UNDER THE HANGING TREE initially premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) in January 2023. It will be showcased at the Namibia Film Commission’s Film Week from September 25-29, 2023, where a decision on an Oscar submission will likely be made.
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The filmmakers say they want to challenge traditional, linear models of dramaturgy and retelling of history, combining traditional methods of storytelling with modern technology to create a comprehensive experience.
“Hondo ended up like a liberator-hero whose people enjoy the freedom celebrations but who forget he was the one who made it happen.”
Kino Lorber will open the film exclusively in theaters, starting on October 27, the distributor announced today.
The first film selections and funding recipients for the 36th edition of the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival) — the world’s largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam — have been announced, and African stories (past and present) are well-represented.
Eight African countries submitted films for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards: Algeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. This year?
The deal follows the project’s selection in First Look, the works-in-progress strand of Locarno Pro at the Locarno Film Festival in August.
Funding was pulled due to an intimate scene involving minors that was added to the script without being pre-approved in the shooting schedule. But the film did screen at the festival.
The films, GIVE ME A RIDDLE (1966) and BUSHMAN (1971), offer a unique lens into Nigerian experiences during pivotal moments in history.
From clueless makeup artists to the pressures of conforming to industry standards, the documentary will shed light on systemic issues and calls for greater inclusivity and understanding.