Two African Films To Be Showcased At Dubai Film Festival

Dubai International Film Festival  is set to run from 6th-14 December and this will be the 10th of its kind. Among the films to be screened, two African movies were selected in the Cinema of Asia Africa category.

The first film is none other than the much anticipated, 12 Years A Slave directed by Steve McQueen and an adaptation by Biyi Bandele of the Orange Prize-winning novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie. With cast members Brad Pitt, Thandie Newton, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is set in pre-Civil War United States. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free African-American New Yorker, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty from a slave owner (Michael Fassbender) and receiving unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

The second film is 'Of Good Report', a neo-noir  and psycho drama directed by South African filmmaker, Jahmil XT Qubeka. The story unfolds when the dark side of a rural township where an unassuming teacher arrives at the local school.

The introverted high school teacher Parker Sithole is presented to a rural South African school as a man "of good report". Parker is attracted to a mesmerising young woman he meets at a local bar, only to discover that she is one of his students. The seemingly gentle man soon develops a dark side that no one could have predicted.

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