It’s one thing to profess to having a faith and to have hope for human action as a positive force; it is another to subscribe to a religion that has become highly codified and rigid. The more a religion exercises control against our free will the more we think of it as a cult – as a harmful form of mind-control and manipulation. I suspect that in the long run those faith groups that are more responsive to the lived life of individuals and communities are better able to speak to the people and guide them most effectively in their ethical, critical and creative choices. But the predicaments of doctrine, tradition, the use of Church buildings, and faith as an informant of social action have been thrown into stark relief by recent events in The City of London.
London Rivers (2009)
It was an aesthetic delight to experience the work of Sotigui Kouyaté in his highly engaging last film London Rivers (2009) which won him a ‘Silver Bear’ at the Berlinale Filmfestival. Interviewed in 2001 he explained how he felt about his roles as an African and a storyteller:
Let’s be modest. Africa is […]
Issues of race, nationhood, community and kinship lie at the heart of your films. What were your specific motivations for making ‘LONDON RIVER’?
I would say that all my films are concerned with the subject of meetings between different people, from different countries and different worlds. This theme of meetings is always at the heart of […]
What was it about Rachid’s screenplay that convinced you to do the film?
The theme of the film doesn’t just concern Africa, but the whole of society. That is, it is about the crisis of communication and the problem of identity. This is particularly relevant to Africa. I believe that every African has a duty towards […]
Namita Singh is currently pursuing her PhD on Participatory Video in the UK, at the Open University. She is a researcher and consultant focused on participatory media. This is what she loves talking about.
So, let’s get the conversation flowing..
The time is around 9 in the night and the setting, an otherwise […]
A Nun’s New Habit
(Australia, 56 mins)
Writer/Director/Co Producer Robyn Hughan; Co Producer Veronica Sive; Editor Stefan Markworth
“Sister Carmel is no longer required to wear a habit, but since her return to the convent in the outback city of Whyalla, her new habit, is arguably just as profound.”
A Nun’s […]
I’m delighted to be serving as one of the Film Editors with the Postcolonial Networks website. I would welcome posts on a variety of topics – from film reviewers and critics, to amateur and professional film makers. The posts from members are an opportunity to share your creativity; to stimulate new conversations and […]