racist audience of racist Hollywood showing their racism again directed at Asians one even advocated killing Asians. it would be a shame if thier current and future employers see these tweets. i am sure they wouldn’t want to convey the image that their companies employ racist idiots that act out what they see in racist Hollywood. This is what Hollywood is slowly becoming. an industry that can only attract racist violent whites that are not afraid to act out and copy what they see at their local cinemas. East Asians in America should be prepared to exercise their second amendment rights, send themselves and their kids to self defense classes, and travel in groups. These are the same types that post racist tweets when a black man play the fictional god “Thor” see black kids in the movie adaptation of the hunger games, use the pearl harbour attacks to post anti-Japanese sentiment during the Olympic football match between Japan and the U.S.A.
is this the beginning of the end of white racist Hollywood dominance in the movie business?
East Asian movies and Dramas already have an international audience. African movie makers are following their lead.
The casting for Dr. Bello joins together powerhouse stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox and Jimmy Jean-Louis with Nigerian A-listers Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke. It’s not the first time actors from either side of the pond have starred alongside each other, but producer and director Tony Abulu says Dr. Bello symbolizes a new chapter for African movies.
“This is not a film,” Abulu told theGrio. “This is a movement. This is the beginning of a new Africa.”
The Nigerian government recently created a $200 million loan fund to help finance the country’s film projects, which are often quickly produced and sent straight to DVD. That’s not to say the film industry, better known as Nollywood, isn’t already doing well. The world’s third-largest filmmaking industry produces thousands of movies every year, but the hope is that the government’s financial help will result in better quality films and a stronger international audience.
Abulu, a Nigerian-raised filmmaker who now lives in New York City, was the first to receive a loan from the fund. In March, with the $250,000 in hand and other money he fundraised, he set out to produce a film that would appeal to all audiences.
“Whether you’re white, whether you’re black, there’s a message in it specifically for every group and community,” Abulu said. “There’s a spiritual message and there’s a cultural message.”
In the film, cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant, played by Washington, immerses himself in his work to avoid dealing with the traumatic loss of his 10-year-old daughter from cancer and the ensuing blame from his wife (Fox). In the process, he crosses paths with Dr. Bello (Jean-Louis), an uncertified Nigerian doctor who teaches Durant to look at medicine in a new way while they try to save the life of a young cancer patient. In a series of twists, Dr. Bello becomes ill and Durant must risk everything and travel to the mountains of Nigeria to find a special potion, which holds the cure.
The film was shot in both New York and Nigeria, and Abulu said the cast really enjoyed working together.
“We had a ball,” he said. “The American actors, the Nigerian Actors — it was fun. We had a wonderful time.”
Isaiah Washington, best known for his role in Grey’s Anatomy, told the New York Times the film’s opportunity to “cross-pollinate” Hollywood and Nollywood is what influenced him to get involved. He also said he wants to help make Nigerian films mainstream.
“How can I bring value to destigmatize Nigeria and destigmatize Nollywood?” he said.
Though Dr. Bello had a smaller budget than most Hollywood productions, which at times bill up to 9-digit figures, Abulu is hoping the story surpasses that. He wants to prove that Nollywood can hold its own outside of Africa, and he’s hoping Hollywood is paying attention.
“It’s not going to be easy because Hollywood doesn’t make movies to experiment,” he said. “Africa is a major risk.”
He wants to reveal a market for the continent similar to the way, he said, Tyler Perry proved there was an audience for non-violent black films.
“Nobody ever believes black folks in America will watch something that is not violent. They tell you in Hollywood, if you’re going to make a black movie, it’s got to have violence, sex and crime because they don’t believe there’s a market for anything else.”
“But Tyler Perry was able to prove there was,” he continued. “We are going to prove that people will be interested in Africa.”
Dr. Bello will open the 2012 African Diaspora International Film Fesitval tonight in New York’s Symphony Space, and Abulu is planning a major release for the film by next Spring.
With the release, he hopes to encourage more collaborations between the two film industries. But more importantly, Abulu hopes the film will help grow Nollywood into a solution for Nigeria’s economic problems.
It’s a big goal for one film, but he knows this already.
“I don’t make films for arts sake anymore,” he said. “I make films now to open doors.”
The leader of Sharia4Belgium incited his followers with praise for a woman who attacked a police officer, and the riots that ensued after the incident. His lawyers are making the case that he only recited known Islamic verses (intolerant and violence inspiring) verses from the koran, a normal happening around the Islamic world.
why are they living in Switzerland in the first place? why don’t they go back to their Islamic homelands where they don’t have to see girls playing sports in shorts?
Last month a gymnastics teacher at the André-Chavanne school [in Geneva] prevented her pupils from participating in a gymnastics lesson on the athletics field. The reason? The stadium is close to the mosque of Petit-Saconnex and three years ago, female students in their gym kit were insulted by worshippers. The explanations shocked parents.
“I find it unacceptable that my 16-year-old daughter cannot run in gym kit on the pretext that the mosque is close to the school playing field!”, the father of one 16-year-old pupil said angrily.
But let us go back to that Friday at the start of October, the day of prayer. The daughters insisted on running outside, like the boys. To justify her refusal, the teacher recalled that in 2009, a class of girls, who also went out on Friday, had been insulted… The worshippers had even thrown soft drinks cans at them. An incident that sparked a strong reaction from both the Department of Public Education and the mosque. The mosque officials apologised and then promised to do everything so that such incidents did not reoccur. The Department refrained from filing a legal complaint.
…For Hafid Ouardiri, former spokesman of the mosque, the reaction of the teacher was wise: “We live in a plural society where it is important to respect what each person wants to express. In deciding not to have young girls in shorts running in front of the mosque, I think the teacher took a considered decision. “I think it’s better that a possible problem is anticipated which could have been seen as a provocation”. However the mediator also insists on reminding the mosque worshippers that they should not dictate how the westerns should live their lives: “It is important to respect the worldviews of other people. It is also important that the worshippers know that there is a school and a playing field close to the mosque, and that they must respect the student’s living space, whether or not they are wearing gym clothes. They must not be offended by it.” And Hafid Ouardiri concludes: “Wouldn’t the best solution be to plant trees or a thick green hedge to create shade between the mosque and the playing field?”
Brunel University in Uxbridge, west London, has been criticised for allowing a cleric who supports the killing of gay people to attend a student event.
Abu Usamah at-Thahabi is due to make a speech on campus at Brunel’s Islamic Society on Tuesday 27 November.
His extreme views have already been documented in a Channel 4 programme and by the Centre for Social Cohesion.
Thahabi previously urged that gay people should be punished with death.
“Do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain,” Thahabi was recorded as saying in the Dispatches programme.
“If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”
He also mocked Western attitudes towards women and attacked Christians and Jews.
Following the broadcast, Thahabi was interviewed by Channel 4 News, where he refused to reject the comments.
Ofcom upheld two complaints from listeners about Leeds based Radio Asian Fever after presenter Rubina Nasir hit out at homosexuality and mixed faith marriages.
She said that homosexuals should be ‘beaten up’ and that a Muslim marrying a non-Mulslim was on ‘the straight path to hellfire’.
The presenter, known as ‘Sister Ruby’, said: “What should be done if they do it? [practise homosexuality].
“If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.”
“Allah states, ‘If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally.