Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 02/14/2024
Running Time: 104
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Michael Gandolfini, Anthony Welsh and Tosin Cole.
Crew: Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Cedella Marley, Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley and Robert Teitel. Executive Producers: Brad Pitt, Orly Marley, Richard Hewitt, and Matt Solodky. Screenwriters: Terence Winter, Frank E. Flowers and Zach Baylin. Music: Kris Bowers. Cinematography: Robert Elswit.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Kingsley Ben-Adir who was sensational as Malcolm X in the 2020 drama, "One Night in Miami," delivers another powerhouse performance as reggae legend and visionary Bob Marley in the biopic, "Bob Marley: One Love."

However, what is rather surprising about "One Love," which was co-written by Terence Winter, Frank E. Flowers, and Zach Baylin and produced by Marley's family--his son Ziggy, his widow Rita and daughter Cedella--is how the film barely scratches the surface of Marley's tumultuous and influential music career.

With "One Love," director/co-writer Reinaldo Marcus Green ("King Richard") focuses on the years 1976 through 1978. Perhaps a deeper dive into Marley's complicated and storied life would have resulted in a movie longer than the run time of both "Killers of The Flower Moon" and "Oppenheimer."

Still, despite the movie's rushed feel, we get a glimpse into Marley's upbringing which is often shown in flashbacks of him as a child (Nolan Collignon) and teen (Quan-Dajai Henriques).

"One Love" centers on Bob Marley's life between 1976 and 1978. Everyone is on edge about his upcoming Smile show. That's because Jamaica is embroiled in violent conflict with political factions jockeying for power and turf.

What's worse, is the chaos has landed smack dab at Marley's door. Prior to the concert, gunmen break into his compound, shoots his wife Rita (another fabulous performance by Lashana Lynch, "The Woman King" and "The Marvels") in her car, and almost kills her. Marley is shot as well, but luckily, it's only a flesh wound.

The incident is tough for Marley to shake. He insists that Rita take the kids and live with his mother Cedella Malcolm (Nadine Marshall, TV's "Champion") until things settle down. Marley decides to leave Jamica for London. It's here he immerses himself in music. He reunites with his band, The Wailers and begins recording songs which eventually comprised the groundbreaking and masterpiece album Exodus. The album featured some of Marley's biggest hits like "Jamming," "Waiting in Vain," "Three Little Birds," One Love/People Get Ready" and the title track.

There is an interesting scene with Marley discussing the "Exodus" album cover with music publicist Howard Bloom (an almost unrecognizable Michael Gandolfini, "Beau if Afraid"). Bloom believes the album should have the group's picture on it and believes it won't garner much attention without it. Marley likes the simplicity of just the word in red. Of course, Marley knew what he was doing. In 1999, Time Magazine hailed "Exodus" as the best album of the 20th Century.

"Bob Marley: One Love" doesn't really showcase the political and militant side of Marley but offers a softer and more sanitized version of the singer. The movie does, however, reveal the strain of Marley's stardom and other circumstances like how his string of extramarital affairs—and the kids that came from them-- shook his marriage. Yet, Rita remained his strength and force even when Marley was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer that claimed his life in 1981. Marley was only 36 years old.

Against the backdrop of all the scattered parts in "One Love" is the music which is scored by Kris Bowers (“The Color Purple” and “Green Book”). While the film may rock a bit unsteadily at times, the music never falters. "No Woman No Cry," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Get Up, Stand Up," "Redemption Song," "Simmer Down" are absolute soul stirrers and sound better than ever.

"Bob Marley: One Love" isn't a perfect film, but it is a very good one which Kingsley Ben-Adir masterfully brings to life. The movie celebrates and honors the legacy of Marley whose brilliant music continues to inspire and influence artists throughout the world.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty...

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/06/2024
Weak Layers

Rated: R
Opens: 02/16/2024

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/14/2024
Madame Web

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/09/2024
The Teacher's Lounge

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 02/09/2024
The Monk And The Gun

Rated: R
Opens: 02/09/2024


<b> That Man Bolt</b> Title: That Man Bolt
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 103
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Henry Levin and David Lowell Rich
Director of Photography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Screenwriter: Charles Johnson and Ranald MacDougall
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Updated Feature--2023

After Fred "The Hammer" Williamson carved out a stellar career as a defensive back in the National Football League with teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs (Williamson played in Super Bowl I), The Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers, Williamson tackled Hollywood and became an...

Year Released: 2023
Running Time: 102
Production Company: Indie Rights Movies
Director: Frank Meyer
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"Life is like Freestyle. Sometimes you have to improvise and other times you have to be ready to battle." (Chuck D, Public Enemy).


Chuck D, the former frontman of the influential and iconic 1980s hip hop group Public Enemy has always had a way with words. He's the narrator of the new documentary "Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History," from director Frank Meyer ("Risen: The Story of Chron "Hell Razah" Smith," and the digital producer of TV's "American Ninja Warrior").

"Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History" is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube.

In the documentary, Chuck D discusses the genre's halcyon days through the lens of freestyle rap. "Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History" is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube.

The documentary features masters of the game such as Ice-T, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, The Game, Del the Funky Homosapien, Sean Kingston, M.O.P., The LOX, Freestyle Fellowship, R.A. The Rugged Man, Cold Crush Bros, Pete Rock, Masta Ace, MC Supernatural, Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Tech N9ne, Jurassic 5, Crooked I, Insane Clown Posse, and many more.

Plus, the film features among the last interviews ever given by fallen rappers Guru (Gang Starr), Prodigy (Mobb Deep), Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Sean Price (Health Skeltah).

"Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History," arrives during a blockbuster year for hip-hop as the genre celebrates its 50-year anniversary. It's a fascinating glimpse into the artform that blossomed from a New York block party in the Bronx with DJ Kool Herc and two turntables and has since become a dominate and influential cultural force throughout the world.

The film also follows New York battle rapper Iron Solomon and L.A. indie art rapper Open Mike Eagle as they discover firsthand what freestyle skills mean in today's music industry.

Not only is the film a lesson in hip hop history, but it also serves as an inspirational guidebook for those striving to get into the business and survive it.

Open Mike Eagle discusses how the artists back in the day had to do it all. They had to be graffiti artists, break dancers and a DJ.

Ice-T notes that freestylers had the ability to think fast on their feet. He also talks about how in his eye, Supernatural (Reco Dewayne Price) is the best freestyler around. Ice-T recalled seeing Supernatural pick people out of an audience and make up these intricate rhymes.
In 2006, Supernatural set a new world record for the longest continuous freestyle rap at the Rock The Bells Festival in San Bernardino, California. The guy rapped for 9 hours and 15 minutes. In the documentary Supernatural said it's just a fun game for him to see what he can do off the top of his head.

"Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History" is filled with several funny and impressive stories, freestyle battles and performances. It’s a proud and welcome celebration of black culture. A true hip-hop and rapper's delight.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor's Note: "Freestyle 101: Hip-Hop History" is available now on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube.

Watch This Trailer For "FREESTYLE 101: HIP-HOP HISTORY"

<B> RIDE ON</B> Title: RIDE ON
Year Released: 2023
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Well Go USA Entertainment
Director: Larry Yang
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Look who is back. It's Jackie Chan. It's been a minute since we've seen the affable actor on screen.

I’m still waiting for the "official" word on "Rush Hour 4." Both Chan and Chris Tucker have said in recent interviews they are on board and want to make it happen. Hopefully soon.

Until then, you can check out Chan in "Ride On," a comical, sappy and heartwarming movie from director/writer Larry Yang ("Another Shot" and "Mountain Cry").

"Ride On" is really a sentimental ode to stuntmen and animal performers.

In "Ride On," Chan plays Lao Luo, a washed-up stuntman who used to be all the rage in the movie industry. No one could even think about doing some of the amazing stunts that Lao would perform on his trusted horse, Red Hare. They were quite a pair back in the day.

Now, he makes a meager living posing for tourists at the movie studio with Red Hare.

Lao still has that adventurous streak in him and Red Hare isn't ready to ride off into the sunset either. Here's the thing. The movie industry has changed, and Lao's financial situation is dire. He's deep in debt and the collectors want to seize Red Hare. Lao can't let that happen.

He's so embarrassed, but reaches out to his estranged daughter Luo Xiaobao (Haocun Liu, "One Second") to help him. She's still working her way through college and is tapped out for money, but her law school graduate boyfriend Lu Naihua (Kevin Guo, TV's "My Heroic Husband") is loaded and comes from a wealthy family. She suggests Lu can tell Lao what his options are.

Lao isn't too worried about his safety because he can easily handle all the goons that are foolish to try and fight him.

Chan may have lost a step, but he's still got some moves and is quite funny during the fights scenes and makes the baddies pay for trying to steal Red Hare. When Lao's brawl goes viral, everyone wants to know who this guy is.

That leads to him getting back in the game and doing some movies with Red Hare. It also allows his daughter to come around and appreciate what a legend her father was and really still is.

The daddy/daughter moments in "Ride On" are earned and touching. Chan is just so likeable in everything he does and "Ride On" further showcases his talents as a martial arts legend, comedian and all-around actor.

Not to be overlooked is the horse, Red Hare. He's always ready for his close-up and is a real scene-stealer. "Ride On" is a genuinely charming and feel-good, family movie.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor's Note: "Ride On" debuts on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 24. The bonus content includes two featurettes and an English dub.

Check Out This Trailer For "RIDE ON"

Year Released: 2023
Running Time: 82
Production Company: Well Go USA Entertainment
Director: Soo-sung Lee
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs


Full disclosure. I love zombie movies. So, naturally when asked to screen "Gangnam Zombie," I couldn't resist. The title alone piqued my interest.

Directed by Soo-sung Lee ("Memories" and "House With A View"), "Gangnam Zombie," is a low budget, fun and funny horror/comedy with just enough jump scares. It's currently available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.

"Gangnam Zombie" stars Il-Joo Ji ("Blades of Blood"), Park Ji-yeon ("Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp"), from the chart-topping girl group T-ara, and Cho Kyung-hoon ("North Korean Guys").

The movie centers around the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Despite it being Christmas Eve, many of the residents of Seoul Korea's Gangnam district are still nervous and on edge since other COVID variants are on the rise. That's certainly reason to be alarmed, but what is really taking shape in the area is even more frightening.

What starts off as a typical workday, turns into much more when several people start exhibiting odd symptoms and quickly get sick.

No one quite knows why, but it appears this sickness can be traced to a theif who was bitten by an infected cat. Suddenly this guy is aimlessly walking the streets and has developed an insatiable desire for raw meat and human flesh.

A group of young people have gathered to watch him stumble along. They aren't willing to try and help him and it's easy to see why. He's a bloody, scary-looking mess. Besides, they'd rather record all his shocking behavior on their cell phones and post it on social media.

Meanwhile, Hyeon-Seok (Il-Joo Ji) is a taekwondo champion struggling to make ends meet and pay the rent from his lame vlog job. That's because his silly boss has run out of ideas for their YouTube channel. So, they all have to lie when the mall's landlord (Jung Yi-joo) comes to collect.

That's the least of their problems because zombies have descended on the mall. Now it's up to Hyeon-Seok to put his martial arts skills to use and protect his love interest Min-jeong (Park Ji-yeon) and others while trying to escape from these vicious zombies.

The special effects in "Gangnam Zombie" are rather limited, but still pretty effective particularly the closeup, bloody shots of all the zombies.

This is one of those movies, that doesn't reinvent the genre in any way, but you'll have a good time watching it with a group of your closest horror film friends.

Editor's Note: Take a look at the trailer for "Gangnam Zombie" which is currently available on Digital, Blu Ray, and DVD.
Which one of the following TV shows was re-made into a big screen movie and starred Fred "The Hammer" Williamson?
"Starsky & Hutch"
"Charlie's Angels"
"Hawaii Five-O"
OSCAR NOMS ARE By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


On Jan. 23, actors Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid announced the nominees for the 96th Oscars from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Here they are. Congratulations to all.


American Fiction (Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, Producers)

Anatomy of a Fall (Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, Producers)

Barbie (David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, Producers)

The Holdovers (Mark Johnson, Producer)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, Producers)

Maestro (Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)

Oppenheimer (Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, Producers)

Past Lives (David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, Producers)

Poor Things (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone, Producers)

The Zone of Interest (James Wilson, Producer)


Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall)

Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon)

Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer)

Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things)

Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest)


Bradley Cooper (Maestro)

Colman Domingo (Rustin)

Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers)

Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer)

Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction)


Annette Bening (Nyad)

Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)

Sandra Huller (Anatomy of a Fall)

Carey Mulligan (Maestro)

Emma Stone (Poor Things)


Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction)

Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon)

Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer)

Ryan Gosling (Barbie)

Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things)


Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer)

Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple)

America Ferrera (Barbie)

Jodie Foster (Nyad)

Da'Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers)


American Fiction (Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson)

Barbie (Written by Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach)

Oppenheimer (Written for the screen by Christopher Nolan)

Poor Things (Screenplay by Tony McNamara)

The Zone of Interest (Written by Jonathan Glazer)


Anatomy of a Fall (Screenplay by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari)

The Holdovers (Written by David Hemingson)

Maestro (Written by Bradley Cooper & Josh Singer)

May December (Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik)

Past Lives (Written by Celine Song)


The Boy and the Heron (Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki)

Elemental (Peter Sohn and Denise Ream)

Nimona (Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary)

Robot Dreams (Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal)


Bobi Wine: The People’s President (Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek)

The Eternal Memory (Nominees to be determined)

Four Daughters (Kaouther Ben Hania and Nadim Cheikhrouha)

To Kill a Tiger (Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and David Oppenheim)

20 Days in Mariupol (Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath)


Io Capitano (Italy)

Perfect Days (Japan)

Society of the Snow (Spain)

The Teacher’s Lounge (Germany)

The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom)


Letter to a Pig (Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter)

Ninety-Five Senses (Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess)

Our Uniform (Yegane Moghaddam)

Pachyderme (Stephanie Clement and Marc Rius)

War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko (Dave Mullins and Brad Booker)


The After (Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham)

Invincible (Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron)

Knight of Fortune (Lasse Lyskjaer Noer and Christian Norlyk)

Red, White and Blue (Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Wes Anderson and Steven Rales)


The ABCs of Book Banning (Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic)

The Barber of Little Rock (John Hoffman and Christine Turner)

Island in Between (S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien)

The Last Repair Shop (Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers)

Nai Nai & Wai Po (Sean Wang and Sam Davis)


El Conde (Edward Lachman)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Rodrigo Prieto)

Maestro (Matthew Libatique)

Oppenheimer (Hoyte van Hoytema)

Poor Things (Robbie Ryan)


Barbie (Jacqueline Durran)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Jacqueline West)

Napoleon (Janty Yates and Dave Crossman)

Oppenheimer (Ellen Mirojnick)

Poor Things (Holly Waddington)


Golda (Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue)

Maestro (Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell)

Oppenheimer (Luisa Abel)

Poor Things (Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston)

Society of the Snow (Ana Lopez-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé)


"The Fire Inside" from Flamin' Hot (Music and Lyric by Diane Warren)

"I’m Just Ken" from Barbie (Music and Lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt)

"It Never Went Away" from American Symphony (Music and Lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson)

"Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People)" from Killers of the Flower Moon (Music and Lyric by Scott George)

"What Was I Made For?" from Barbie (Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)


American Fiction (Laura Karpman)

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (John Williams)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Robbie Robertson)

Oppenheimer (Ludwig Göransson)

Poor Things (Jerskin Fendrix)


Barbie (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Adam Willis)

Napoleon (Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Elli Griff)

Oppenheimer (Production Design: Ruth De Jong; Set Decoration: Claire Kaufman)

Poor Things (Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek)


Anatomy of a Fall (Laurent Senechal)

The Holdovers (Kevin Tent)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Thelma Schoonmaker)

Oppenheimer (Jennifer Lame)

Poor Things (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)


The Creator (Ian Voigt, Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic)

Maestro (Steven A. Morrow, Richard King, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic)

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One (Chris Munro, James H. Mather, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor)

Oppenheimer (Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O’Connell)

The Zone of Interest (Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn)


The Creator (Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould)

Godzilla: Minus One (Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek)

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning, Part One (Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould)

Napoleon (Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould)

The 96th Oscars Air live March 10 on ABC at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Check your local listings.

SCRIPTERs By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


The USC Libraries named the finalists for the 36th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the writers of the year’s most accomplished film and episodic series adaptations, as well as the writers of the works on which they are based.

The finalist writers for FILM ADAPTATION are in alphabetical order by film title:

Cord Jefferson for "American Fiction" based on the novel "Erasure" by Percival Everett.

Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese for "Killers of the Flower Moon based on the nonfiction book "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann.

Christopher Nolan for "Oppenheimer" based on the nonfiction book "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

Ava DuVernay for "Origin" based on the nonfiction book "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson.

Screenwriter Tony McNamara and novelist Alasdair Gray for "Poor Things.


Peter Morgan, for the episode "Sleep, Dearie Sleep," from "The Crown," based on his stage play "The Audience."

Scott Neustadter for the episode "Fire," from "Daisy Jones and the Six," based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for the episode "Long, Long Time" from "The Last of Us," based on the video game by Neil Druckmann and Naughty Dog.

Will Smith for the episode "Negotiating with Tigers," from "Slow Horses," based on the novel "Real Tigers" by Mick Herron.

Max Borenstein, Rodney Barnes and Jim Hecht for the episode "The New World," from "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" based on the nonfiction work "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s" by Jeff Pearlman.

The 2024 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 56 episodic series adaptations. Howard Rodman, USC professor and Vice President/Secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, chairs the 2024 committee.


"American Fiction"— Amazon MGM Studios and Graywolf Press

"Killers of the Flower Moon"— Apple Original Films and Vintage Books

"Oppenheimer"—Universal Pictures and Vintage Books

"Origin"—Neon and Random House

"Poor Things"—Searchlight Pictures and Bloomsbury


"The Crown"—Netflix and Dramatists Play Service Inc.

"Daisy Jones and the Six—Amazon Prime Video and Random House

"The Last of Us"—HBO | Max and Sony Computer Entertainment

"Slow Horses"—Apple TV+ and Soho Crime

"Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty"— HBO | Max and Avery

The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters at a black-tie ceremony on Mar. 2, 2024, in the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.

Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of original works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. For tickets and more information about Scripter—visit

Editor's Note: Photo: Aunjanue L. Ellis-Taylor from the superb movie "Origin." Courtesy of Neon studio.

kuwalgi By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:


Walt Disney Animation Studios' collaboration with Pan-African entertainment company Kugali has culminated in the all-new six-part series "Iwaju,"which will stream exclusively on Disney+ beginning Feb. 28.

Iwaju" is an original animated series set in a futuristic Lagos, Nigeria. The exciting coming-of-age story follows Tola, a young girl from the wealthy island, and her best friend, Kole, a self-taught tech expert, as they discover the secrets and dangers hidden in their different worlds. Kugali filmmakers—including director Olufikayo Ziki Adeola, production designer Hamid Ibrahim and cultural consultant Toluwalakin Olowofoyeku—take viewers on a unique journey into the world of "Iwaju," bursting with unique visual elements and technological advancements inspired by the spirit of Lagos.

The series is produced by Disney Animation's Christina Chen with a screenplay by Adeola and Halima Hudson. "Iwaju," features the voices of Simisola Gbadamosi, Dayo Okeniyi, Femi Branch, Siji Soetan and Weruche Opia.

Said Adeola, "Crafting the narrative of "Iwaju," has been a journey of creative alchemy, blending the rich cultural tapestry of Lagos with imaginative leaps into the future. Collaborating with my Kugali co-founders and the visionary artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios has been nothing short of magical. The heartbeat of my hometown resonates through every scene, and I am thrilled for the world to experience this unique fusion of tradition and futurism."

Also debuting Feb. 28 on Disney+ is "Iwaju," A Day Ahead," a documentary special filmed across three continents that shares the story of the founders of the Pan-African entertainment company, Kugali, who made their dream a reality creating an original animation series with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Created by the ABC News Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios team that brought you "Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2," the documentary shows anything is possible when talent meets opportunity.

"Iwaju": A Day Ahead" is directed by Megan Harding and executive produced by Amy Astley and Beth Hoppe.


With authenticity and creativity at its heart, Kugali is an African-owned and operated storytelling collective spearheading Africa's modern emergence into the AAA media landscape. Founded in 2017 by Tolu Olowofoyeku, Olufikayo Adeola and Hamid Ibrahim with the purpose of taking African stories to the world, Kugali Media has attracted recognition from companies like Disney and the BBC, as well as paved the way for a generation of new African storytellers to find their voices in graphic novels. Their most notable achievements include record-breaking crowdfunding campaigns, a slew of award-winning graphic novels and their upcoming Disney+ series in collaboration with Disney Animation, "Iwaju."


Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, including the first fully animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Zootopia and Encanto.


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With unprecedented access to Disney's long history of incredible film and television entertainment, Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the newest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as a standalone streaming service, as part of the Disney Bundle in the U.S. that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, or as part of Combo+ in Latin America with Star+, the standalone general entertainment and sports streaming service in the region.

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