Vues d’Afrique Top Picks: Day One

The festival Vues d’Afrique commences today!


Did you know The Forgotten Kingdom is Winner of The Best Feature at Woodstock, Winner of the African Movie Academy Awards and Winner of Best Director Award?

Don’t miss the chance to to view The Forgotten Kingdom, El Djazaïr mon amour & L’oeil Du Cyclone – Le Film, today at the Vues d’Afrique.

Slayedit New York’s Top Picks for today:

L’Oeil du Cyclone


Country: Burkina Faso

Director : Sékou Traoré

Director’s Country of Origin : Burkina Faso

Avec : Fargass Assandé, Serge Henry, Maïmouna N’Diaye, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo

Production : Abissia Productions, Films de l’Avalon (Les), VYNAVY Productions

Country of Production : Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France

Time : 73 mins

Genre : drama

Room: Salle de projection principale

 Protagonists: Emma, a young lawyer, and daughter of a jeweler and  Blackshouam, a child soldier who grew up to live up to the name of “The Butcher” for his ferocious atrocities as a militant rebel solider.
Having lived through the dangers of being removed from her home town along with her family by a militant  rebel group, for the purpose of occupying the diamond mines – Twenty-five years later, she is commissioned to be legal counsel for Blackshouam. The dichotomy shows the “two sides of modern Africa”.

El Djazaïr mon amour

mon amour

Country: Algeria/Canada

Au rythme du temps d’Elias Djemil

La douceur de ses mains de Michaël Pineault

Karim+Hadjer de Samuel Matteau

Une idée pour demain de Guillaume Fournier

1, 2, 3 viva l’Algérie de Yannick Nolin

Genre : documentary

Time : 73 mins

Room: Salle Fernand-Seguin

By making short films linked by the theme of love, five filmmakers from Quebec City with disparate visions indulged in a subjective exploration of Algeria, some fifty years after its revolution. Their movies are shot on location with people met along the way, they’re all gateways that are used to better understand the Algerian society, as well as the many challenges it continues to face every day.

The Forgotten Kingdom


Country: South Africa

Length: 97 Minutes

Language: Sesotho (English subtitles)

Production Countries: Lesotho and South Africa

Written and Directed by Andrew Mudge

Produced by T.R. Boyce, Jr., Pieter Lombaard, Cecil Matlou, and Andrew Mudge

Executive Producers: Chris Roland and Terry Leonard

Cinematography by Carlos Carvalho

Music by Robert Miller

Casting by Bonnie Lee Bouman

Featuring: Zenzo Ngqobe (Atang) • Nozipho Nkelemba (Dineo) • Jerry Mofokeng (Katleho) • Lebohang Ntsane (Orphan Boy) •Moshoeshoe Chabeli (Priest) • Lillian Dube (Doctor) • Jerry Phele (Atang’s father)

Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.


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