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African challenge; Official, January 2015
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Goal: Watch as many African films as possible in the month of January

Rules:

- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed

Official lists:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/fespaco+-+etalon+de+yennenga/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/guide+to+african+cinema/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/diffs+the+100+greatest+arab+films/
(includes North Africa: Thanks to Mjf for this spreadsheet showing which films on the DIFF list are from which country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdEZKUVJCWWU2RXZyd09kMUVpemxvVWc&gid=2&richtext=true
(Some of them are co-productions so you'll have to check which one is the main country. )

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/unescos+memory+of+the+world+national+cinematic+heritage/
[Angola (1-15), Burkina Faso (86-100), Ivory Coast (160-173), Egypt (215-229),
Ethiopia (230-243)]

Unofficial lists:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/official+checks+africa/knaldskalle/ [now updated to include African films on DIFF list! Thanks, Knaldskalle!]
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/mubis+top+african+films/timec/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cfbs+greatest+films+of+sub-saharan+africa/timec/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/african+submissions+for+the+academy+award+for+best+foreign+language+film/adamh/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/africa+movie+academy+-+best+film/ataraxic/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/most+important+100+egyptian+films/peacefulanarchy/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/al+ahrams+15+best+egyptian+films+of+all+time/mjf314/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/ousmane+sembene+filmography/nopros/

Additions welcome.

The host is open to opinions about whether the challenge should be limited to African cinema or should be open to movies set in Africa. The latter could be quite a range, from Hotel Rwanda and Pray the Devil back to Hell to Road to Morocco and The last remake of Beau Geste. Suggestions on where to draw the line?

Participants: [tally as of 1/20]

blocho - 9
cinephage - 2
gershwin -
jvv - 5
kingink - 11
knaldskalle - 7
lilarcor - 12
local hero -
marazmatique - 3
mightysparks -
nopros - 15
perceval - 5
prat - 2
tommy_leazaq - 1
3eyes - 6


Edited by 3eyes, Jan 21 2015, 01:55:51 PM.
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I'm in for a modest run.
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I'm in. I have a personal film goal for 2015 that says "reach Gold on FESPACO list" so I'll aim for 8. I won't get started until around the 4th, though, due to a family visit.
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I'm aiming for the bronze on the FESPACO list.

Knucklehead, if I did some research on the TIFF list could you add the African ones to your African official checks list?
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Jan 1 2015, 01:03:17 AM
I'm aiming for the bronze on the FESPACO list.

Knucklehead, if I did some research on the TIFF list could you add the African ones to your African official checks list?
This spreadsheet shows which films on the DIFF list are from which country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdEZKUVJCWWU2RXZyd09kMUVpemxvVWc&gid=2&richtext=true

Some of them are co-productions so you'll have to check which one is the main country.
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I'll try to watch a few. Probably with a tiny goal of 5.
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Since my attempts to do this independently for the past two years have faltered, I'm going to join the challenge. Goal is plat on FESPACO and gold on Guide to African Cinema.
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Other than KG kind of sites, are films from the two African lists available online for free? My African exposure is next to nothing. So willing to explore them.
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I'm in. I'll try to watch some movies from the Guide to African Cinema list.
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Jan 1 2015, 07:04:44 AM
Other than KG kind of sites, are films from the two African lists available online for free? My African exposure is next to nothing. So willing to explore them.
I assume many of them are on public trackers (but I didn't count how many). You should at least be able to find some Sembenes, Yeelen, Touki Bouki, Harvest 3000 Years, and some others.
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Jan 1 2015, 06:16:05 AM
Since my attempts to do this independently for the past two years have faltered, I'm going to join the challenge. Goal is plat on FESPACO and gold on Guide to African Cinema.
I hope I don't come across as too inquisitive, but do you have English subs for Aujourd'hui? Or are you lucky enough to also speak French?
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Jan 1 2015, 06:16:05 AM
Since my attempts to do this independently for the past two years have faltered, I'm going to join the challenge. Goal is plat on FESPACO and gold on Guide to African Cinema.
I hope I don't come across as too inquisitive, but do you have English subs for Aujourd'hui? Or are you lucky enough to also speak French?
Oui, je parle français. There might be one or two others on the Guide list that don't have English subs but do have French subs, I can't recall.
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Jan 1 2015, 01:32:30 AM
3eyes
Jan 1 2015, 01:03:17 AM
I'm aiming for the bronze on the FESPACO list.

Knucklehead, if I did some research on the TIFF list could you add the African ones to your African official checks list?
This spreadsheet shows which films on the DIFF list are from which country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdEZKUVJCWWU2RXZyd09kMUVpemxvVWc&gid=2&richtext=true

Some of them are co-productions so you'll have to check which one is the main country.
I've updated the list. Please let me know if you come across any errors, there were a large number of IMDB entries that had no useful info (synopsis/review) as to where the movie is from/takes place. A couple of movies were clearly outside Africa in terms of where they took place (Lebanon, Iraq), so I excluded those.

There is an entry on thes spreadsheet, "Heena", that doesn't seem to actually be on the iCM list (at least I can't find it) and IMDb says it's an Indian TV series. The director's name doesn't yield any results on IMDb either. Any idea where this comes from or what it should be?
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Jan 1 2015, 04:44:02 PM
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Jan 1 2015, 04:31:47 PM
PeacefulAnarchy
Jan 1 2015, 06:16:05 AM
Since my attempts to do this independently for the past two years have faltered, I'm going to join the challenge. Goal is plat on FESPACO and gold on Guide to African Cinema.
I hope I don't come across as too inquisitive, but do you have English subs for Aujourd'hui? Or are you lucky enough to also speak French?
Oui, je parle français. There might be one or two others on the Guide list that don't have English subs but do have French subs, I can't recall.
I think it's the only one. It's frustrating, I have it but without subs it not much use.
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Count me in!

Also added 100 GB to the POT on Aujourd'hui over at KG.
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Jan 1 2015, 05:54:39 PM
mjf314
Jan 1 2015, 01:32:30 AM
3eyes
Jan 1 2015, 01:03:17 AM
I'm aiming for the bronze on the FESPACO list.

Knucklehead, if I did some research on the TIFF list could you add the African ones to your African official checks list?
This spreadsheet shows which films on the DIFF list are from which country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdEZKUVJCWWU2RXZyd09kMUVpemxvVWc&gid=2&richtext=true

Some of them are co-productions so you'll have to check which one is the main country.
I've updated the list. Please let me know if you come across any errors, there were a large number of IMDB entries that had no useful info (synopsis/review) as to where the movie is from/takes place. A couple of movies were clearly outside Africa in terms of where they took place (Lebanon, Iraq), so I excluded those.

There is an entry on thes spreadsheet, "Heena", that doesn't seem to actually be on the iCM list (at least I can't find it) and IMDb says it's an Indian TV series. The director's name doesn't yield any results on IMDb either. Any idea where this comes from or what it should be?

Thanks, KH. I've amended the above list of lists accordingly.
Edited by 3eyes, Jan 1 2015, 09:53:55 PM.
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For FESPACO, the new winner will be known in the beginning of march. Hope we'll find a way to watch the movie.

As for the challenge :
1. Gito, l'ingrat (1993) - 6/10

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1a Niaye (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 1964) 6/10
1b Le wazzou polygame (Oumarou Ganda, Niger, 1971) 6/10

Two incredibly compact short films that deals with religion in a similar manner and uses texts successfully.
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I don't know how many I'll watch, but I love country challenges, so count me in. :)
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I don't know how many I'll watch, but I love country challenges, so count me in. :)
Uh, hellOOO? I hate to break it to you, but Africa is not a country.

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I don't know how many I'll watch, but I love country challenges, so count me in. :)
Uh, hellOOO? I hate to break it to you, but Africa is not a country.

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Yesitis. :P
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I don't know how many I'll watch, but I love country challenges, so count me in. :)
Uh, hellOOO? I hate to break it to you, but Africa is not a country.

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Yesitis. :P
If it's in a blog, it must be true. B)
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Jan 3 2015, 01:21:10 AM
I don't know how many I'll watch, but I love country challenges, so count me in. :)
Uh, hellOOO? I hate to break it to you, but Africa is not a country.

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Yesitis. :P
If it's in a blog, it must be true. B)
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At first I intended to say "countries' challenge", but I'm always having difficulties with plurals and apostrophes, so I decided to choose the singula. Quite naive indeed! :sweat:
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At first I intended to say "countries' challenge", but I'm always having difficulties with plurals and apostrophes, so I decided to choose the singula. Quite naive indeed! :sweat:
Production location challenges.
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At first I intended to say "countries' challenge", but I'm always having difficulties with plurals and apostrophes, so I decided to choose the singula. Quite naive indeed! :sweat:
Production location challenges.
Imagined Communities challenges. -_-
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Jan 3 2015, 01:51:30 AM
At first I intended to say "countries' challenge", but I'm always having difficulties with plurals and apostrophes, so I decided to choose the singula. Quite naive indeed! :sweat:
Production location challenges.
Imagined Communities challenges. -_-

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LOL! And KH, I want to send that graphic to folks I know who are involved with the Envision Peace Museum.

Anyway, back to the chthonic challenge:

1. Au nom du Christ/In the name of Christ (Ivory Coast 1993)
2. Lumumba: La mort du prophète (Fr 90)

Quite a juxtaposition of prophets here. Both films were simultaneously engrossing and sickening. (That's a recommendation.)

It's been awhile since I saw Peck's biopic of Lumumba. This earlier documentary is a valuable companion piece. I vividly remember the nightly news on the Madison public radio station at the time - culminating, as far as I was concerned, in the death of Dag Hammarskjold.
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LOL! And KH, I want to send that graphic to folks I know who are involved with the Envision Peace Museum.
Fine by me! I saw these all the time in Berkeley. Along with many other interesting bumper stickers.
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2. Quartier Mozart (1992) - 3/10


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2 Muna moto (J-P Dikongué-Pipa, Cameroon, 1974) 6/10

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1a - Le wazzou polygame, by Oumarou Ganda (1971) 6/10
1b - Cabascabo, by Oumarou Ganda (1969) 8/10

I'm surprised Cabascabo has so few checks... I found it better, and more personal, than le Wazzou polygame. I preferred its Black and White photography too...
It's available on KG, and now's the time to get it.
It could be a challenger for the next 500<400 poll...
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There is an entry on thes spreadsheet, "Heena", that doesn't seem to actually be on the iCM list (at least I can't find it) and IMDb says it's an Indian TV series. The director's name doesn't yield any results on IMDb either. Any idea where this comes from or what it should be?
I think it's supposed to be this film: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hena+maysara/
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Jan 1 2015, 05:54:39 PM
There is an entry on thes spreadsheet, "Heena", that doesn't seem to actually be on the iCM list (at least I can't find it) and IMDb says it's an Indian TV series. The director's name doesn't yield any results on IMDb either. Any idea where this comes from or what it should be?
I think it's supposed to be this film: https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/hena+maysara/
Yeah, looks like that's it. I added it to the list, since there's no further info on IMDb.
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3. Afrique, je te plumerai /Africa, I Will Fleece You (Camaroon 93)

(Neo)colonialism in a nutshell.
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Ooh, just noticed this. Coincidentally, I decided to work on the FESPACO list this month, already watched 2 movies:

1. Le wazzou polygame (1971) (half entry)
2. Les mille et une mains (1973)

Hopefully someone can make English subs for Aujourd'hui. I understand French to an extent, but I wouldn't be able to get through the movie without looking up translations every minute.
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Hopefully someone can make English subs for Aujourd'hui. I understand French to an extent, but I wouldn't be able to get through the movie without looking up translations every minute.
Here ya go!

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Hopefully someone can make English subs for Aujourd'hui. I understand French to an extent, but I wouldn't be able to get through the movie without looking up translations every minute.
Here ya go!

Awesome! :woot:
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I downloaded many films from the DIFF list, so I'm in. Some of them are from Asia, but I have the Fespaco and the guide to African cinema to finish, so it's a good chance to work on them.

I've already watched two films
1. Tunisia - Rih essed aka Man of Ashes - Nouri Bouzid 1986 7/10
2. Egypt - Al-ard aka The land - Youssef Chahine 1969 7/10

Both were interesting and good films, but I just couldn't love them.
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Interesting comment. When I commit to watching films so far out of my ken in concentrated fashion, I guess I'm not looking to love any of them - if I do it's a welcome surprise. But a strongly positive response would probably have a different label.
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