Top 10 must-see movies about South Africa

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1.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
2.
Hansie: A True Story (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronj's involvement... (123 mins.)
 
3.
Tsotsi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
4.
Yesterday (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid. (108 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
6.
Drum (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa. (94 mins.)
Director: Zola Maseko
 
7.
Zulu Love Letter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Ramadan Suleman
 
8.
Wah-Wah (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton... (120 mins.)
 
9.
In My Country (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa... (105 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
10.
Red Dust (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who was arrested along with him and never heard from again. (110 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper