African CInema NOW!

Podcast (in Development) 2017 Writer/Director/Producer Ekwa Msangi Half hour episodes in conversation with African film artists discussing their work, inspiration, and everything between the pen and the screen. To be released soon! Listen to the Sampler “Growing Up Nollywood” with Ernest Danjuma

First there was Sarafina!, and now The Queen of Katwe

It’s hard to explain what it’s like to have grown up NEVER seeing your own image in a movie or TV show except in crisis on the news. I know people talk about that a lot, especially in this age of pushback on the lack of diversity and representation in film and TV, but seriously. Never. […]

Not-for-Profit African Filmmaking

  I’ve never considered how deeply steeped in Western culture screenwriting is until I had to teach it in Swahili. Seriously yo, by the end of the day my brain is thoroughly fried trying to find ways to explain “the inciting incident” and “character patterns” and goodness knows what else that just doesn’t have an easy […]

Congo Update:

So just to let you know that I was wrong about everything. Every last thing on my list ala #New Year, New You. Everything except the lack of enough veggies…though it’s not as bad as I imagined. Oh and also I’m fighting a cold but not due to over-ACing. Also, I’m having technical difficulties with […]

Mediocre…as Compared to What?

So the other day I had a heated debate with a chap who thought that a certain African film that I adore was “crap” because it had “no depth” and was thus “mediocre” and not worth supporting. He said he was opposed to supporting an African film just for the fact that it’s African, proclaiming […]

Why “Viva Riva!” Matters…

Okay, so I’ve been raving about this film for weeks now. Yes, it’s super hot, yes it’s super sexy, yes its action-packed and all else. Fantastic. But believe it or not, I’m not just a groupie. (Well, not JUST a groupie!) Let me explain why Viva Riva! matters in the African film world and why […]