The African Storm

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Benin | 2017 | 89 minutes | Sylvestre Amoussou

The President of an imaginary African country decides to combat a history of colonialism and free their economy from poverty and corruption by nationalizing the mining of their natural resources, much to the chagrin of Western capitalists, in this forward-thinking political thriller from Benin.

"It tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African." - Global Times

Audiences cheered this year over the release of Marvel Studios' Black Panther for its rare depiction of a black superhero that drew box-office-busting crowds. But nearly a year before that milestone, this Benin film, about triumphing over the outdated policies of Africa's colonial past, has had a similarly galvanic effect on festival audiences. Directed, produced, and starring Sylvestre Amoussou, The African Storm tells the story of the fictional African nation of Tangara, which had been under the influence of Western governments for centuries until the current President (Amoussou) decides to break the cycle of exploitation by nationalizing its businesses, especially those that control the nation's vast diamond-mining operations. Despite aggressive resistance from the Western corporations, the President and his constituents rally together and take even bolder steps toward economic freedom by establishing ties with Russia and China, rejecting the "CFA franc" currency, a relic of the French colonial past in West Africa, and denouncing the disastrous policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. This crowd-pleasing fable, which won the Silver Stallion Award at last year's Pan African Film and Television Festival, breaks the shackles of what Amoussou calls the "miserable Africa" style of political filmmaking by presenting a rousing, uplifting solution to the racist policies that led to corruption and poverty across Africa.

Director Biography
Actor-turned-director Sylvestre Amoussou began his career in filmmaking following a lack of quality roles for African-American men in France. Behind the camera, he thrived with greater creative control telling stories that depicted Africa as a thriving nation on the forefront of global power, opposing the narrative of African inferiority.

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  • Original Language Title: L’Orage Africain: un continent sous influence
  • Director: Sylvestre Amoussou
  • Principal Cast: Sylvestre Amoussou, Sandrine Bulteau, Eriq Ebouaney, Philippe Caroit, Laurent Mendy
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Benin, France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Sylvestre Amoussou, Sandrine Bulteau
  • Screenplay: Sylvestre Amoussou, Sauvil, Sandrine Bulteau
  • Cinematographers: Carine Bancel
  • Editors: Tchoko Tchoko 7th Art
  • Music: Mohamed Oussama
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: FESPACO 2017 (Silver Stallion Award)
  • Filmography: Un pas en avant - Les dessous de la corruption (2011); Africa paradis (2006)
  • Language: Français
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Aucun
  • International Sales: Tchoko Tchoko èème ART