1. Gold Coast LoungeGhanaCrime1 Hour 59 Mins

SYNOPSIS  An Afro-noir film taking place in the heart of Ghana. A crime family have to clean up their act before the government shuts down their private lounge.

WHAT  Gold Coast Lounge uses gangster movie tropes to address the nation's history of civil war.

WHY  Won 8 awards including ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Lead Actor,’ ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at 2019 Ghana Movie Awards.

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2. SoftieKenyaDocumentary1 Hour 36 Mins

SYNOPSIS  Political activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi runs for office in a regional Kenyan election, which puts pressure on his young family and his convictions.

WHAT  Boniface Mwangi is daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya's most provocative photojournalist.

WHY  This is director Sam Soko's first feature documentary, that started out as a 5 minute activism manual.

3. Sakho & ManganeSenegalCrime1 SN | 8 EPS

Set in the African capital city Dakar, this series highlights Commander Souleymane Sakho (Issaka Sawadogo) and Lieutenant Basile Mangane (Yann Gael), a duo of police officers with polar opposite personalities and radically different policing methods. Under the command of Mama Ba, Sakho and Mangane are forced to work together to solve bizarre supernatural crimes which often involve black magic. This is a 100% African production with a team of three directors from Congo, Senegal and Mali.

4. Nafi's FatherSenegalDrama1 Hour 49 Mins

SYNOPSIS  A young woman In a provincial town in Senegal is caught in a fight between her father, a religious leader, and his fundamentalist brother.

WHAT  A gripping and devastating film about he dangers of religious fundamentalism.

WHY  Senegal’s submission for “Best International Feature” Oscar in 2021.

5. Call Me ThiefSouth AfricaDrama2 Hours 24 Mins

SYNOPSIS  Everyone has gift: Every gift has a price.

WHAT  A film based on the true life story of a young man who becomes a storyteller in jail.

WHY  Official submission of South Africa for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

6. Poppie NongenaSouth AfricaDrama1 Hour 46 Mins

SYNOPSIS  The Love For Her Family Held No Curfew. Needed No Permit. Had No Boundaries.

WHAT  A story about human rights and a mother’s determination and courage at a time when the country was on the brink of upheaval.

WHY  Based on the acclaimed novel by Elsa Joubert, which is regarded as one of the best African novels of the 20th century.

7. Beauty and the DogsTunisiaThriller Suspense1 Hour 40 Mins

When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania's film tells an important story head-on. A rare, startling film from a female Tunisian director, it’s a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.

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