The African Side
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The African Side showcases Africa from an African's perspective, focusing on the positive side of Africa rarely seen.
Primarily covering three major African countries - Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal - it features the culture, development, business and investment opportunities, city views and life styles, as well as major tourism destinations of modern day Africa.
Delving into the roots of African ways of life, the film presents the cultural richness of the earliest of civilizations and explains ancient customs such as oral history and traditional dresses, what they signify, and the beauty of what they represent, while celebrating the music, dance and welcoming nature of the majority of Africans.
Tracing the most recent history of Africa - the last thee hundred years ¬- the film attempts to explain the reasons for the negative perception of Africa by the news media, other filmmakers and the west in general. It addresses issues stemming from the slave trade as well as more recent western ideologies such as colonization, apartheid and assimilation and their impact on Africans.
The African Side challenges the notion of Africa as the poorest continent in the world, the only one remaining where widespread suffering and grinding poverty is the norm. Instead, the film talks about Africa as a continent of nations, including over 500 million English speakers and at least 1 billion consumers; a place where only a few forward thinkers have realized that that this is the region where next big economic boom has already begun. It focuses on the diversity, thriving work force and extraordinary investment opportunities available to those with a vision for a new and vibrant partnership with Africa.
The film contains insightful interviews from prominent Africans that currently or previously held leadership positions representing their various nations. It also provides the views of first generation Africans living in the USA, including their struggles against the negative images of Africans and their ideas for moving Africa into the future.
The African Side is a different perspective on Africa, one that challenges some of the negative perceptions and myths about Africa and Africans in general.
The film is produced and directed by George Egbuonu (MBA), an accomplished first generation immigrant now residing in the USA, who clearly understands Africa as well as the western world. Bringing to the table a fresh way of looking at Africa, Egbuonu's experiences position him to truly discredit of some of the false interpretations and instead focus on the truth and reality of Africa.
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However, the movie does not end there, it moves on to present an Africa that few people have ever seen or heard about. There is an abundance of breath-taking images, aerial shots of beautiful cities and amazing scenery. The director explores interesting tourist attractions and interviews some very intelligent and interesting people along the way.
I have to say something about the soundtrack, its really unique. I couldn't help just moving naturally to some of the music that came on. All in all, this was a wonderful project and I applaud the hard work and dedication that must have gone into producing something so great.
The perspective that was presented showed some of the beauty of the Motherland. The communication with the South African consulate in the United States spoke of the people of South Africa, the remaining people spoke of their personal vision.
This movie does not do justice to the people of Africa!
The predominant focus is on Nigeria and South Africa rather than the continent as a whole. Those interviewed also include ex-pats or Black Americans who love the continent.
The film does continue the myth of the "door of no return" which has been altered significantly by more modern scholarship. Goree Island has a much more tangled history than the film depicts. It also seeks to minimize Black Africans complicity in the trans-Atlantic slave trade by insisting that Black Africans had no idea that selling fellow Black Africans to the Whites fm Europe meant they would be lost to Africa forever. It also minimized Black complicity by emphasizing White hunters going into the interior to seek out slaves even as scholarship indicates otherwise.
In Nigerian segments, the focus is upon the Igbo rather than the Hausa or other groups sharing the country. Nothing is mentioned about the inter-ethnic strife or Islamic terrorism. It's a rosy presentation of Nigeria rather than a balanced one. However, one can certainly understand wishing to put one's love of country forward.
It is not a solid history film, but it does represent an excellent travelogue for Nigeria and South Africa. It presents both countries in a very positive light.
I would have edited out the giggly PhD fm America or at least redone that section of the interview. Her giggles really detracts fm the interview.
If you are considering a trip abroad to Nigeria, this is a worthy travelogue to view. I would recommend "renting" rather than purchasing though. It's not something that you will likely want to watch over and over again. Neither is it something that a classroom teacher might find exceptionally useful.