New Voices from Africa

Prizefighters in 1960s Belgian Congo, the middle-class in modern-day Nigeria, urban refugees in Guinea, and villagers in Burkina Faso: these shorts may span the African continent for inspiration, but all are connected by their focus on the power of economics. African Middleweights (Africains poids moyens) (Daniel Cattier, Zimbabwe/Belgium, 2004, 18 mins, In Lingala and French with English subtitles, B&W) uses the boxing arena as metaphor for racial and colonial struggle, as a Congolese boxer must decide between participating in a fixed match against a Belgian fighter or standing up for his pride, and his nation. In Something Else (Nkan mii) (Seke Somolu, Nigeria, 2004, 16 mins, In English and Yoruba with English subtitles), a middle-class man in Lagos finds himself looking downwards towards economic oblivion, while the teens of Be Kunko (Everybody's Problem) (Cheick Fantamady Camara, Guinea, 2004, 30 mins, In Creole, French, and Malinké with English subtitles), stuck in an urban refugee camp and moving from robbery to prostitution, are only looking for a way up. Finally, the young girl of Safi (Safi, la petite mère) (Rasò Ganemtoré, Burkina Faso, 2004, 30 mins, In French with English subtitles) flees from her village to a large city, anxious to find a new life for herself and her infant brother.

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