Films from Africa

There are more than 50 countries in Africa, hundreds of unique cultures, and tens of thousands of stories to be told. Each of these films showcase different parts of Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Choose one, get comfy, and travel the world from your couch.
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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Miners Shot DownUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 26 Mins

SYNOPSIS  34 miners were killed in South Africa in 2012. A police cover-up was suspected.

WHAT  The film explores the events that led to the “Marikana Massacre” by featuring the POV of three miners.

WHY  It won an International Emmy in 2015.

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