Author: Tambay A. Obenson

Berlinale Briefs: THE CEMETERY OF CINEMA, The Essence and Influence of Art

THE CEMETERY OF CINEMA, a debut documentary by Guinean filmmaker Thierno Souleymane Diallo, embarks on a captivating journey to uncover the enigma of “Mouramani,” a 1953 film by fellow Guinean Mamadou Touré. Revered as the first film by a Black French-speaking director and a trailblazer in African cinema, the existence and content of “Mouramani” remain […]

Berlinale 2023 Briefs: THE SURVIVAL OF KINDNESS, In the Silence, Strength

“The Survival of Kindness,” directed by Rolf de Heer, emerges as a confounding yet captivating neo-western, largely buoyed by the remarkable performance of Congolese actress Mwajemi Hussein. In the film, Hussein does the heavy lifting, delivering a powerful performance that aligns with the director’s tradition of crafting stories with minimal dialogue, relying heavily on physical […]

Berlinale Briefs: AI: AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE, Challenging the Dominant Narratives

AI: AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE is a captivating and stimulating essay film that explores the connections between African rituals of possession and artificial intelligence. The film, directed by Manthia Diawara, a renowned scholar and filmmaker, is a visual adaptation of his book of the same name, which was commissioned by Gluon, a platform for art and science collaboration. […]

Berlinale 2023 Briefs: ALL THE COLOURS OF THE WORLD ARE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE, Love and Self-Discovery in Nigeria

“All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White” is a poignant coming-of-age film set against the backdrop of a Nigeria that is itself grappling with its own coming of age. The film tenderly explores themes often considered taboo in Nigerian society, providing a narrative that is both thought-provoking and deeply resonant. Central […]