Favourite African Films

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1. Buud Yam (1997)

97 min | Drama, History

7.1
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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. When Pughneere - his adopted sister - becomes ill, ... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Colette Kaboré, Joséphine Kaboré, Mariama Ly, Amssatou Maïga

Votes: 125

2. 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: 1,619

3. 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

4. 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: 781 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Doa al karawan (1959)

109 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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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: 1,099

6. 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

7. 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: 357

8. 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: 2,966 | Gross: $0.21M

9. 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: 1,547

10. Bab'Aziz (2005)

96 min | Drama

7.6
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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, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great ... See full summary »

Director: Nacer Khemir | Stars: Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryam Hamid, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohamed Graïaa

Votes: 2,431

11. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 502

12. Al-ard (1969)

130 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Hamdy Ahmed, Yehia Chahine, Ezzat El Alaili, Tawfik El Deken

Votes: 845

13. 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: 2,020

14. 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

15. Afrique, je te plumerai (1992)

88 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Director: Jean-Marie Téno | Stars: Jean-Marie Téno, Narcisse Kouokam, Marie Claire Dati, Essindi Mindja

Votes: 70

16. Abouna (2002)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

6.7
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70 Metascore

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. They are Amine, about eight years old, ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun, Mounira Khalil

Votes: 487

17. Wend Kuuni (1982)

75 min | Drama

7.1
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In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Serge Yanogo, Rosine Yanogo, Joseph Nikiema, Colette Kaboré

Votes: 147

18. Bamako (2006)

115 min | Drama

6.8
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81 Metascore

Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court ... See full summary »

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé

Votes: 1,116 | Gross: $0.11M

19. 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

20. Mother of the Dunes (1997)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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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, Zamiatou struggles to survive in a remote and barren area. ... See full summary »

Director: Abdoulaye Ascofare | Stars: Aminata Ousmane, Balla Moussa Keita, Safiatou Mahamane, Oumar Mbarek

Votes: 36

21. Borom sarret (1963)

20 min | Short, Drama

7.1
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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

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Ly Abdoulay, Albourah

Votes: 574

22. 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: 433

23. City of Contrasts (1969)

22 min | Short

6.9
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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, and especially the influence of France's culture and ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty

Votes: 72

24. Denko (1993)

18 min | Drama, Short

6.8
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Mariama and her blind son Bilaly are shunned by their neighbors. When Mariama rescues an albino man, Samba, from drowning, she discovers that he is a healer and can cure her son's blindness... See full summary »

Director: Muhammad Camara

Votes: 12

25. Guelwaar (1992)

115 min | Drama

7.3
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Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Abou Camara, Marie Augustine Diatta, Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Moustapha Diop

Votes: 230 | Gross: $0.06M