Most of us cannot get enough of the incredible Black Panther 2018. It is a clear depiction that diversity can be the background upon which unique films are created. Since Black Panther release date, the movie has achieved a lot of popularity and broken several records.
Even though many parts of the movie were produced by Pine Studios in Atlanta, the movie takes a setting that reflects very much about African Nations. Let’s discuss how Africa influenced Marvel’s Black Panther movie.
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Following the Black Panther premiere, some three weeks ago, people got to realize that this movie is based on original African concepts. There is a lot of criticism as to whether the Black Panther movie is used to show the nature of a third world continent or enhance its culture. According to Martin Freeman, who acts as Ross, Africa is a third world country that is full of shepherds and cool outfits. This statement clearly shows that African nations have a lot to offer even though they are considered underdeveloped.
As it is observed from the movie, the characters are dressed in traditional African costumes. The designer of these costumes claimed that she borrowed the idea from the Maasai people of East Africa, South Africa’s Ndebele community, Namibia’s Himba tribe, the Tuaregs, Dogon and Suri communities of several African Nations. The design of the costumes is one of the best ideas incorporated in the film. Many people who have not visited Africa yet can know what to expect when they visit. It is great seeing African concepts being borrowed to enhance an international movie. Currently, beaded jewelry is being worn by people outside Africa.
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Black Panther cast is also a clear indication that several concepts were borrowed from Africa. The Oscar Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress based in Mexico. Danai Gurira is a Zimbambwean actress, John Kani is a South African and Florence Kasumba is a Ugandan. Well, it is not often that Africans get to feature in hyped films such as Black Panther. The huge representation of Africa in this movie only depicts that there is a lot of talent in Africa which can cause growth in the society.
In a recent interview, Lupita revealed that the use of African originality in film making, more so in Black Panther the movie, is very powerful. This gorgeous actress also added that, Black Panther has achieved in giving a positive meaning for Africa. That is, a place that people should long to visit instead of one that is wanting. Angela Bassett, who plays the role of T’challa’s mother, asserted that the movie is Afro-Centric which makes it beautiful.
From the Black Panther trailer, it is clear that Afro-futurism is highly exhibited in this film. From the Wakanda setting, we can tell the greatness that Africa could achieve in the future. Modernity could be mixed with traditions to make something incredible. Additionally, Black Panther by Marvel story line is about how African leaders protect foreigners from exploiting their resources. This is something that happens today.
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