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1. Sambizanga (1972)

102 min | Drama

Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Maldoror | Stars: Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M'Vondo, Dino Abelino

Votes: 137

2. Rêves de poussière (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

A Nigerien peasant comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him.

Director: Laurent Salgues | Stars: Makena Diop, Adama Ouédraogo, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Souleymane Souré

Votes: 244

3. Barakat! (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Set amidst the civil war of Algeria in the 1990s, Enough! is the story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed for articles he's written.

Director: Djamila Sahraoui | Stars: Rachida Brakni, Fattouma Ousliha Bouamari, Zahir Bouzerar, Malika Belbey

Votes: 128

4. Africa paradis (2006)

86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

When Olivier and Pauline, a French engineer and a French teacher, can not live decently in their own country any longer, they decide to emigrate to the United States of Africa.

Director: Sylvestre Amoussou | Stars: Stéphane Roux, Eriq Ebouaney, Sylvestre Amoussou, Charlotte Vermeil

Votes: 80

5. Dry Season (2006)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Khayar Oumar Defallah

Votes: 703

6. Tabataba (1988)

76 min | Drama

Tabataba tells the story of a small Malagasy village during the independence uprising which took place in 1947 in the south of the country. For several months, part of the Malagasy ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Rajaonarivelo | Stars: Philippe Nahoun, François Botozandry, Lucien Dadakisy, Soatody

Votes: 31

7. Life on Earth (1998)

61 min | Comedy, Drama

In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Abderrahmane Sissako, Nana Baby, Mohamed Sissako, Bourama Coulibaly

Votes: 320

8. Abouna (2002)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

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: 507

9. Muna Moto (1975)

100 min | Drama

Ngando and Ndomé; are in love. Ngando wishes to marry Ndomé; but her family reminds him that the traditional dowry must be settled. Unfortunately, Ngando is poor and unable to fulfill the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Dikongue-Pipa | Stars: Philippe Abia, Arlette Din Beli, Gisèle Dikongue-Pipa, David Endene

Votes: 62

10. Cocorico Monsieur Poulet (1974)

93 min | Comedy

The story follows three poultry sellers on a trip across the bush, attempting to deliver a load of chickens to a market in Niamey.

Director: Jean Rouch | Stars: Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrahim Dia, Tallou Mouzourane, Claudine

Votes: 128

11. Light Drops (2002)

103 min | Drama

Rui was raised in Mozambique in a small village at the frontier of a mysterious river. Son of Portuguese colonists, his best friend is Ana, a black girl godchild of his mother. At fourteen ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Vendrell | Stars: Filipe Carvalho, Alexandra Antunes, Amaral Matos, Luís Sarmento

Votes: 93

12. Waiting for Happiness (2002)

90 min | Drama, Music

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: 850 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Harvest: 3,000 Years (1975)

150 min | Drama

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: 141

14. Teza (2008)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene, Teje Tesfahun

Votes: 462

15. A Screaming Man (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Hadje Fatime N'Goua

Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Clando (1996)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Proud and determined, the hunter set out, leaving behind his village ravaged by a terrible drought. All the villagers came out to wish him well, and everyone gave what he could: an egg, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Téno | Stars: Paulin Fodouop, Henriette Fenda, Caroline Redl, Avs Bodule Moukilo

Votes: 28

17. Early in the Morning (2006)

75 min | Drama

Yaguiné and Fodé, schoolboys who try in vain to find work to help their poor families. Lured by the symbols of Western affluence and power that surround them, the two stow away on a flight to Europe.

Director: Gahité Fofana | Stars: Mamoudou Camara, Kouyate Sory 'Douga' Kandia, Amy Boiro, Fatoumata Kanté

Votes: 29

18. Ezra (I) (2007)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. Ezra is structured around the ... See full summary »

Director: Newton I. Aduaka | Stars: Mamoudu Turay Kamara, Mariame N'Diaye, Mamusu Kallon, Richard Gant

Votes: 222

19. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu, Terry Pheto

Votes: 26,796 | Gross: $2.91M

20. L'ombre de Liberty (2006)

85 min | Drama

Captain Ekumu has a lot on his mind: his son Ika is dying and he does not have the means to find treatment for him, which is driving his wife Ezéni to despair. A mysterious radio broadcast ... See full summary »

Director: Imunga Ivanga | Stars: Michel Ndaot, Nadège Kyara Bongo, Laurent Owondo, Line Lecland Mpoundji

21. Les saignantes (2005)

97 min | Sci-Fi

In Jean-Pierre Bekolo's barbed political satire, an infectious hybrid of horror and science fiction, vampiric femmes fatales emasculate high-ranking Cameroonian officials through ancient rituals of Mevoungou.

Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo | Stars: Adèle Ado, Dorylia Calmel, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Josephine Ndagnou

Votes: 82

22. Making Of (2006)

120 min | Crime, Drama

A Tunisian breakdancer falls in with fundamentalists with designs to turn the young man into a suicide bomber.

Director: Nouri Bouzid | Stars: Lotfi Abdelli, Afef Ben Mahmoud, Fatima Ben Saïdane, Helmi Dridi

Votes: 125

24. Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

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, Myriam Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 1,960

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

Not Rated | 45 min | Drama, Family

A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper.

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

Votes: 567

26. Hyenas (1992)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Dramaan is the most popular man in Colobane, but when a woman from his past, now exorbitantly wealthy, returns to the town, things begin to change.

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

Votes: 693 | Gross: $0.02M

27. Badou Boy (1970)

56 min | Comedy

Sarcastic look at Senegal's capital following the adventures of a somewhat immoral street urchin.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Laminé Ba, Al Demba Ciss, Christoph Colomb, Aziz Diop Mambéty

Votes: 106

28. Le franc (I) (1994)

Not Rated | 46 min | Comedy

A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes of eventually retrieving his instrument from his exasperating landlady. The ticket wins, ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Dieye Ma, Aminata Fall, Demba Bâ

Votes: 206

29. Cabascabo (1969)

45 min | Drama

Cabascabo, a veteran of the French colonial army in Indochina, returns to his home town in Niger, acclaimed by friends and relatives. In fragmented flash-backs, he tells the story of his adventure and the battles in that distant land.

Director: Oumarou Ganda | Stars: Oumarou Ganda, Zalika Souley, Dan Baba Ali, Balarabi

Votes: 41

30. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

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: 2,642

32. The Woman with the Knife (1969)

80 min | Drama

A young man returns from Europe obsessed with his sexual inhibition.

Director: Bassori Timite | Stars: Danielle Alloh, Emmanuel Diaman, Bertin Kouakou, Bassori Timite

33. Mandabi (1968)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang, Serigne N'Diayes

Votes: 428

34. Zan Boko (1988)

95 min

In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member of the community involves the burial of the placenta. The space in which the placenta... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Mathias Bayili, Colette Kaboré, Joseph Nikiema, Gady Pafadnam

Votes: 58

35. Sango Malo (1990)

93 min | Drama

Sango Malo contrasts two views of education. The traditional headmaster represents a rigid, "Eurocentric." curriculum designed to produce docile colonial administrators. Malo, the radical ... See full summary »

Director: Bassek Ba Kobhio | Stars: Jeanne Abanda, Epaye Monny Akwa, Daniel Bakang, Lucie Bekono

Votes: 27

36. Quartier Mozart (1992)

80 min | Comedy

A young girl crosses paths with a witch who has the power to satisfy her curiosity about men by changing her into one.

Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo | Stars: Pauline Andela, Jimmy Biyona, Essindi Mindja, Sandrine Ola'a

Votes: 68

37. Life Is Rosy (1987)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Benoît Lamy, Mweze Ngangura | Stars: Papa Wemba, Bibi Krubwa, Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia, Kanko Kasongo

Votes: 143

38. Kasarmu Ce: This Land Is Ours (1991)

84 min | Thriller

A West African thriller that draws on the traditions of Hausa and Western-style storytelling. The plot centers on the efforts of a young man to avenge the murder of his grandfather. The ... See full summary »

Director: Saddik Balewa | Stars: Umaru Uba Gaya, Mustafa Mohammed, Sani Muhammad Shira

Votes: 6

39. Yaaba (1989)

90 min | Drama, Family

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: 544

40. Tableau ferraille (1997)

Not Rated | 92 min

Tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician must choose between two social paradigms exemplified ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Ismaël Lô, Ndèye Fatou Ndaw, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Ahmed Attia

Votes: 48

41. Skirt Power (1997)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of woman in an African village finds a mystical mask. Using the mask, they reverse gender roles, women act like men, and men act like women.

Director: Adama Drabo | Stars: Fanta Berete, Dumu Berté, Yamadou Cissé, Fanta Coulibary

Votes: 47

42. Mossane (1996)

105 min | Drama

Mossane is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who has just reached marriageable age in a village in Senegal. She has many suitors, including a simple-minded farmer's son who plans to drag her ... See full summary »

Director: Safi Faye | Stars: Magou Seck, Isseu Niang, Moustapha Yade, Abou Camara

Votes: 75

43. Destiny (1997)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Two young high school boys, Manga and Sory, are gay and in love in Guinea. This is their story.

Director: Muhammad Camara | Stars: Cécile Bois, Mamady Mory Camara, Muhammad Camara, Koumba Diakite

Votes: 115

44. When the Stars Meet the Sea (1996)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

This film is one of the most magical to come out of Africa, hardly surprising since Madagascar is unlike anywhere else on earth. Raymond Rajaonarivelo follows his epic first film on the ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Rajaonarivelo | Stars: Jean Rabenjamina, Joseph Rainizatilehy, Aimée Razatindrataranoa, Louis Vahandanitra

Votes: 28

45. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 408

46. Sarraounia (1986)

120 min | Drama, History, War

On January 2 1899, starting from the French Soudan, a french column under the commandment of the captains Voulet and Chanoine is send against the black Sultan Rabah in what is now the ... See full summary »

Director: Med Hondo | Stars: Aï Keïta, Jean-Roger Milo, Féodor Atkine, Didier Sauvegrain

Votes: 103

47. Heritage Africa (1989)

110 min | Drama

The story of Quincy Bosomfield who is the product of colonial education and has risen to become the district commissioner. In the process, he abandons his African heritage and all that has real meaning to him.

Director: Kwaw Ansah | Stars: Kofi Bucknor, Ian Collier, Anima Misa, Peter Whitbread

Votes: 36

48. Identity Pieces (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

A Congonese king arrives in Brussels in search of his long-lost daughter.

Director: Mweze Ngangura | Stars: Gérard Essomba, Dominique Mesa, Herbert Flack, David Steegen

Votes: 141

50. Tumult (1996)

117 min | Drama