Cedric Ido

Now you can watch French/Burkinabe filmmaker Cedric Ido's 25-minute award-winning short film titled Hasaki Ya Suda - a short that helped get him into the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus, as well as a slot amongst the fourth class of Focus Features' Africa First filmmaker program.

I profiled it about 2 months ago with a trailer; Cedric emailed me earlier today to say that the film could now be screened online, but with 2 caveats: first, it's not subtitled in English, so this one will be appreciated more by French speakers, as it's subtitled in French; and secondly, the film will be available online (via TV5MONDE) for a limited amount of time - a matter of days - so you should watch it as soon as you can, if you can, before it disappears.

Its synopsis again reads:

It’s the year 2100. Global warming has resulted in severe aridness causing famines and conflicts. Fertile lands of the past are all set to become the battlegrounds of the future, and in this innovative, energetic film we see three swordsmen battle for their very survival.

In my conversation with him, Cédric talked about being influenced by Samurai movies of yesteryear, especially those from the master himself, Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yohimbo to name 3); Cédric is also a superhero fanboy, and plans to make films about black people that incorporate unlikely/unexpected elements, and that are within genres that historically and still currently ignore the contributions of people of African descent.

I'm excited to see more of what Cédric does in the future, including feature film work. His Focus Features Africa First project (which he received $10,000, as is customary, to help produce) is titled Twaaga (in English, Invincible); the film will blend live action and animation in what will be a story about a young boy’s quest to become a superhero.

To watch the full 25-minute Hasaki Ya Suda short film, CLICK HERE (I can't embed it). The teaser, which many of you have likelt already seen, follows below: