One of the great benefits of the proliferation of streaming systems in Brazil in recent years was being able to watch films from countries outside the Hollywood production axis from the comfort of your own home. And the giant Netflix is eyeing the globalization of this rapidly expanding market, bringing Brazilian productions to an international level and, in return, bringing here films and series from other countries, such as Africa and Asia. This is how the Nigerian epic ‘Amina’ arrived this week, which is already in the platform’s Top 10.
Amina (Lucy Ameh) is a young princess, heir to the throne of Zazzau. But this is no ordinary princess: in the 16th century, Amina asks her father, the regent of the Seven Kingdoms of Igala (Degri Emmanuel), that she and her sister Zaria (Yomi-Olugbodi Folusho) receive military training. , to learn how to fight with swords like the soldiers of the kingdom. Despite the unusual request, the regent is at the good will of the princess. What no one knew was that this training would be very useful for the two princesses in the future, when the kingdom of Zazzau (now the city of Zaria, Nigeria) went to war with neighboring kingdoms due to a terrible betrayal.
First of all, it is important to point out that the feature film ‘Amina’ is based on a true story, part of the History (with a capital H) of Nigeria, which we Brazilians know little or nothing about. . Therefore, it is very good that fiction is able to portray these facts to the general public, to help us get to know other peoples of the world better and to decentralize us in the seventh art as well.
That said, the quality of ‘Amina’ production, while surprising, also generates strangeness. On the one hand, the epic is grandiloquent, with battle scenes worthy of Record’s romantic productions, with an open plan in the middle of the desert and scenarios built to portray times of yesteryear. On the other hand, the performances sometimes border on theatricality, exaggeration, and that provokes the strangeness of the Western viewer who believes that the American way is the only way to do things; Asian and African countries like India, Japan and in this case Nigeria sometimes choose to exaggerate certain emotions to heighten the drama on stage, so this should not be viewed as a cast failure. Remember, for example, how exaggeratedly Kamen Rider or Ultraman would shake every time he took a hit.
‘Amina’ is a big and well-done production, and in this Black Consciousness Month, it’s a great choice to expand the private cinematic world and watch movies with a black cast and storyline, with a story full of names. and references and which emphasizes the respect and importance of religions and practices at the intangible level in the decision-making and in the destiny of many nations. For those who enjoyed the fiction in ‘Black Panther’, ‘Amina’ is a more naked and raw version of the battles between the African peoples.
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