African audiences celebrate 'Black Panther' release

IMAX, Regal Entertainment Group, Walt Disney Picture and Marvel Studios hosted an advanced IMAX screening of "Black Panther" for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston at Edwards Houston Marq'e Stadium 23 & IMAX on February 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas. AFP PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Kenya film-maker Jinna Mutune, 29, believes the film has achieved its aim of showing African culture in a positive light but that more black-focused movies need to be produced.
  • T'Challa, the king of Wakanda played by Chadwick Boseman, is not the first black superhero to hit the big screen.

The release of Marvel Studios' latest superhero outing, "Black Panther", this week has triggered the enthusiasm of African movie fans and a sense of pride that Hollywood has finally plugged a gap.
With an almost entirely black cast and a young African-American director, Ryan Coogler, the film has already won rave reviews for its stereotype-busting portrayal of Africa.

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