Malinga aims to highlight the African narrative

The Disney anthology is an opportunity to combat stereotypes and give African consumers more content that features people who are just like them, says Ugandan filmmaker Raymond Malinga.

Malinga, 32, who has a degree in animation and visual effects from a Malaysian university, founded his company, Creatures Animation Studios, in 2015. (Twitter/@raymondmalinga)

Ugandan film producer Raymond Malinga, whose work will appear in an upcoming Disney anthology of animated films from across Africa, hopes the project will bring African animation to the world.

“Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire” is a ten-part collection of short animations by producers from six African countries that will premiere on the Disney Plus streaming platform later this year.

Malinga, 32, is one of 14 filmmakers from South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya to contribute to the anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories set in the future of Africa.

Oscar-winning film director Peter Ramsey is serving as executive producer on the project.

“The narrative in Africa has been, you turn on the news right now, I bet it’s about something bad that just happened,” Malinga said in his Kampala studio.

The positives are lost in the narrative, Malinga says, and this should change.

“For me (the anthology) is an opportunity to contribute to that conversation,” he said.

Malinga, 32, who has a degree in animation and visual effects from a Malaysian university, founded his company, Creatures Animation Studios, in 2015.

READ MORE: African cinema can create 20 million jobs, but there are problems

“A Kalabanda Ate My Homework” was presented at the Cannes Film Festival and won six awards. (Facebook/@creatureskalabanda)

Exhibited at Cannes, winning six awards

His big break came in 2017 when his animated short film “A Kalabanda Ate My Homework” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won six awards, including best animated film, at the International African Film Festival in Nigeria a year. Next.

His team, which has grown in recent years to 10 people, works from a small dark studio sandwiched between cubicles of other startups in a makeshift innovation village built from repurposed shipping containers.

African content is gaining popularity globally thanks to growing commissions for series and short films from streaming services like Netflix and Multichoice’s Showmax.

In Africa, however, foreign content still dominates and Malinga said the Disney anthology was an opportunity to combat stereotypes and bring African consumers more content that features people who are like them.

As Malinga’s studio brand and talent pool grows, he said, they are venturing into gaming and also exploring opportunities in virtual and augmented reality.

His dream, he said, is to bring African cinema and animation to the world stage, to replicate the success of other African industries.

“Afro music has started to go around the world… we have some of our comedians going around and I think, why not animation, why not cinema?” Malinga said.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

Leave a Comment