In this week’s “This is Culture” on the Morning Call, Linnete Bahati talks about the Toronto International Film Festival currently underway in Canada. This year’s “City to City” programme put on the spotlight on film makers living and working in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital.
Some of the African films to be featured from Nollywood include: Mo Abudu’s production, The Wedding Party, The Arbitration, 76, 93 days, Green White Green, Just not Married, Okafor’s Law and Oka Ashewo.
South Africa is also represented at the festival with Happiness is a four-letter word, Pop Lock n Roll, a hip-hop and break dance film, Mrs Right Guy among others.
The Nairobi creative scene will also have a moment to shine with Tuko Macho, the only African web series to be screened at the festival. There’s also Kati Kati from the same country.
Films in the African and Diasporan-related projects include Queen of Katwe which tells the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy and features renowned actress Lupita Nyongo. A United Kingdom is also another feature film which dramatizes the real-life romance of Botswana’s first president, Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), and his English wife, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike).
Linnete also asks how well you know you are African by giving a few examples of #youknowyouareafrican hashtag on twitter.