African Film: AFRICOM GO HOME – Foreign Bases out of Africa

A documentary by Aziz Salmone Fall shot within the context of the fiftieth anniversary of the “Independence” of African states (OAS 1963-2013). AFRICOM GO HOME is an anti-propaganda, not-for-profit film dedicated to raising public consciousness by opening up a space for discussion and building a sound information base drawn from archival records. This documentary represents my views,…

Redi Tlhabi on South2North

South2North celebrates Nelson Mandela with his documentary filmmakers

This Friday on Al Jazeera’s global talk show South2North, Redi Tlhabi will celebrate the life of Nobel Prize laureate and former South African president Nelson Mandela. “With South Africa in mourning, this edition of South2North is dedicated to the memory of South Africa’s first democratically elected leader, Nelson Mandela,” says Redi, who hosts South2North from Johannesburg. “Those who’ve been in Nelson…

Felix wins Audience Award at Durban International Film Festival

At the 34th Durban International Film Festival, audiences watching Felix laughed, cried and voted the feel-good South African family movie Best Film. The audience award was announced at Southern Africa’s premiere film festival on Saturday at the closing night event at the Suncoast CineCentre Cinema. In Felix, 14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but…

African History: Timbuktu in the 14th century and today

Timbuktu (English pronunciation: pron.: /ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/; French: Tombouctou pronounced: [tɔ̃bukˈtu]; Koyra Chiini: Tumbutu), formerly also spelled Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is a town in the West African nation of Mali situated 20 km (12 mi) north of the River Niger on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. The town is the capital of the Timbuktu Region, one of the eight administrative regions of Mali. It had a population of 54,453 in the 2009 census.