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REVIEW: The Film, THIS AMERICA opened
at the Tribeca Film Center in New York recently to an enthusiastic
The Complete Review By our Staff and Other
The Film - CRITICAL ASSIGNMENT
premiered in the United States of America at The opening Night of the
11th African Film Festival in New York. How did it do? Read
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THIS AMERICA: An African comes to New York for a short vacation. Before he settles down to enjoy the good times of New York City, things happen rather too quickly in Nigeria, forcing him to stay back in New York caught between starting life afresh and going back to his top-Executive pleasures in Nigeria at the risk of his life, he reluctantly begins considering to settle in New York City. However, the experience of his cousin who has lived in New York for more than 15 years without succeeding in his many attempts to get the US green card, gives him an insight of what he is bound to encounter as an immigrant in New York. Left with no choice, he tries to take his chance in making a living in New York City but his encounters make him wonder about this America for between his gun packing and violent neighbors, mistaken arrests by the Police and his domestically abusive wife who also packs a gun like a gangster, he was in for a true culture shock... - Written by Oliver Oscar Mbamara (Screenplay by Bethels
film tells the story of the typical immigrant in a manner that makes every
immigrant identify with it. It is revealing and makes the host citizen
appreciate the situation and motivation of most immigrants while giving a
hint to all intended immigrants of what may lie in store for some of them
upon arriving in the foreign land.
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AMERICA" builds Controversy: During one of the screening of the new film "THIS AMERICA" at the TRIBECA CINEMAS, this writer stayed behind to witness the question and answer session. It turned to be very interesting as a bunch of American attendees opened up against another bunch of Americans in the audience exchanging points, arguments and sharp view points. The point of contention was whether the film stereotyped Americans. One faction argued that the film did while the other argued that the film was simply honest. "This is a film, not a documentary, so don't expect it to address issues like a documentary," one of the attendees argued in reply to a Lady who felt that the movie stereotyped African Americans. The truth is that the film is so real that many forget that it is simply a film. They get carried away by the ability of the film to replicate life.
The argument raged on till the film makers Oliver O. Mbamara, Bethels Agomuoh, and Felix Nnorom who stood and watched the controversy brew right after the screening, called the audience to order. The filmmakers couldn't have it any better. However, Oliver O. Mbamara, Esq., who wrote the story pointed out that the intention was never to ridicule or stereotype anyone, but an honest attempt to let the average American know what the typical immigrant goes through, while at the same time creating awareness amongst Africans back home to have an idea of what might be in store for some of them who go through a lot just to come overseas...Read
ASSIGNMENT: In "Critical Assignment," Michael Power, the international journalist travels back home to Africa with an intention to write a "water story," but he stumbles onto a conspiracy that if
successful, would rearrange the priority of the people's need, put more hardship on the masses, and enrich the pockets of a few aristocrats.
Finding an answer to the puzzle about the business card of Charles Ojuka
(Patrick Shai) -Government's Secretary and arms Advocate- found in the body of a murdered American with a doubtful
identity, sends Power on a mission. With the help of pal and fellow journalist, Ed Johnson (Terence Reis), Michael Power sets out to dare the powers that be. What follows is the playing out of intrigue, deceit, power, love, and
Shot at several locations in different countries, the film lives up to great expectations and
presents a formidable impression as to the maturity of African films. No doubt a high budget project, the film
thrills the audience with smooth sound/ audio system, crisp video, and good acting, yet it
delivers a powerful humanitarian message - the need for good water over such expenses expended on matters like
the accumulation of arms. "Critical Assignment" neatly combines action, stunts, and special effects against a background of African
scenery that has the ability to keep every member of the audience at the edge of the seat till the end.
A true action hero adventure with a relevant message. It earns a very high score from our review team.
film, "Critical Assignment" is directed by Jason Xenopolous,
produced by Bob Mahoney (Celia Couchman, Executive Producer), and features a good collection of Africa's versatile talented actors such as Michael Power (Michael Power), Richard Mofe Damijo (The President), Thami Ngubeni (Sabina Siko), Terence Reis (Ed Johnson), Moshidi Motshegwa (Anita Chiama), Patrick Shai (Charles Ojuka),
Marius Weyers (Thomas Rhines), Buki Ajayi (Madam Baka) among many others.
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