but let me not get ahead of myself. To think this film started with a go fund me campaign that attracted the likes of Jessie Williams and Ava Duvernay makes me want to pinch myself but after all this is 2019, everything is possible online. Despite it being a must-watch,  I’ll warn you that it is a bit of a slow movie so wouldn’t watch it too late if I were you. Otherwise, you can enjoy this work of art on Netflix.

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Enjoy!

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Atieno Otieno

An intersectional learner, unapologetic feminist, radical afro-centrist and holistic wellness enthusiast passionate about decentralizing knowledge and leaving an impactful footprint in this digital world.

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