Melbourne International African Film Festival

Upon reading the review on a film I most likely won’t be watching, Paradise: Love that’s already screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, I am confronted again with the importance of African Cinema not just for Africa and Africans but for the rest of the world. While I squirmed as I read the plot, I realise I am taking this story too personal. I am imagining the social implications of the film on the consciousness of western minds that have unfortunately little understanding or knowledge of life in Africa or the African psyche.

Many of them will use this film as a schematic representation the African male which is far removed from the reality. I am thinking again of my father, uncles, cousins, brothers and male friends who are super conservative  and who are in the habit if treating women with the uttermost respect and affection.

This subconscious association…

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