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A few weeks ago (at a screening arranged by the International Documentary Foundation) I saw “Rough Aunties,” a film by director Kim Longinotto about a group of women in Durban, South Africa, who work with police to apprehend child rapists and molesters, as well as run a home for abused and molested women.  The women, a mix of white middle class and black working class women, also make up a family of sorts. The film can be intense at moments (at one point I left the theater to take a break). There’s a lot of violence in the film.

In his review of the film, David Poland of Hot Blog describes the film as “emotionally over-powering.” (He also speculates on what the Hollywood remake would look like.)

I really liked the film and hopes it gets a wider airing.

In the clips below, you can see the aunties at work.

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Senegalese-born N’Dour talks about his career and “I Bring What I Love“, the new documentary film about his music, on Canadian TV program, Studio Q.

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Exactly one year from today, the World Cup kicks off in South Africa.  So its a good time to post about football. Good time to talk about football and film.

One of the teams trying to make it for South Africa 2010 is France. They currently lie second in their group in the European qualifiers for the tournament.  Serbia looks set to take top spot in group play with France having to enter a knockout competition for 2010. In 1998 the French were in a worse position, but won the final of the tournament in Paris against a lackluster Brazil in Paris. (You can watch the goals–including two by Zinedine Zidane–in the video above.)

If you’re in New York City, you can relive that 1998 campaign on screen in the documentary “Les Yeux Dans Les Bleus” (The Year of the Blues), which will be shown as part of the inaugural edition of “Kicking and Screening,” a film festival about football in New York City next month.

The other films are “Once in a Lifetime: The extraordinary story of the New York Cosmos,” “FC Barcelona Confidential,” and “In the Hands of the Gods.”

The festival also includes a panel discussion about David Beckham’s impact on soccer in the United States.

More detail here.

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The trailer for “Prodigal Son,” a film by Kurt Orderson, a South African director, who sets out to retrace his great-grandfather’s journey from Barbados (he was a merchant sailor ) to Cape Town at the beginning of the 20th century and in that way pointing to the mashed-up identities of the country’s coloured population.

I saw the film earlier this year and hopes it gets more exposure (it got into the 2009 edition of the New York African Film Festival).

Here is a review of the film.

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Exhibition (till July 25, 2009) at Exit Art in Manhattan on the 20th black arts and political movement. Curated by New Yorkers Papo Colo, Tânia Cypriano, Rose Myriam Réjouis, Franklin Sirmans and Greg Tate. Includes a party on June 18 (7 till 11pm) with Baye Kouyaté and Les Tougarakes, Dallam-Dougou, and DJ Turmix, and a Brazil-focused film series.

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Download a radio documentary (made by a Czech radio station; in English) about the anti-fascist punk music scene in Apartheid South Africa or see a slideshow or read about it (this from the Africa region page of SPINEARTH). [A documentary film about the punk movement in Apartheid South Africa is in production.]

BTW, I just saw the line-up for the upcoming AfroPunk Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and surprised at the lack of content from and about the content.

HT: Bill Botes

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