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Episode 75 – Unfiltered Black Panther Review by 5 Black Storytellers in Australia

We recorded for an hour and it feels like we didn’t even scratch the surface!

Last Sunday, I sat in a Melbourne studio with four creative storytellers to review Marvel’s Black Panther movie. Between the five of us, individually, we make films, write stories, write poems, take photos, create visual art, draw, record podcasts, perform on stage and organise African film festivals in Melbourne, Australia.

So yes, we had plenty to say about Black Panther‘s characters, story lines, political relevance, ‘African-ness’ and overall technical execution. We also chat about the stories we want to tell and see in the future, and how we want to do so. The fabulous guests in this episode are Felicity Mashuro, Tanya Hodza, Christopher White and Ez Eldin Deng, who joins us halfway through.

Our final average score for Black Panther: 85.3 /100

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  • Music snippet credit: ‘Pray for Me’ by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar from the Black Panther movie album.
  • Official trailer: Marvel Studios; film directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman, Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.

Ez Eldin Deng – Filmmaker, Producer, Director

Ez Eldin Deng

Felicity Mashuro – Human Rights Lawyer, Filmmaker, Blogger

Felicty Mashuro Lawyer Filmmaker Melbourne Black Panther Review

Christopher White – Filmmaker, Visual Artist, Poet

Christopher White Filmmaker Visual Artist Melbourne Black Panther

Tanya Hodza – Founder of Africa on Screen Film Festival Australia

Tanya Hodza Black Panther Africa on Screen Melbourne

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Note: The two referred to in our episode are American:

Lastly, a big thank you to PBS 106.7FM in Collingwood for the studio use!

2 replies
  1. Tarisai Mazarire
    Tarisai Mazarire says:

    Great show. I think the point about Wakanda being a mix of different African cultures is that it was meant to be inspired by Pan Africanism. Ryan Coogler makes a point about it in how they’re dressed in the Casino scene. Also, given that the nation is meant to be Afro-futuristic, I kinda saw it as something that “could be” rather than something that has always existed.

    P.S. On the Mutapa Kingdom part, I knew that looked familiar

    • Taku Mbudzi
      Taku Mbudzi says:

      Hey Tarisai,
      Thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts. Yes, that’s a true point about it being more of a futuristic imagination than reality. It’s so interesting to hear Ryan and the cast discuss the inspirations behind their creative choices. We’ll just keep watching in awe and taking notes! Thanks again for reaching out, Tarisai.


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