Favourite African Films

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1.
Buud Yam (1997)
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In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni - a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch... (97 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré
 
2.
Brightness (1987)
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father. (105 mins.)
 
3.
The Silences of the Palace (1994)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Moufida Tlatli
 
4.
Waiting for Happiness (2002)
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The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou. (90 mins.)
 
5.
The Curlew's Cry (1959)
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This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story... (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Barakat
 
6.
The Wind (1982)
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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. (100 mins.)
 
7.
Wanderers of the Desert (1984)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Nacer Khemir
 
8.
Moolaadé (2004)
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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
 
9.
Touki Bouki (1973)
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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. (85 mins.)
 
10.
Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter... (96 mins.)
Director: Nacer Khemir
 
11.
Ceddo (1977)
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity... (120 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
12.
The Land (1969)
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A small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of the large local landowner, The Land shows why political oppression does not necessarily lead to a sense of solidarity among the disinherited. (130 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
13.
Black Girl (1966)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France. (65 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
14.
Hyenas (1992)
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's... (110 mins.)
 
15.
Afrique, je te plumerai (1992 Documentary)
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A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa. (88 mins.)
 
16.
Abouna (2002)
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The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family... (84 mins.)
 
17.
Wend Kuuni (1982)
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In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush... (75 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré
 
18.
Bamako (2006)
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Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... (115 mins.)
 
19.
Oh, Sun (1970)
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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... (98 mins.)
Director: Med Hondo
 
20.
Mother of the Dunes (1997)
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The story of Zamiatou, a Songhaï woman, in North Eastern Mali. With two young sons, a pretty daughter and a handicapped husband... (90 mins.)
 
21.
Borom sarret (1963 Short Film)
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Boron Sarret is arguably the first film made by a black African. It illustrates poverty in Senegal, particularly for the working man (20 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
22.
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)
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A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper. (45 mins.)
 
23.
City of Contrasts (1969 Short Film)
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A somewhat-humorous look at the city of Dakar, its people, architecture, politics, social behavior, and even the white French tourists... (22 mins.)
Director: Djibril Diop
 
24.
Denko (1993 Short Film)
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Mariama and her blind son Bilaly are shunned by their neighbors. When Mariama rescues an albino man... (18 mins.)
Director: Mohamed Camara
 
25.
Guelwaar (1992)
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Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor... (115 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene