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Watch Cedric Ido's Black Samurai Adventure Short Film "Hasaki Ya Suda" Now Before It Disappears

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 16, 2012 11:18 PM
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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:

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5 Comments

  • Wayne C. Kelly II | February 8, 2013 7:20 AMReply

    I just checked the link your provided, and the film Hasaki ya suda is not present. Can you direct me to another site that shows it, and where can I purchase this film?

  • Sayai | January 29, 2012 9:26 PMReply

    I saw this African guy that looked like he would be awesome with a katana if he had the right kendo training. He was strong, athletic, but the main thing that caught my eye was his precision and he was locked on his objective. This should be picked up and made into a full length motion picture.

  • Solaam | January 17, 2012 3:44 AMReply

    I have no idea what's being said but this looks amazing.
    Fantastic cinematography and production.

  • Cynthia | January 17, 2012 12:14 AMReply

    Yes! Been waiting for this one.

  • justin n | January 16, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    Great concept ! I will surely watch this after work . By the way I would be glad to translate it from French to English if need be . Cheers .

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