Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AFRICA UNITED (An Upcoming Movie with African Child Cast)

Africa United: left to right, Foreman George (Yves Desenge), Beatrice Kayenzi (Sanu Joanita Kintu), Fabrice Kabera (Roger Nsengiyumva), Celeste (Sherrie Silver), Dudu Kayenzi (Eriya Ndayambaje).
Photograph: Nick Wall/Africa United
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website:
http://www.africaunitedmovie.com/
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TRAILER
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11566473

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Ohhhhhhhhwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I am so so so so happy looking ofrward to this movie. I just love the trailer and will advocate and advertise it as much as i can to reach the masses to watch it.
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The critics are calling it "Africa Slumdog Millonaires'. I just love love love love the trailer. I am always so frustruated by our child actors cos apart from the few i mentioned here in this thread below:

http://myafricanmoviereviews.blogspot.com/2009/05/nollywood-child-actors-vs-hollywood.html

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Majority of them are just blah with the acting and just chew and pour the lines which always comes out so rehearsed (But i dont blame them one bit - it takes a good director to direct and child to make them shine - case closed). And I guess when i wrote that article, I was only focusing on Nigeria and Ghana only (which is a BIG MISTAKE TO DO WHEN YOU TALK OF AFRICAN MOVIES - because trust me the many anglophone and francophone movie industry may not have as much buzz but believe me when i say always always they make it to the top film festivals - they care about Quality and not Quantity) - I will always advocate for great african movies no matter which part of africa its from.

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To the new comers watching african movies, please get this straight, when we talk of NOLLYWOOD or GHANA movies -these two countries out of 54 countries in the continent of Africa - DO NOT represent the whole of africa. NOLLYWOOD does not represent Ghana Movie Industry nor the Whole of "African Movie Industry the same way GHANA MOVIE INDUSTRY does not represent Nigeria nor the Whole of Africa - One may collab with the other or vice versa, but they are just part of a whole big pie and going to get even bigger in the whole continent (ps: I dont like to use the silly aka for Ghana Movie Industry "GHOLLYWOOD or GHALLYWOOD or whatever the hell they call it" - when my website is launched I look forward to hold a competition amongst the ghanaian youth -in collaboration some key industry folks- to come up with more creative name for Ghana Movie Industry- the winner will get a price - this "WOOD" stuff should not stick, i advise the other upcoming african countries jumping on the WOOD bandwagon to stop it, its just ridiculus SOLLYWOOD-Sierra Leone,CAMMYWOOD-Cameroon,LIBBYWOOOD-Liberia - u have got to be kidding me - i mean Hollywood is probably laughing at us - Let us just stop at BOLLYWOOD, NOLLYWOOD please, thats enough- moving foward lets be creative - a nice unique african name will be nice).

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I just wanted to get that straight and if you want to read further on the different film industries in the continent of AFRICA go here to wikipedia to read it or dig elsewhere for more research since http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Nigeria and/or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_cinema

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I beam with joy when i see african kids who act good and in regards to our kids from the south, i always knew they were very eloquent from watching the Oprah Leadership school interview the prospective students from the slums. I was so shocked - kids from my nation especially from the poor backgrounds dont speak this eloquent (maybe in the native language but not english), poverty kinda snuffs out a childs confidence sometimes. So watching this video several years ago i was very impressed. If i was a movie producer this girl (Thando from South Africa) in this video at 1:00 mark, is the type of african child actress i will be most eager to cast - similar to those child actors this upcoming movie Africa United (these kids in the movie are apparently products of Rwanda). I have no doubt in my mind she would be a successful african actress - i have never forgotten here since i watched this video years ago.

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AFRICA HAS A LOT OF GREAT HIDDEN TALENTS. (Off Topic: by the way i encourage every parent and every teacher to purchase the below video off of Oprah website and let your children watch it to be encourage and inspired that even if you come from nothing - you should never give up life - the courage of these kidds in this documentary was infectious to me even as an adult)

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Storyline
In rural Rwanda, Dudu (Ndayambaje) is a 13-year-old fast-talker who seems able to make just about anything happen. He convinces his pal Fabrice (Nsengiyumva) into trying out for a team of children taking part in the World Cup opening ceremony. But their journey is derailed when they board the wrong bus, and they end up as refugees travelling cross-country to Johannesburg. Along the way, they're joined by young Bea (Kintu), who wants to become a doctor; George (Dusenge), who's running from gun-toting thugs; and teen runaway Celeste (Silver), who works in the sex trade.
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The film tackles several of the continent's biggest issues without ever wallowing in them - the generational ravages of Aids, child soldiers, educational challenges, international aid, class inequality. This is merely the fabric of everyday life for these children, as is their consuming obsession with football. Each of them has a telling skill to contribute (Dudu is an expert at making footballs from condoms and plastic bags), and all of them maintain optimism even in the face of unsettling violence.
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The young cast fill the screen with personality and attitude, not to mention seemingly boundless physical energy. Each of the four travellers has a distinct back-story, and the script perhaps tries too hard to keep the tone jaunty and cute. This strains their abilities as actors (Dusenge and Silver give the strongest performances), although their raw authenticity makes up for that. And the positive mindset of these characters is both revealing and inspiring.
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Director Gardner-Paterson keeps the tone light even while exploring some very dark subjects, while Dudu's epic storytelling lets her insert some spirited and colourful animation. Of course there's a lot of spectacular scenery along the way as well. But it's the humanity of the film that lingers in the memory: the way these children just want to live a full life, even if it means risking everything on a daring adventure.
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Theme

Made in Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa, it includes many issues other continents would associate with Africa: AIDS, child soldiers, lack of schooling, war and prostitution. But it deals with them in a matter-of-fact, occasionally light-hearted fashion
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Produced By

-Mark Blaney

-Jackie Shephard

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Co-Producer & Media Production

.Eric Kabera

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Directed By
Debs Gardner-Paterson (Her First Directorial Debut - EXCELLENT!)
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Written By
-Rhiddian Brook
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Location:
-Set in South Africa, Rwanda and Burundi
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Starring:
-Foreman George (Yves Desenge),

-Beatrice Kayenzi (Sanu Joanita Kintu),

-Fabrice Kabera (Roger Nsengiyumva),

-Celeste (Sherrie Silver),

-Dudu Kayenzi (Eriya Ndayambaje)
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Its always very sad to me when africans can never tell our own story so well that we have to wait for foreigners to come tell it and win awards for it, Just as, THE KING OF SCOTLAND, HOTEL RWANDA and many more.

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Yes you may blame funding (as always - what else is new) but that is no excuse, you start of small with a with the little funding you have (GREAT SCRIPT DOESNT NEED MONEY - IT SIMPLY NEEDS CREATIVE BRAINS) and maybe just maybe a angel investor may help you do it big in future like this.

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You are not doing anybody when you put our CRAP QUICKIE PRODUCED MOVIES, You are doing your self - A WORD TO THE WISE IS ENOUGH. Utterly fabulous script (if you are on of the YeYe producers kicking ya self right bout now asking why didnt i think of such a great script especially during the Africa World Cup - cos you were busy spending that quick buck ya made on your quickie crap movie, you were too busy to think (thinking seldom happens). I am so proud of our other african countries - they are doing so well and I will always give them a shout out for their good work.

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sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11566473

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THE MOVIE HAS ALREADY PREMIERED IN UK THIS PAST WEEKEND (Oct 22nd) AND WE IN THE USA EAGERLY WAIT TO WATCH THIS MOVIE - AND I FEEL IT SO WELL - IT WOULD MAKE IT TO THE OSCARS Feb/Mar 2011- Its already made it to London and Toronto film festivals and I dont have a doubt it will make it to Sundance. Ohhhh i love this - the trailer makes me so happy and so eager.

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3 comments:

Nollywood Forever said...

OH MY JEEE-SOS! I went to go watch thie movie yesterday cos I saw it was on at the coenma near my work. I even had my popcorn ready and the stupid witch at the cinema made my card get locked in the machine!!! Hopefully I will get another chance to see it as it does not seem to be shwoing everywhere.

LindaN. said...

Miss Tilli it doesnt matter
anglophone, francophone which I have no problem in both areas. You should definitely continue to give buzz about the great work people are out to watch period.

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