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1.
The Color of Freedom (2007)
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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela. (118 mins.)
Director: Bille August
 
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Drum (2004)
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A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa. (94 mins.)
Director: Zola Maseko
 
3.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
4.
The Bang Bang Club (2010)
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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. (106 mins.)
Director: Steven Silver
 
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Beauty (2011)
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Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Hermanus
 
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Proteus (2003)
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An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men -- a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor -- who weather injustices as a result of their affair. (97 mins.)
Director: John Greyson
 
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (121 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
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Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
9.
Stander (2003)
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The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber. (111 mins.)
Director: Bronwen Hughes
 
10.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
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A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries. (109 mins.)
Director: Jamie Uys
 
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Yesterday (2004)
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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.)
 
12.
Sarafina! (1992)
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South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising. (117 mins.)
 
13.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
14.
The String (2009)
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Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death... (93 mins.)
Director: Mehdi Ben Attia
 
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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
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Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers. (129 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
16.
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
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A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city. (106 mins.)
 
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Safe House (2012)
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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
 
18.
Endgame (2009)
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A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa. (109 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
19.
The Lion King (1994)
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Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
 
20.
Catch a Fire (2006)
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A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
21.
Blood Diamond (2006)
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A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
22.
Skin (2008)
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Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era. (107 mins.)
Director: Anthony Fabian
 
23.
The Flyer (2005)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Revel Fox
 
24.
Spud (2010)
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It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. (103 mins.)
Director: Donovan Marsh
 
25.
District 9 (2009)
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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
 
26.
Hansie: A True Story (2008)
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"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronj's involvement... (123 mins.)
 
27.
Cry Freedom (1987)
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
 
28.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
29.
Elysium (2013)
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In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. (109 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
30.
Winnie Mandela (2011)
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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration. (104 mins.)
Director: Darrell Roodt
 
31.
The First Grader (2010)
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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau terrorist who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. (103 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
32.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. (111 mins.)
Director: Biyi Bandele
 
33.
Trevor Noah: African American (2013 TV Special)
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Celebrated as the most popular comedian in South Africa, Trevor Noah takes the stage in "African American"... (69 mins.)
Director: Ryan Polito
 
34.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. (137 mins.)
 
35.
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul." (101 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus