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The filming of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ has begun

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The cast and crew of the 2018 superhero film ‘Black Panther’ are finding it “extremely emotional” to return to work without late actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020, according to studio head Kevin Feige.

Variety quoted Feige as saying: “Without Chad, it’s obvious that it’s a highly emotional situation.

“Everyone is, nevertheless, really enthusiastic to reintroduce the world of Wakanda to the general public and to the fans. We’ll accomplish it in a way that Chad would be proud of.”

Ryan Coogler is back to direct from his own screenplay, and production began on Tuesday at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.

The plot and cast are being kept under wraps, though Feige has stated that the original stars will return.

Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are all said to be reprising their roles.

Last month, Bassett, who played Romanda, the mother of Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa/Black Panther, stated that surpassing the previous film’s popularity will be difficult, but she believes in the crew.

“It’ll be interesting to see if it can topple the cultural phenomenon that it was. It’ll be fascinating to see how we go about doing that again.”

Despite the hurdles faced by the devastating loss of Chadwick – who died at the age of 43 last August following a private cancer fight – the star has faith in Coogler to make the picture a success.

“But if there’s any potential of it being fantastic, I think we have (that) with Ryan Coogler, a visionary, a writer, director, and… the creative team that he surrounds himself with, whether it’s the director of photography, costume designer, or producers,” Angela asserted.

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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers  

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Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”

One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.

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It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.

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Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.

This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.

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Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community

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Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: ANIMATION TRAINING FOR EAST AFRICAN WOMEN

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The Ladima Foundation announced earlier this year a cooperation with Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA) and the Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) to provide training, development, and professional opportunities to women working in the animation industry in East Africa. (more…)

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