An Oscars ban for a Nigerian film shows the Academy still doesnt get it on race | Afua Hirsch

Excluding Lionheart for using English shows Africans are still expected to satisfy American ideas of authenticity, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch The penny about the USs worldview dropped for me when I recently interviewed a highly educated, accomplished, politically and racially literate American. I mentioned something about the British empire and he looked at me blankly. What is that exactly? he asked. This isnt a criticism of individual Americans; many British people themselves dont know their own imperial history. Its a feature of what is taught in schools and purveyed in the media, which is myopic. But news about the 2020 Oscars this week did bring that particular exchange back to mind. The Academy was considering a Nollywood film industry …

‘Bollywood Oscars’ comes home with first ceremony in India

20th international Indian film academy awards will be held in Mumbai this week The international Indian film academy awards known as the Bollywood Oscars are to be held in India for the first time in their history this week. Mumbai will host the 20th IIFA awards ceremony on Wednesday, where the megastars of a booming Hindi film industry will celebrate another bumper year, including in huge markets such as China. The event has been held in countries around the world since it began in 2000, with previous host cities including London, Toronto and Singapore, and most recently Bangkok. Dancers perform the opening number at last years IIFA awards. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images With nearly 1,800 titles released in 2018, India …