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2011 MTV Movie Awards Adds "Best African Movie" Category To Lineup; 4 Films Nominated

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 3, 2011 2:59 AM
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The 2011 20th annual MTV Movie Awards airs live on the network this Sunday, June 5th, hosted by actor/comedian Jason Sudeikis at the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City, California. And this year, for the very first time in the awards' history, African cinema will be recognized in its own separate category - Best African Movie.

I couldn't immediately find any comments from MTV reps stating their reasons for this move, but I'm certainly not complaining. It'll give each of these films more exposure than they've had since first entering the marketplace.

There are 4 nominees up for the Best African Movie award, and we've covered all 4 of them on Shadow And Act, quite extensively too. They are: Chadian auteur Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (Un Homme Qui Crie), Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva!, set in Congo-Kinshasa, Nigerian Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City, and South African entry Life, Above All, directed by Oliver Schmitz.

Congrats to each of these filmmakers and films, and let's hope that the effects of this move by MTV help shine some light on the variety in what we broadly term African cinema, as demonstrated by the 4 different films above.

I've seen 3 of the 4 films, and reviewed 2 of them - Viva Riva! (HERE), and Restless City (HERE).

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4 Comments

  • MsWOO | June 5, 2011 9:07 AMReply

    I've seen only 3 of the 4 but, this being MTV - and with them being very different films that might not otherwise be in the same category - I expect Viva Riva to win.

    Good luck to them all though! The exposure is certainly deserved.

  • James Madison | June 4, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    It's good that they are getting recognized but I'm not too keen on the films being placed in another category.

    Why not have them compete head to head with the other films?

    If Manie Malone shares a kiss with Patsha or Hoji from Viva Riva, why not have it go up against The Black Swan's Portman and Kunis for the best Kiss category?

    Best cinematographer (if there is such an award, it is MTV) would be great for the creatives behind Restless City.

    I have reservations but I will wait and see before I judge.

  • www.africanscreens.com | June 4, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    its a tough selection there. those four films are great films in their own right. am not sure which will win.

    Not sure were to put my money, i am a fan of all four films

  • Laura | June 3, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    I'm in shock. MTV being progressive?!

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