Committed to sharing with you all things Urban, Contemporary, and Africana SUPAFRIK offers Andrew Dosunmu’s new and first feature film, “Restless City” as a first instalment in our On The Radar series.
While Dosunmu would most certainly credit his origins, Lagos, Nigeria as the world that shaped his creative eye, his artistic career started as a design assistant at the fashion house of Yves St Laurent. Since then his photography and artistic direction have featured in numerous international magazines and album covers we all love( Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Public Enemy). Aside from his fashion photography, you may have caught Dosunmu’s moving-art in videos like Common’s Sixth Sense, Moracheeba’s The Music that We Hear, Angie Stone’s No More Rain and more notably his documentary Hot Iron released in 2000.
The film “Restless City” is “…the story of Djibril, an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.” It stars Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Mohamed Dione, Osas Ighodaro and Lenore Thomas.
We at SUPAFRIK are hoping that this will make its way to the T.O. and in the meantime do all we can to get it here. While you are in the meantime with us check out Andrew Dosunmu’s work, “Restless City” and if you can find his TED 2007 Talk let us know.
“[Looking at media images of Africa], I thought, ‘This is not the Africa I grew up with. The Africa I grew up with is full of life, full of optimism.”
— Andrew Dosunmu – TED 2007