Along with Amirpour’s film, trailers for African Science Fiction films on YouTube and Vimeo are another clear indication that directors in the Southern hemisphere are reinterpreting imagery from Hollywood and European cinema, to re-imagine the entire planet.
Miguel Llansó’s Ethiopian-Spanish co-production mixes visual motifs reminiscent of Kubrick’s ‘2001’ and Tarkovsky films, but set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy which has specific meaning for a continent bordering genocidal wars in the Middle East, and constantly on the edge of environmental and social collapse.
Daniel Tadesse also stars in Fanta Ananas’ 11-minute ‘Chigger Ale’ about an unlikely Hitler clone’s arrival in an Addis Ababa beer hall. The theme of environmental devastation underscores Kenyan-born director Wanuri Kahiu’s ‘Pumzi‘. In Ugandan Ali Mikenga’s ‘The Invasion’ series, CGI aliens and robot colonisers meet a super-powered human resistance, for once not in New York or London, but originating in Kampala.