Sav­ing Africa

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Koen

And now for the eye roll-in­duc­ing part of the news.

“African ex­pert” and ac­tress An­gelina Jolie is di­rect­ing a movie called Africa – all about ele­phant poach­ing and stuff. The rea­son she’s mak­ing the film is be­cause she’s, like, su­per­bonded to this con­ti­nent, you guys.

“I’ve felt a deep con­nec­tion to Africa and its cul­ture for much of my life,” she said in an in­ter­view with Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine.

“I was taken with Eric Roth’s beau­ti­ful script about a man drawn into the vi­o­lent con­flict with ele­phant poach­ers and who emerged with a deeper un­der­stand­ing of man’s foot­print and a pro­found sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the world around him.”

The film is about Kenyan pa­le­oan­thro­pol­o­gist and con­ser­va­tion­ist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poach­ing. I mean, what Leakey did was ad­mirable, but an Amer­i­can screen­play made by an Amer­i­can ac­tress? How true to the African ex­pe­ri­ence could this pos­si­bly be?

I pre­dict lots of black side­kicks run­ning around and a great deal of em­pha­sis on white hero Leakey’s gal­lantry in this deep­est, dark­est, most ex­otic con­ti­nent of ours.

But let’s wait and see.

– Grethe

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