Welcome to OneTribe’s Monthly Movie Preview. The endgame here is to get these African auteurs, actors, writers and so forth on your radar to help continue (or begin) their illustrious careers in Hollywood. February is a notoriously slow month for film, so this month is light on feature films featuring Africans. That being said, Dev Patel’s Lion, XXX, John Wick 2 and many others featuring Africans or PoC, are either currently screening or will be in the coming weeks.
I Am Not Your Negro 2/3
A well received and very timely documentary, I am Not your Negro has been turning heads and spurring conversation since its festival release last year. Touted as a fine companion piece to Ava D.’s 13th (streaming on Netflix), I Am Not Your Negro may be the best way to bring in the 1st Black History Month in Post-Obama America. Watch the trailer here.
Imperial Dreams 2/3
Long before John Boyega took Harrison Ford to eat egusi soup and pounded yam, he starred in Watts set drama, Imperial Dreams from first time director, Malik Vitthal. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2014 and won an Audience Award, so that coupled with John Boyega’s rising star and a Flying Lotus score makes one wonder why it took so long for this film to find distribution (it’s also why I have a screenshot in place of a poster; the film doesn’t have an official one). With that being said at least streaming giant, Netflix is handling the premiere this Friday at 12:00am (PST). So we can all be happy that it’s making it to the largest audience possible. Watch the original trailer here or the Netflix trailer here.
A Untied Kingdom 2/17
Trash poster aside, this film has been well received thus far. United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo as Sereste Khama–The Prince of what is now Botswana pursuing a romance with a white, British office worker played by Rosamund Pine. For those that may have seen last year’s Loving (which is highly recommended to those of you who still haven’t) this is a fine companion piece. If that doesn’t inspire you, then 91% on Rotten Tomatoes may be the catalyst that you need. Watch the trailer here.
Get Out 2/24
Easily the most anticipated film this month, Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele) makes his directorial debut with this unique horror film. Starring Ugandan, Daniel Kaluuya, as a young black man who meets his white girlfriend’s family for the first time before things quickly go south. If you are among the handful of people living under a rock for the last few months, here is a trailer to get you up to speed on what I’m expecting to be one of the best movies of the year.