Jocelyne LaGarde in her first and only film role as “Queen Malama Kanakoa” in the 1966 film, Hawaii. She was nominated for the Oscar and the Golden Globe for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her work in this film. She won the Golden Globe.
Ouagadougou, Capitale du Cinéma (2001) - dir. Mohamed Challouf // Tunisia
Les Saignantes (2005) - dir. Jean-Pierre Bekolo // Cameroon & France
A futuristic film set in a dystopian Cameroonian city, Les Saignantes is shot in high contrast lighting during one long continuous night in which two women, Cuy and Chouchou who are equal parts witches, sex workers and political activists, must navigate the city as the attempt to get rid of the body of one of their clients.
"I felt very sad. I felt like there should be two of us standing here."
Happy Together (1997), Wong Kar-Wai
In A Time Of Violence (1994) - dir. Brian Tilley // South Africa
The television drama by Brian Tilley is a fast paced political thriller set during the final tense months of apartheid. The series’ hero, Bongani, a young ANC activist and poet from Soweto, is the sole witness to a brutal train massacre by an Inkatha militant. When Bongani is recognized he and his girlfriend, Mpho, take refuge in his uncle’s run-down apartment in Johannesburg.
A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین - Jodái-e Náder az Simin) by Asghar Farhadi (2011)
To say that the Iranian masterpiece is primarily about the tragic dissolution of a marriage would be superficial. The story begins as marital dispute but grows into a drama encompassing the criminal justice system, religious faith, the loss of childhood innocence, bureaucratic nightmare, and maybe most importantly, class disparity
It is a poor family’s quest for judicial justice, after a miscarriage (caused by physical trauma), that reveals the nature of class divisions in contemporary Iranian society.
Hojjat [pictured above] is the type of character that you may detest or are afraid of because of his hot temper and penchant for physical confrontation. But it is impossible to not empathize with him when he cuts to really burning questions about the perceptions and treatment of working-class Iranians like himself and his family.
Wadjda Wasn’t the First Feature Film Shot Entirely in Saudi Arabia:
There is this inaccurate “fact” going around, intentionally for publicity or not, regarding the recent Saudi film Wadjda as being the first ever feature film to be shot in Saudi Arabia. This is in fact is not correct. Since in 1980, a Saudi Action-Drama film titled “Appointement with the Unknown موعد مع المجهول" was produced and shot entirely in Al Riyadh, but never saw the light in Cinemas or Television due to its length. The film was around 3 hours, and was directed and written by Egyptian director Niyazi Ahmed, starring one of Saudi Arabia earliest actors Saad Khedir سعد خضر, in addition to a group of upcoming Saudi actors like Fawaz and Saleh al Zair. The film was produced by the Ministry of Interior, and these images seen here were only revealed in 2009 by Saad Khedir himself to Al-Jazira Newspaper (x).
C’est La Vie - A Love Story (2014) - dir. Kiandra Parks // France
Kiki and her boyfriend met on New Years Eve. They fell in love in Paris. Their long distance relationship endures ups and downs, but Kiki is sure he is her soul mate; her psychic told her so. Kiki relocates to Paris in a final attempt to make her relationship work, but on her journey she discovers the thing she least expects and learns to surmount her biggest obstacle.
Kiandra Parks’, writer, director, and star of the film, has 7 days left until her Kickstarter to help fund the production of the film is up. Click here to donate!
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¿Somos? AKA Are We? (1982) - dir. Carlos Hugo Christensen // Argentina
Carlos Hugo Christensen’s homoerotic romance tells the story of the three corners of the Buenos Aires neighborhood known as Recoleta where life and death pursue parallel paths. Lecube is staying in a hotel with his lover Celia and his son Marcelo with whom his friend Toto is trying to initiate a relationship. The film is based on Eduardo Gudiño Kieffer’s story, “Si No Vino es Porque No Vino” (“If He Didn’t Come It’s Because He Didn’t Come”).