Last updated May 11, 2021
South Africa's Winnie Mandela, one of the most galvanizing public figures in modern history, comes to life in this absorbing biopic. Though it traces Winnie's whole story, the film hinges on the Apartheid-era imprisonment that would define her image.
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Based on a true story, this inspiring drama centers on white farmer Angus Buchan, who -- weary of the conflict in Zambia -- moves his family to South Africa, where they try to transform a bare plot of land into a working farm.
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When a mysterious illness wipes out his entire village, claiming the lives of both his parents, 9-year-old Musa (Junior Singo) is forced to set off on his own, eventually joining the ranks of the scores of orphans who live on the streets of Johannesburg. Directed by David Hickson, this poignant award-winning film examines the heartbreaking effect that AIDS has had on the poor and underprivileged children of Africa.
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With dreams of making enough to buy his seaside dream house, young Lucky Kunene (Rapulana Seiphemo) adopts a small-time criminal lifestyle that balloons into big-time crime, attracting the attention of local law enforcement and stoking the ire of a powerful drug lord. Writer Ralph Ziman also directs this gritty tale of desperation and blind ambition set in the shadow of apartheid-era South Africa and inspired by a true story.
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Catch this inspirational story about a girl battling the oppression of apartheid in South Africa. Schoolgirl Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) lives in Soweto. Her mother lives in Johannesburg, where she works for a white family. Missing her mother, Sarafina puts her energy into fighting for freedom. When police shoot and kill protesting students supporting their teacher (Whoopi Goldberg), Sarafina is arrested as a demonstrator and faces prison and torture.
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A champion South African cricket player, Hansie Cronje had earned respect for himself, the sport and his country. After being lured into a notorious match-fixing scandal, he embarks on a journey toward redemption.
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After shooting a woman and driving off in her car, a ruthless thug is surprised to discover he isn't alone, kept company by a crying infant in the backseat. But through his efforts to care for the baby, he slowly rediscovers his capacity to love.
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Presenting information in an especially kid-friendly format, this documentary spotlights the characteristics and behaviors of zebras, lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards and other animal species that roam the wilds of Africa.
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The concept of the Up Series -- documentaries that revisit a group of children every seven years -- is brought to post-apartheid South Africa. Here, filmmaker Angus Gibson interviews 11 young people of various races and backgrounds as they turn 21.
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Groom-to-be Elvis confronts a tide of obstacles when he tries to cover the 1,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa, in time for his wedding. At the same time, his fiancée Ayanda faces different challenges in the run-up to their wedding.
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Working as a governess for a wealthy French family, a young Senegalese woman (Mbissine Therese Diop) accompanies her charges on a vacation to the French Riviera, where her white mistress (Anne-Marie Jelinek) suddenly expects her to do the work of a common maid. This racially charged drama from Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembene is often recognized as one of the seminal works of African cinema.
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After working as a tour guide at a slavery museum in Senegal, Alloune goes to America to learn about his ancestors, who were sold as slaves and taken to the New World 200 years earlier. There, Alloune meets a woman who might be a distant relative.
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Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boukber are a group of urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca, their everyday lives filled with violence, begging and indifference. To survive, the four youths create a bond of friendship and family among them.
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Nigerian farmer Mocktar comes to Essakane, a dusty gold mining camp in Burkina Faso, seeking work. Haunted by a tragedy-laden past, Mocktar stoically adapts to the horrid working conditions of his fellow miners. Enter the beautiful widow Coumba, who shares Mocktar's endurance but dreams of a better life. Director Laurent Salgues also penned this independent drama about greed and redemption, a 2007 Sundance Film Festival competition entry.
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Young white South African Hally finds himself trapped between the views of his bigoted father and of the black man who takes care of him, Sam, in this film adaptation of the critically acclaimed play by Athol Fugard set in the apartheid era.
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Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer explores Nigeria's newly emerging film industry -- known as Nollywood -- in this fascinating documentary. In West Africa, Nollywood films have become even more popular than Hollywood and Bollywood imports. Meltzer examines the unique challenges Nigerian filmmakers face; follows three directors during filming; and interviews actors, journalists and film experts to gain further insight.
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Director Abderrahmane Sissako's insightful social drama juxtaposes the troubled relationship between a bar singer (Aïssa Maïga) and her unemployed husband (Tiécoura Traoré) with the overwhelming economic hardships of Africa, illuminated through a mock trial against key international financial institutions. While spokesmen from African civil society rail against the World Bank, Melé and Chaka are struggling just to keep their marriage together.
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A high-ranking official loses the respect of the community in Ousmane Sembene's comedy. Set in a newly independent Senegal, the story centers on influential official El Hadji, who decides to take advantage of the rampant corruption by using government funds to marry his third wife. But on his wedding night, El Hadji discovers he has &NFi;xala&NFi_;, the curse of impotence. With his virility in question, he tries a number of ridiculous and bizarre cures.
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