Young Africa: Shorts Program | Chicago Reader

Young Africa: Shorts Program

Showing as part of the Film Center's series on new African cinema, this program collects five accomplished shorts by emerging filmmakers. Manu Kurewa, a native of Zimbabwe who studied in Britain, contributes two effective vignettes about race and the vestiges of colonialism: in the touching One Sunday Morning (1997) a poor Nigerian couple who've taken political refuge in London agonize over their visa status and possible deportation, and in Mangwana (1998) a prejudiced white man stranded in an African village accepts the hospitality of a black family whose patriarch remembers the apartheid era. In Celine Gilbert's Surrender (2000) a young heir falls in love with a fisherman on the Zanzibar coast but must accommodate his father's wish for a grandson; the film nicely contrasts the two lovers' carefree time together with the rituals of a traditional Muslim household. And in Ermias Woldeamlak's Ethiopian short The Father (2000) an apolitical painter is pressured by brutal cops to kill his dissident friend; despite the rough edges, it drives home the need to take a stand against oppression. Also on the program: Orwell A. Brown's Sunglasses (2000), from the Ivory Coast. 112 min.

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