'Uprooted': The film that reclaims the true history of jazz dance
When we think of jazz dance - we may think of Broadway, the West End, Liza Minelli or West Side Story. The illuminating film “Uprooted” takes us way further back to the roots of this dance of African descent, born out of slavery and entangled with the African American experience through hip hop and beyond.
EYIMOFE (This is My Desire) | Trailer
Set in Lagos, Nigeria Eyimofe (This is My Desire) follows the stories of Mofe, a factory technician, and Rosa, a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away. #EYIMOFE
Paris residents fed up with noise from 'Covid' terraces
Authorities in Paris have extended permits for cafe and restaurant owners to install terraces outside their premises in order to maintain business. But it's not good news for some city residents, who, through resident associations, complain about the noise.
North Nigeria's 'Northflix' streaming site sees lockdown boom
At a time when the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on businesses around the world, the film industry in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north is going from strength to strength. The region's movie machine -- dubbed Kannywood after its largest city Kano -- has become the dominant source of entertainment for West Africa's 80 million Hausa speakers. And Northflix, Kannywood's fledgling online streaming platform, has seen its client base soar since authorities imposed lockdowns to contain the coronavirus pandemic in March.
#CancelNetflix trending on social media over 'Cuties' film backlash
A French movie called "Mignonnes" ("Cuties") that arrived on Netflix this week has been met with controversy. Critics of the film say it sexualizes young women, while many argue that the initial marketing of the film didn't do it justice. In other news, big tech names have announced major changes to their platforms. The efforts by Google, Twitter and Facebook aim to avoid misinformation before the upcoming elections in the US.
Nigerian filmmakers lament tough times amid COVID-19 pandemic
The ban on film production in Nigeria has partially eased, but strict guidelines are in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus, meaning big changes to procedures on-set. Producers now work with very limited crew and actors, with the production team for one sitcom scaling down from 70 crew members to 12.
Film show: Time-bending extravaganza 'Tenet' rides to the rescue for European cinemas
It's the big release we were never quite sure we'd see: Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" has come to European screens, boosting box office figures after a lacklustre summer for cinemas. Our film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her take on Nolan's cerebral, extravagant offering starring John David Washington, Elisabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh. We also take a look at what's coming up on the festival beat as the Lido welcomes a scaled-down selection to this year's Mostra in Venice and Deauville goes ahead with its festival of American film despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Lyon: A visit to France's food capital
In January, the FRANCE 24 culture team went to the French gastronomy capital of Lyon to film a show about the foodie wonders of the city. But before we could broadcast it, the health crisis struck and restaurants in France were closed for three months. Things aren't completely back to normal - but we still want you to discover some of the city's most exciting restaurants. Join us as we make a meal our of our daily culture show in the city where the modern food world was born and where it continues to evolve.
Although I seem happy, I have my downtime when things don't add up – Ms. Pepo || Popsicles
On Popsicles this week, celebrity dancer and entertainer Onaope Olatunde popularly known as Ms. Pepo talks about her happy moments, downtime, family, acting career, and most embarrassing moment.
Film show: Carnival of love as woman falls for a fairground ride in 'Jumbo'
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including "Jumbo", an objectophilia film written and directed by first-time Belgian filmmaker Zoé Wittock and based on a true story. They also review former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's political satire "Irresistible", leading Romanian director Cristi Puiu's period drama talkfest "Malmkrog" and the restoration and re-release of David Cronenberg's 1996 adaptation of author J.G. Ballard's 1973 novel "CRASH".