MUBI's concessions to geographical diversity are generally ghettoized in the shorts category. Same with films directed by women: overrepresented in the shorts but missing from feature films unless they co-direct with a man. For shame. Count the number of films associated with France on any given day. I love a lot of French culture, but I am here to explore the world and history and far corners of film. Shame.
A surprising burst of noise and colour, and a film that aligns African filmmaking with dance music and the numbing effects of Instagram culture. Perhaps more of an extended music video than a short film (Baloji's background being in music and poetry), but it's one that hints at a tremendous emerging film talent. This is something new, and I especially liked the end credits, framed through a series of text messages.
Extraordinary, striking mise en scene. Brilliant choreography and editing. Loved the use of the yellow color as a warning signal. Where once the myth of the "zombie" arose from enslaved people who fantasized about escaping the pain inflicted on their bodies and minds, now people are "voluntary zombies." With their addiction to the Digital Cult of Self, they try to remain unaware of environmental suffering. Fantastic.