Mubi's Top 20 African Films

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1. Brightness (1987)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

Votes: 1,618

2. Xala (1975)

123 min | Comedy

6.8
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It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb, Fatim Diagne

Votes: 1,273

3. Harvest: 3,000 Years (1976)

150 min | Drama

7.3
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In Ethiopia; there is a slow boiling of a feud between a wealthy Lord and a protester who feels he is mistreating his laborers. While the viewer gets to closely examine the culture, conversations, and lives of the locals who surround them.

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Kasu Asfaw, Gebru Kasa, Worke Kasa, Melaku Makonen

Votes: 110

4. Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

7.1
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 1,545

5. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,017

6. Cairo Station (1958)

77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hend Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi

Votes: 2,138

7. Heremakono (2002)

90 min | Drama, Music

6.8
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The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda

Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Al-mummia (1969)

102 min | Drama

7.9
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An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam | Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Nadia Lutfi

Votes: 702

9. Hyenas (1992)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf, Calgou Fall

Votes: 584

10. The Wind (1982)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.7
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Finye tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali's chiefs.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Fousseyni Sissoko, Goundo Guissé, Balla Moussa Keita, Ismaila Sarr

Votes: 186

11. Doa al karawan (1959)

109 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Henry Barakat | Stars: Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazhar, Amina Rizk, Zahrat El-Ola

Votes: 1,096

12. Yaaba (1989)

90 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When ... See full summary »

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo | Stars: Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouédraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouédraogo

Votes: 464

13. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 42,898 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Iskanderija... lih? (1979)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.2
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"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams, which up to Hollywood and constraints of his life in the middle class trying to be a new ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Najla Fathi, Ahmad Zaki, Farid Shawqi, Mahmoud El-Meliguy

Votes: 897

15. Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama

7.7
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91 Metascore

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique Zeïda

Votes: 2,965 | Gross: $0.21M

16. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)

45 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Moussa Baldé, Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall, Dieynaba Laam

Votes: 432

17. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

7.4
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As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi, Hend Sabry, Fatima Ben Saïdane

Votes: 719

18. Oh, Sun (1970)

98 min | Drama

7.4
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A native of Mauritania is delighted when he is chosen to work in Paris. Hoping to parlay the experience into a better life for himself, he eagerly prepares for his departure from his native... See full summary »

Director: Med Hondo | Stars: Robert Liensol, Théo Légitimus, Gabriel Glissant, Mabousso Lo

Votes: 93

19. Kuxa Kanema - O Nascimento do Cinema (2003)

52 min | Documentary

6.1
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Director: Margarida Cardoso

Votes: 24

20. Wanderers of the Desert (1984)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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A teacher is assigned to a remote desert village that is obsessed with a mysterious buried treasure and whose children are cursed to wander the desert.

Director: Nacer Khemir | Stars: Nacer Khemir, Soufiane Makni, Noureddine Kasbaoui, Sonia Ichti

Votes: 356

21. Jannie totsiens (1970)

108 min | Mystery, Romance

7.0
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A catatonic mathematics professor with an Oedipus complex is committed to an asylum which is a microcosm of South African society, circa 1970. The inmates band together to attempt to ... See full summary »

Director: Jans Rautenbach | Stars: Cobus Rossouw, Jill Kirkland, Hermien Dommisse, Don Leonard

Votes: 24