A lot of fun (beautifully shot, charmingly performed, fascinating dialogue on the meaning of African identity and cinema), but I fear my lack of experience with African cinema leaves me ill-equipped to appreciate this film’s cultural significance and subtext to a greater extent. Due for a rewatch when I see more films from African shores, and from Bekolo himself, who appears from this to be a vibrant and compelling voice.
P.S. -- I exclusively review films no one gives a shit about from now on. :muscle:
What happens when you combine the obnoxious visual approach to music of Baz Luhrmamn, the historical revisionism of Tarantino, the rapping ability of Will Smith and the problematic whitewashing of a ninth grade history textbook with the intolerable narcissism of Lin Manuel Miranda? Hamilton!, A frighteningly popular piece of music theatre that asks young people to look up to slave owners who set up the apparatus of systemic racism that still cripples the lives and socioeconomic development of millions of people…
The Films of Karsten Runquist
Pine (2018), Rhubarb (2020) & Wave Sounds (2020)
The essence of the cinematic art form is something much debated and discussed by film scholars, artists and regular moviegoers for more than a century now, but if there was one overriding point that could most likely provide the through line between all of these arguments it would be that a film, like any work of art, must “say” something. It must try to convey a message, or…