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ArtMattan Productions

Welcome to the ArtMattan Productions' web site. We distribute films that focus on the human experience of black people in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe. All these films were shown during our annual Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. Please browse around. Zozimo Bulbul

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SHAIHU UMAR

SHAIHU UMAR is one of the most important works in Nigerian film history, but was long considered lost. Located in northern Nigeria at the end of the 19th century, the film is based on a novel by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who later became Nigeria’s first prime minister. Only the rediscovery of the camera negative in 2016 made the reconstruction of the film possible. The digitally restored version had its premiere at the Berlinale in February 2018.

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THE LAST TREE

The last Tree

 

A beautifully crafted, sensitive and realistic coming of age story about Femi, a British boy of Nigerian descent who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his Nigerian mum.

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MARIGHELLA

Currently censored in Brazil, Marighella is a new Brazilian action drama set in 1969 based on the life of Afro-Brazilian politician and guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella.

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Black Mozart

MADE IN BANGLADESH

A window into the lives of female, Bangladeshi garment workers fighting to set up a union. "Made in Bangladesh" is a bold and suspenseful thriller that offers a nail-biting narrative. Till it's over, you won't be able to sit comfortably as there are always some obstacles arising trying to stop Shimu from achieving her goal." - Let the Movie Move Us..More information here.

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QUILOMBO

In Brazil, the word quilombo refers to a community of free men, and it carries with it an echo of the original Quilombo dos Palmares, or Palm Nation, which was founded in the early 17th century by runaway slaves in the forests of northeastern Brazil..
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Quilombo


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NAOMI'S JOURNEY

Twenty-year old Naomi lives a simple life with her younger siblings in Peru. Only her big sister seems to live a life of fortune, being married in Germany. But now she is dead, murdered by her German husband.

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Naomi's Journey

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Black Mozart

THE BLACK MOZART IN CUBA

Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) who was born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese enslaved woman and a French nobleman and became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century as outlined in the documentary Black Mozart in Cuba by Stephanie and Steve James. More information here.

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UNCOVERED

Directed by South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) Award-winning director, ZukoNodada, Uncovered is a new South African thriller about a fearless female journalist who takes on a corrupt mine tycoon. More information here.

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THE INVISIBLE COLOR:
BLACK IS MORE THAN A COLOR

Sergio Giral


This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today. It tracks its presence throughout the region, and highlights its contribution to Miami's civic culture through testimonies and visual documentation.. More information here.

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BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER

The Errol Barrow Docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER, is a passionate story about the courage of one man who relentlessly preached a gospel of economic self reliance and self respect to the people of his native country Barbados and beyond. More information here.

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Barrow: Freedom Fighter

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Kinsasha Makambo

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KINSHASA MAKAMBO

Christian, Ben and Jean-Marie are fighting for political change of power and free elections in their country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the incumbent President refuses to relinquish power. How can the course of events be changed? Must they join forces with the historical opposition leader and his powerful party? Is dialogue still possible or must they resign themselves to a popular uprising and the risk of a blood bath? "Kinshasa Makambo" immerses us in the combat these three activists are engaged in, a combat that neither bullets, nor prison, nor exile seem able to stop.
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BLACK MEXICANS / LA NEGRADA

“La Negrada” is the first mexican feature film about the Afro-Mexican community, filmed entirely with people from different towns around the Costa Chica in Oaxaca. More information here.

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TAZZEKA

Tazzeka


Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. More information here.

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NO SHADE

Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade provides a raw perspective on the issue of colourism and what happens when looking for love in the right place, goes wrong. More information here.

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Black Paris

BLACK PARIS

Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of Light is an exciting, enlightening documentary on the presence of African Americans in Paris from WWI to the early 1960s.
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