Film & Television

5 Movies to See This Weekend

A scene from Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

Yay! The weekend is here again and if you need to lay back indoors because of the rains, well there are countless of indoor activities you can enjoy with family, friends or just on your own. But if the cinema is just very close to your home, you can still check out the following movies that are fresh and crisp:

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
The new biopic directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters is based on the story of the legendary Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, trailing her pioneering feats in history. Starring Nollywood’s finest namely Joke Silva, Kehinde Bankole, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Adebayo Salami. Adunni Ade, Keppy Ekpenyong, Omowunmi Dada, Patrick Diabuah, the movie which is currently screening at the cinemas is another feminism-layered movie that you don’t want to miss.

The Black Book

Paul Edima in The Black Book

Haters will say this is a copy and paste John Wick-inspired storyline. The movie has Richard Mofe-Damijo has its protagonist. Paul Edima, a former hitman, returns to his former life when his only son is killed by the same gang he left 24 years ago. Starring veterans such as Bimbo Akintola, Alex Usifo, Patrick Doyle, Ireti Doyle, Sam Dede and Shaffy Bello, this movie is now streaming on Netflix. But wait, why is Ade Laoye also a product of typecasting?

Girl, Taken
This is a gripping true story of two Cape Town parents whose daughter was stolen from the hospital at birth. Miraculously, she was found 17 years later but their reunion is not the fairytale ending that they hoped for. This South African movie is streaming on Showmax.

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Now streaming on Netflix, this documentary movie filmed in Kogutu village in Western Kenya by Lauren DeFillipo (Red Heaven) and Sam Soko (Softie) is indeed a groundbreaking documentary which was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2022 and then again earlier this year-June- at the Sydney Film Festival. The story, told through the eyes of the villagers, explores the complexities and effects of white-savior syndrome.

Nkwanzi’s Slip
If you want to savour something from the Kampala acting scene, then you should try this Ugandan film which is now streaming on Showmax. Starring Okitwi Christiano, Katabalwa Michael and Patience Atikunda, the movie tells the story of a group of friends who set out for a birthday party but one of them finds herself in a crazy situation after drinking a little too much. Directed by the award-winning Samuel Saviour, the movie parades a predominantly rookie cast.

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