This week in honor of Black History Month (BHM), I will look at African/Nollywood films. Every year, in my city, there is a huge African film festival for BHM. I have missed the last couple years of the festival, but I am determined to see as many as I can this year. There are so many great stories to be told from the African diaspora/beyond Hollywood. The film festival is a great opportunity to see/support these groundbreaking films.
I REALLY wanted to see the first film of the festival. However, I was dead tired after work, so skipped it. The film is called“Grigris…”
“The great African filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun has made some of the most profound and important films to emerge from the continent in the past two decades, including A Screaming Man, which opened our 2011 festival after winning the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010. His new film is not only beautiful to look at, but it is also a superb humanist drama with thriller elements. Set in Chad, Grigris follows a young man who dreams of rising above his economic and physical impediments. Despite his partial paralysis, 25-year-old Grigris (stunningly portrayed by Souleymane Démé) dreams of becoming a dancer. He displays nimbleness on the dance floor despite his serious disability, and becomes the toast of the nightclubs. When his stepfather falls critically ill, Grigris is forced to find dangerous and illegal work, which has grave consequences. This visually stunning, ultimately uplifting film is a thoughtful portrait of one man’s story in a war-ravaged country on the brink of change.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles.”
I wish I would’ve sucked it up, because the film looks really good. Hopefully, I can get the movie once it’s released on DVD …