From Beyoncé to the Oscars: Mary Twala, Africa’s queen of cinema

The late South African actor was introduced to a whole new audience in Beyoncé’s Black Is King.

But it’s her final film – This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – that could be her best workMary Twala died just a few weeks before Beyoncé’s Black Is King came out.

In the film, the 80-year-old embodied the story’s shaman figure, the last part she’d ever play in a six-decade career.

The deep lines of her face, white paint over her eyes and red beads covering her head, made a striking impression, introducing the actor to a whole new audience.Among its other virtues, Black Is King opened a portal for western audiences to some of the best talent from the continent – some emerging, others, like Twala, already well established.

But for those only just discovering her in the wake of Beyoncé’s visual album release,

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