Author Archive | Tau Tavengwa

The Other Woman, by Senegalese director Marie Ka

Cliches in the city

On films that confirm and challenge stereotypes about African cities

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Cracks in the Matrix

If recent protests across Brazil tell us anything, it’s that cracks in the current business-first “system” of global urbanism are beginning to show and can only grow. Up to 1 million people in about 100 Brazilian cities have in the last few days taken to the streets protesting social issues that have ranged from corruption; […]

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Satyajit Ray’s Influence

In issue 3, Jai Arjun Singh writes an illuminating profile Satyajit Ray in the feature piece titled The Filmmaker. His influence on cinema worldwide is without question. We found this video featuring Richard Attenborough, Martin Scorcese and Shyam Benegal as they discuss the impact Ray’s work had on their careers.

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Postscript – The Demise of Mary Broh, Intrepid Mayor of Monrovia

Photographer Clemence Petit Perrot recently sent us an image that she captured a day after Charles Taylor’s sentencing at the Hague during a trip to Monrovia. When we initially saw some of her photographic work from the trip which co-incided with the emmidiate aftermath of the ruling in Monrovia; we were struck by — and […]

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Tegucigalpa | A Bananas Idea

Honduran dream of charter city fizzles It was never a simple plan. In October 2011, the National Congress of Honduras passed a controversial piece of legislation granting concessions to a private consortium to develop “special administrative zones”, independent territories that would enjoy limited sovereignty—notably their own tax system and systems of justice. In effect, they […]

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Wonky Beats, Midtempos, Bleeps & Blurps, Crazy, Zany Phraseologies & Intergalactic Organics

Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga are the Heliotronics, curators of the “Pan African Space Station” an online/offline genre-busting 30-day musical intervention.

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Harare | Typhoid outbreak

“We suspect biological warfare by imperialists” Harare is in the grip of an outbreak of typhoid fever. Since the first reported case on October 10, 2011, the water-borne diarrheal disease has spread to 41 districts around the city, with more than 3,000 new cases reported weekly. For many Harare residents it has brought back memories […]

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Lagos | Enforcing rent control

New law to protect Lagosian renters Landlords and tenants have long been locked in a tense relationship in Lagos. The confrontational co-existence has been prompted, in large part, by the exploitative practices of most landlords. Rents in the city are some of the highest on the continent, and it is standard practice for tenants to […]

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