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Agents of SMOOCH 29: To the Moon and Back

Join our Agents for a bonus mission to the Back of the Moon. This film is part of the upcoming online Canadian South African Film festival and we got a sneak preview. We follow the gangster Bra Max on the last day in 1958, in Sophiatown, a black community just at the edge of Johannesburg. Our agents look at the local gang battle set within the greater story of Apartheid in South Africa. And within these threads sits the romance of Max and the singer Eve Msomi who get one night to explore their love before everything changes.

Content Warning: We do discuss violence and sexual assault that is depicted in this movie.

Annette Wierstra with Mois├ęs Chiullan and Cicero Holmes


Agents of SMOOCH 18: She Speaks Volumes With Her Gaze

It’s time to visit Nairobi, Kenya on our Virtual Summer Vacation with 2018’s Rafiki. Our agents come away from this visit with a deep appreciation for the Afrobubblegum style of filmmaking and the beauty of the movie. The story of Kena and Ziki is set in the context of a community and country where being queer is banned and yet Rafiki portrays a confident and intimate love story. Our agents were both moved and hopeful for the story of these two young Kenyan women.

Annette Wierstra with Kathy Campbell, Sage Young and Suriya Veerappan