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Last updated March 31, 2023

Bamako Poster


2006 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

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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1975 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

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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Snake Island

2002 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

En route to an African resort, unsuspecting American tourists (including "The Greatest American Hero" William Katt) make a detour to the aptly named Snake Island, where they come face to face with some seriously sssscary residents. Can the fearless leader (Wayne Crawford) of the tour boat that brought them there keep his clientele from becoming snake food?
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Son of Man

2006 | NR | 2.9 out of 5 Stars

Director Mark Dornford-May transplants the New Testament to a modern South African township in this stirring, music-filled fable about a Jesus who embarks on a quest across the African "kingdom of Judea" to spread a gospel of peace.
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Surfing Soweto

2009 | NR | 2.9 out of 5 Stars

This documentary profiles three notorious young "train surfers" who perform daredevil stunts all over Johannesburg in an attempt to rebel against the poverty, drug addiction, unemployment, crime and despair that plague them and their families.
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Berserker: Hells Warrior

2004 | NR | 2.8 out of 5 Stars

When a Viking warlord defies the god Odin, his wrath is so great that he curses the warlord's eldest son, Barek, to die and be reborn as a bloodthirsty warrior who's forced to fight evil for eternity.
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2005 | NR | 2.8 out of 5 Stars

Love, jealousy and deception collide in this film opera set in South Africa and based on Bizet's "Carmen." A cigarette roller in a factory near Cape Town, Carmen (Pauline Malefane) is aware of the spell she has over Jongikhaya (Andile Tshoni), a cop whose obsession with her leads him to illegal activity. But when Jongikhaya discovers that he alone does not hold Carmen's heart, his jealous rage has fatal consequences.
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Buried Secrets

2009 | NR | 2.7 out of 5 Stars

Teenager Aicha lives with her older sister and strict mother in the servant's quarters of a dilapidated Tunisian mansion. Her structured world is shattered when a young married couple moves into the main house, unleashing a torrent of family secrets.
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Africa First: Volume One

2010 | NR | 2.7 out of 5 Stars

This volume of short films comprises four of the best from the Africa First series, which highlights emerging African directors. Films include the futuristic Pumzi, coming-of-age tale The Abyss Boys, musical St. Louis Blues and mystery The Tunnel.
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Beauty Poster


2011 | NR | 2.5 out of 5 Stars

A family man leading a staid, somber existence in South Africa is suddenly and dramatically affected by meeting the handsome 23-year-old son of his long-lost best friend. Instantly entranced, he can't stop lusting after the young man.
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Punk in Africa

2012 | NR | 2.4 out of 5 Stars

When South Africa shook off the grip of apartheid in the 1990s, a wealth of new cultural forms emerged, including an energetic punk rock scene. This documentary vividly recollects both the spirit of the time and the intensity of the music.
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Dracula 3000

2004 | NR | 2.3 out of 5 Stars

In the year 3000, the crew of a deep space salvage ship come across a starship that had vanished and go on board to investigate. They find the ship abandoned, but they don't know about the vessel's history -- or the evil they're about to unleash.
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2004 | NR | 2.2 out of 5 Stars

After hearing tell of the half-caste, a half-leopard, half-man said to exist in the wilds of South Africa, four filmmakers set out on safari in search of the mysterious creature. But is the bloodthirsty beast real, or just the stuff of local legend?
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The Diamond Hunters

1975 | NR | 2.1 out of 5 Stars

Two young lovers are placed at odds with each other after reigniting a feud between their families over a valuable South African diamond mine. Power, money, love and passion all play an important part in the battle for control.
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Camera Afrique

1983 | NR | 2.0 out of 5 Stars

Acclaimed Tunisian filmmaker Férid Boughedir wrote, produced and directed this 1983 documentary that recounts 20 years in the history of African cinema through interviews and excerpts from 18 films.
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