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BAMAKO (2006)

CertificationPG Our Rating

In the shared courtyard of a house in Mali's capital, two interlocking trials take place, one describes the disintegration of a couple's marriage, the other the inept and deceitful policies of the World Bank and the IMF; but as pleas for common sense and decency swirl through the building, the simple necessity of life continues to dominate the communal courtyard. Both a beautifully observed drama and a keenly knowing satire, Bamako is an eminently watchable piece of modern African cinema. find out more...
BASQUIAT (1996)

Certification15 Our Rating

Low-key biopic of graffiti vandal turned New York darling Jean-Michel Basquiat. Catapulted to art-world super-stardom after a chance meeting with Andy Warhol, the obscene amounts of money his paintings suddenly command soon sends him down the slippery slope of big-time drug abuse. Enthralling. find out more...

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The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice recreated in Rio de Janeiro with an all black cast. Orpheus (a tram conductor!) is pursued by Death as he and his beloved Eurydice weave through the carnival madness of Rio in full swing. Amazing energy and colour with superb direction. find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal is to take find out more...


Certification15 Our Rating

Gritty ghetto drama set on the colourful streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Single mum Marcia's life is an uphill struggle, selling her wares on the find out more...

Certification18 Our Rating

Italians, Koreans and African Americans are struggling to keep a lid on the tensions within their Brooklyn community, but Sal's pizza parlour provides the perfect social hub for the neighbourhood. However, as a sweltering hot day drags slowly on, racial tensions evolve from petty bickering to full scale violence and ... WHY WON'T THAT GUY TURN OFF HIS FREAKIN' RADIO!!!! Excuse me. A controversial but mature film from Spike Lee. Incendiary, compelling and highly recommended.

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Certification12 Our Rating

A slow, lyrical series of vignettes, often banal, but always poetic, about life one hot summer in a decaying Deep South (North Carolina) small town for a tight-knit, predominately black, group of impoverished semi-rural children on the cusp of adolescence and responsibility. The plot, for what it matters; a child's game goes astray and one is accidentally killed, trapping the children in a lie that slowly pulls them apart. George is the handicapped (his skull hasn't fused) introspective, but inw find out more...

Certification18 Our Rating

Another controversial film from Spike Lee dealing with inter-racial tensions; a black architect starts an affair with his Italian secretary, but they soon find themselves ostracized by both friends and family. An excellent movie - Lee claimed it didn't win at Cannes because of the jury's racism. It's certainly true that even in 1992 (and dare I say even today?) it made audiences uncomfortable. A similar parallel existed for Mike Figgis' underrated 'One Night Stand', whose commercial viability wa find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating

Through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse, we observe the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s. Frustrated by money problems, Stan finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife in the living room, holding his daughter. Killer of Sheep offers no solution to Stan's world, merely a presentation of his life and those around him; find out more...

Certification15 Our Rating