Africa by country

by road-traveled | created - 01 Mar 2014 | updated - 13 May 2017 | Public

Algiers to Zambia . Countries and regions listed A-Z.

Comoros Islands, Malawi, Togo, Lesotho, Eritrea, Liberia.

Also: Tree Safari: A sculptural journey. Searching for woods in Africa for sculptures.

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2. Adanggaman (2000)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama

70 Metascore

In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Gnoan M'Bala | Stars: Rasmané Ouédraogo, Albertine N'Guessan, Ziable Honoré Goore Bi, Bintou Bakayoko

Votes: 151 | Gross: $0.03M

Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso.

West Africa, late 17th century slave trade.

3. Faat Kiné (2001)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A forty-year-old woman refuses to give into the stigma of unwed motherhood and climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia, Mariama Balde

Votes: 240 | Gross: $0.02M


4. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 46,510 | Gross: $0.06M


5. Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare l'amico misteriosamente scomparso in Africa? (1968)

130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A rich businessman is fed up with work, family, society, and goes with a friend to Africa, in search of another friend who had vanished there in mysterious circumstances. They will find him... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Bernard Blier, Alfredo Marchetti, Franca Bettoia

Votes: 652



7. Escape from Luanda (2007)

72 min | Documentary, Music, War

In Luanda, one of the world's poorest and most dangerous places, three students from Angola's only music school work towards their end-of-year concert. The Music School is Angola's first ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Grabsky, David Notman-Watt | Stars: Joana Adão da Silva Miguel, Alfredo Pedro Luis, Domingas Africana Mendes

Votes: 16


8. Le secret de l'enfant-fourmi (2011)

108 min | Drama

During a journey to northern Benin, Cécile's path crosses that of a young African mother who abandons a baby in her arms.

Director: Christine François | Stars: Audrey Dana, Robinson Stévenin, Élie Lucas Moussoko, Yann Trégouët

Votes: 63

Northern Benin

9. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.

Stars: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube

Votes: 2,841


10. Tales of Sand and Snow (2004)

49 min | Documentary

In a quest to rediscover the spiritual values of his own people,Hyacinthe Combary, an African filmmaker from the Gourmantche tribe of Burkina Faso visits an Aboriginal band, the Atikamekw of northern Quebec.

Director: Hyacinthe Combary | Star: Hyacinthe Combary

Burkina Faso

11. Magume (2002)

56 min | Documentary

Buta, southern Burundi. A school, scene of a massacre during the war between Hutus and Tutsis, once more welcomes students of both ethnic groups. These students begin the task of ... See full summary »

Directors: Joachim Gatti, Jean-Baptiste Leroux


12. Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet, Jean-Claude Adelin

Votes: 2,391 | Gross: $2.32M


13. Ninah's Dowry (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Victor Viyuoh | Stars: Mbufung Seikeh, Anurin Nwunembom, Norbert Kecha, Kingsley Nkwah

Votes: 56


14. Volcanic Sprint (2007)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

The sleepy town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts Africa's most grueling footrace: the Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope, a marathon-length sprint 10,000 feet up a live volcano, ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Dorst | Stars: Sarah Etonge, John Ekema, Max Mwambo, Pierrot Talla

Votes: 20


15. Dona Tututa (2013 Video)


Epifânia Évora loved music and the piano, the most anyone can. Throughout her life, she turned joy and pain into melodies and sang them, breaking all conventions. To this nonagenarian Cape ... See full summary »

Director: João Alves da Veiga

Votes: 10

Cape Verde

16. A Journey to Dzanga Bai (2011)

28 min | Short

Dzanga Bai in the Central African Republic is the best place in the world to study forest elephants.

Director: Fred Heiman | Stars: Peggy Heiman, Carolyn Tett, David Tett, Andrea Turkalo

Central Africa Republic

17. 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: 502


18. Un homme qui crie (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: 1,346 | Gross: $0.01M


19. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 18,753 | Gross: $7.29M

Comoros Islands

20. Benda Bilili! (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya

Votes: 727

Democratic Republic of Congo

21. On the Rumba River (2007)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Music

A tribute to the Congolese people, who despite desperate poverty, a history of oppression and an ongoing civil war that has killed nearly 4 million people, continue to be sustained by music.

Director: Jacques Sarasin | Stars: Wendo Kolosoy, Mbinga Kabata, Antoine Moundanda, Joseph Munange

Votes: 17 | Gross: $0.00M

Democratic Republic of Congo Antoine Wendo Kolosoy Congolese rumba

22. Beau travail (1999)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Richard Courcet

Votes: 6,647 | Gross: $0.25M


23. En el mundo a cada rato (2004)

116 min | Documentary, Family

Five documentary shorts about various children from the third world.

Directors: Javier Corcuera, Patricia Ferreira, Javier Fesser, Chus Gutiérrez, Pere Joan Ventura | Star: Vicenta N'Dongo

Votes: 84

Equitorial Guinea

24. City of Dreams (2006 Video)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary

Architect, Naigzy Gebremedhin takes the audience on a tour of his beloved city, Asmara, in Eritrea, showcasing the stunning rationalist architecture left by Italian colonizers from the ... See full summary »

Director: Ruby Ofori Edward Scott


25. Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Music

A documentary about the family of the late Bob Marley and their first trip to Ethiopia to attend the annual Africa Unite concert.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Firoz Hirji Nazisi, Marley Mirene, Portia Phalafala, Rita Marley

Votes: 61


26. Growing Up and Going Home (2007 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

Three teenagers, adopted by an extended Australian family as children, return to Ethiopia to reconnect with the family, friends and culture they left behind.

Director: Belinda Mason


28. Kings of the Gambia (2010)

70 min | Documentary

The ten-piece afro-helvetic band "King Kora" starts a tour through Gambia, the home country of its kora player and singer Lamin Jobarteh. The band travels for nine days on a boat on the ... See full summary »

Director: David Vogel | Stars: Brandy Butler, Michael Flury, Roger Greipl, Lamin Jobarteh

Votes: 6


29. Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Family, Music

65 Metascore

A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.

Director: Sascha Paladino | Stars: Bela Fleck, The Jatta Family, Bassékou Kouyaté, Anania Ngoliga

Votes: 178 | Gross: $0.09M

Gambia Mali Tanzania Uganda

30. Kwaku Ananse (2013)

26 min | Short, Drama

The traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father's funeral. Nyan's father led two ... See full summary »

Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu | Stars: Jojo Abot, Koo Nimo, Grace Omaboe, Karim Adam

Votes: 25


31. Cobra Verde (1987)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

55 Metascore

During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile

Votes: 6,313


32. Mortu Nega (1988)

85 min | Drama, War

The story of a woman who searches through the country for her husband, a resistant, while the war for independence is raging. She finds him at last and saves his life. When peace finally ... See full summary »

Director: Flora Gomes | Stars: Bia Gomes, Tunu Eugenio Almada, Mamadu Uri Balde, Pedro da Silva

Votes: 44

Guinea -Bissau

33. Nothing Like Chocolate (2012)

63 min | Documentary

Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolatier Mott Green seeks solutions to the problems of a ravaged global chocolate industry. Solar power, employee shareholding and ... See full summary »

Director: Kum-Kum Bhavnani | Stars: Bama Athreya, Edmond Brown, Crystal, Mott Green

Votes: 27

Ivory Coast

34. A Small Act (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

A young Kenyan's life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received.

Director: Jennifer Arnold

Votes: 295


35. My Wild Affair (2014– )
Episode: The Elephant Who Found a Mom (2014)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

From PBS - This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha, the baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Chu | Stars: Allan Corduner, Daphne Sheldrick

Votes: 8

Kenya. Daphne Sheldrick's sanctuary in Kenya.

36. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Biography, Drama

Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and ... See full summary »

Stars: Hayley Mills, David Robb, Holly Aird, Mick Chege

Votes: 311


37. An Elephant Called Slowly (1970)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Action, Adventure

Bill and Ginny are invited by a naturalist friend to take care of his home in Africa while he is away, and they find themselves adopted by three orphan elephants.

Director: James Hill | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Vinay Inambar, Joab Collins

Votes: 108


38. The Happy Valley (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.

Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Holly Aird, Kathryn Pogson, Michael Byrne

Votes: 47


39. Nelly Furtado: The Road to Kisaruni (2011 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Nelly Furtado joins non-profit volunteer arts organization Artbound on their assignment to build Free The Children's first all girls high school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya.

Stars: Nelly Furtado, Craig Kielburger, Carol Moraa, Dylan Murray


40. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 11,637 | Gross: $6.17M


41. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 124,148 | Gross: $33.58M

Kenya Sudan

42. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Henry King, Otto Brower | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,137

Kenya Uganda Tanzania South Africa

43. Mountains of the Moon (1990)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The legendary true-story of Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's tumultuous expedition to find the source of the Nile river.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 3,119 | Gross: $4.01M


44. Kwepunha Liberia (2013)

Not Rated | 36 min | Documentary, Short

Sam Bleakley a former pro surfer and travel writer explores hard to reach places often misrepresented in the press. In this amazing journey he visits Liberia 10 years after the end of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo McCrea, Samuel Lang | Stars: Sam Bleakley, Sean Brody


45. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

In Fascist Italy pre-World War II, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Benito Mussolini to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab nation. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, Irene Papas

Votes: 12,206


46. Mahaleo (2005)

98 min | Documentary, History, Music

In Malagasy, Mahaleo means free, independent

Mahaleos voices and music have accompanied the people of Madagascar ever since the collapse of the colonial regime. Yet, even after 30 years of ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Cesar Paes, Raymond Rajaonarivelo | Star: Dama Mahaleo

Votes: 35


47. Mutant Planet (2010– )
Episode: Madagascar (2010)

TV-G | 44 min | Documentary

The land of lemurs, an ancient primate family that evolved from only one small group which arrived on the island more than 60 million years ago. For them Madagascar became the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Hayakawa | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Richard Lintern

Votes: 8


48. William and the Windmill (2013)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

With only a library book as his guide, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba sets about building a wind turbine in his Malawian village.

Director: Ben Nabors | Stars: William Kamkwamba, Tom Rielly

Votes: 52


49. Brightness (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy