Magazine article New African

Dope

Magazine article New African

Dope

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This year's Oscars proved controversial, as for a second successive year, all the nominees in the major categories were white. One of the films many critics felt was wrongfully overlooked, was the delightful Dope, a hilarious look at contemporary American life through the eyes of a Nigerian American teenager. Written and directed by Nigerian director and producer Rick Famuyiwa, Dope paints a startling portrait of modern America, a country in which to simply survive your teenage years may take some very difficult calculations.

The central character is Malcolm, who every day has to decide on the safest route home from school in order to avoid local gang members who routinely cruise the neighbourhood looking for new recruits. Malcolm is a straight-A student and has his heart set on attending an Ivy League university. He makes the fatal mistake of attending a seniors party, a party some gang members also attend. The party is raided by the police because of the drugs being taken there and although Malcolm is able to get away he arrives home with over a million dollars' worth of dope in his school bag, without any idea of how it got there. …

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