The Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition Finalists

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Short Film

Dance With The Devil

Review By Sisi Anu

Dance with the devil is a 10 minutes short film by Mol Angoma  A typical picture of the Ghetto life in South Africa.

Script

The Film is about a young South African man whose life is defined by the hassle of the street since the demise of his parents.  With the strong believe that he would become a great man and the quest to show himself as a man he was willing to do anything to join the gang of the bad boys. He had to do the Unthinkable which despite getting him into the gang in the end would hunt him for eternity. This Unthinkable thing he refuses to accept but instead he decides to Fall without turning back.  Bleeeeh! I could predict the twist at the end of the film, (I am badth like that, but so are you) the story is not so different from all other ghetto- bullying movies we have seen in the past. But I will say it’s a good one with a lesson for those living the street life! You never know who you will hurt as you carry out your escapades.

Acting – I don’t understand what they were all acting, from the main character to the angry gang member (this one was just making noise)  to the lady, they all acted FLAT! It could have been way better but then they did what they could anyways.

Directing/Production

The camera angles were okay and the little details captured also gave the film a special feel.

Verdict!

I AM very nice so I will give it 3/5 nice work!

 

Short Documentary

Jagbe People

Review By Sisi Anu

This is a DOCUMENTARY by Winnie Multimedia, please don’t mind that I emphasized the Documentary part. This is because that is my only excuse for the boredom I felt while watching this. A documentary shouldn’t be interesting right?

Script

This is a documentary about the Jagbe people of Edo state. A predominantly Muslim community with most of its population being farmers. Their major food is Yam, rice and cocoa! The village has two streams, one for drinking water and the other for washing and bathing. (Are you still awake? Please I have not finished). The village has bad roads, and has no market because someone was killed on the Land that the market was supposed to be built. The Ladies in the village walk a long distance after fetching water (yes they showed us this). If you want to marry a Jagbe lady you will ask her father, after which you will be helping her family do menial jobs and follow them to the farm (I wish I was from Jagbe) Dowry is just 5000 naira in Jagbe town. Basically if you are African and you have been to your village then the documentary won’t be so thrilling to you.

Directing/Production

I cannot believe that in this century, cameras still shake during productions and then, why were they blurring everything!? I will advice that Progressive Compression is used rather than Interlaced for the video production. This is lost anyways, this advice is for subsequent movies. Plus the English interpretation of comments by the Jagbe indigenes wasn’t provided most of the time. And the Narrator wasn’t putting in so much life! This documentary could have been better.

Verdict

I appreciate the effort and the time put in by Winnie Multimedia to show us about the lifestyle of the Jagbe people and I also congratulate them for reaching the Finals of the Afrinolly Competition but I am sorry I will give your documentary 2/5! It wasn’t interesting at all and there was nothing extremely revealing about it. But once again NICE WORK!!!!!!!

 

Short Film

Enitan

Reviewed by M.Y

Enitan is the story of a little girl who appears to be dumb and unable to learn. She suffers a stigma from everyone around her, except the last person she expected to understand her, her step-mother. With her Step-Mother’s help, she discovers that she has a disability called dyslexia. They both work together to find a way to use this deformity to her advantage.

With a nice story which discusses an issue which many children thought to be retarded in Nigeria are probably suffering from, there is much to learn from this movie. Everyone has something to offer in this life. The script is lovely, the acting was on point, the cinematography was okay and the sound quality of the video was consistent enough to hit the mark for me. I liked this movie and I will rate it a 4/5.

 

Short Documentary

Wheels On A Bus

Reviewed by M.Y

Wheels on the Bus is a documentary about a busing system from Zimbabwe. That’s it. No story here. Nothing else. Good cinematography, good sound quality, but the matter discussed probably caused my lack of interest. I mean, who will be interested in watching a documentary about “the wheels on a bus”. I will rate the video a 3.5/5. But I am almost too certain it can’t win the prize. Good job though.