1 African Collection

A selection of films I have seen set in Sub-saharan Africa, or about sub-saharan migrants
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1.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
2.
A Place Without People (2010 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Duma (2005)
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An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa. (100 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
5.
Invisibles (2007 Documentary)
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A series of short films examining the world's overlooked problems and the people who suffer from them. (95 mins.)
 
6.
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
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Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. (103 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
London River (2009)
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Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. (84 mins.)
 
9.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
10.
The First Grader (2010)
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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran 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
 
11.
White Material (2009)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life. (106 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
12.
Sahara (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator. (124 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
 
13.
The Good Lie (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. (110 mins.)
 
14.
Chimpanzee (2012 Documentary)
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A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male. (78 mins.)
Stars: Tim Allen
 
15.
Mogambo (1953)
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On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda. (116 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
16.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
17.
Nairobi Half Life (2012)
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A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity. (96 mins.)
 
18.
Tabu (2012)
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa. (118 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
 
19.
New Boy (2007 Short Film)
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Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy. (11 mins.)
Director: Steph Green
 
20.
Captain Phillips (2013)
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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
21.
Hatari! (1962)
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways. (157 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
22.
Born Free (1966)
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Married couple George Adamson and Joy Adamson have long lived in northern Kenya for George's work as the senior game warden of the region... (95 mins.)
Director: James Hill
 
23.
Jallaabasho shabaq la'aan (2012 Short Film)
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Pirates in Somalia, from the perspective of the pirates. (17 mins.)
Director: Cutter Hodierne
 
24.
Desert Flower (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while... (120 mins.)
Director: Sherry Hormann
 
25.
The White Massai (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai... (131 mins.)
 
26.
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
27.
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
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Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann... (114 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
28.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant... (135 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
29.
Imani (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
One day in the life of three people, a 12 year old former child soldier, a hip hop dancer and a maid taking us from the city of Kampala, Uganda to northern Uganda post-war. (82 mins.)
Director: Caroline Kamya
 
30.
Jane's Journey (2010 Documentary)
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More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life... (107 mins.)
Director: Lorenz Knauer
 
31.
Sleeping Sickness (2011)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Köhler
 
32.
Nowhere in Africa (2001)
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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. (141 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
 
33.
A Hijacking (2012)
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The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. (103 mins.)
Director: Tobias Lindholm
 
34.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's. (123 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
35.
Congo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong. (109 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
36.
All That Way for Love (2011 Short Film)
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A young idealistic Irishman traveling across Africa to reach his girlfriend; hitches a ride with a warring European couple. The crossfire could be deadly. (20 mins.)
Director: Henry Mason
 
37.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
 
38.
The Night of Truth (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak... (100 mins.)
 
39.
Torn Allegiance (1986)
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Piet du Bois is a miner who wants to buy a farm. He meets a Bushman and his wife buying their land and expelling after. The Bushman exposes a legend about a fabulous hidden treasure. (92 mins.)
Director: Alan Nathanson
 
40.
Samba (2014)
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Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs... (118 mins.)
 
41.
War Witch (2012)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
 
42.
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born. (74 mins.)
 
43.
All Is Well (2011)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Pocas Pascoal
 
44.
The Interpreter (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot. (128 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
45.
Out of Africa (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
46.
Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of the complications that ensue when an Afrikaans man and Zulu girl fall in love, especially when the traditional custom of "lobola", or dowry, makes things even more difficult for them. (97 mins.)
Director: Henk Pretorius
 
47.
The Suit (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
illegal African immigrant Patricio is given a suit as thanks for helping a man change his flat tire. The new clothes improve his self-image. (102 mins.)
 
48.
Darwin's Nightmare (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. (107 mins.)
Director: Hubert Sauper
 
49.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
50.
Paradise: Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business. (120 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
51.
Moolaadé (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart. (124 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
52.
Ninah's Dowry (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Ninah is a runaway wife whose husband finds out she is pregnant and he comes to recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns. By any means necessary. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Viyuoh
 
53.
Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A drama centered on a white man lost in the Botswana marshlands. (80 mins.)
Director: Jan Zabeil
 
54.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
55.
Difret (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage. (99 mins.)
 
56.
Eye in the Sky (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. (102 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
57.
The Lion Standing in the Wind (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of Dr. Koichiro, who moves from Japan to Kenya to volunteer as a doctor for child soldiers. (139 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
58.
The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s. (108 mins.)
Director: Richie Smyth