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Faat Kine
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
In FAAT KINE, Ousmane Sembene, the unquestioned father of African cinema, calls his fellow Africans to a reckoning of the post-independence era at the beginning of a new century. At 77, he sums up 40 years of path-breaking filmmaking with…
Les Saignantes
This is the best African sci-fi vampire political satire with homoerotic overtones you've ever seen. Best friends Majolie and Chouchou are two beautiful young women trying to get ahead in a near-future Cameroon. After accidentally killing a powerful politician during…
Phone Swap
Akin and Mary meet for the first time at Lagos airport where they accidentally run into each other and mistakenly swap their identical phones. This in turn also leads to a cross wiring of travel destinations. Consequently, Akin ends up…
Hyenas
Twenty years after his astonishing first film, Touki Bouki, Djibril Diop Mambety brings us a second feature, HYENAS, as provocative as his first. He adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today's Africa - betraying…
Yeelen
This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, Yeelen is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood. Set in the powerful…
Confusion Na Wa
Set in an anonymous Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist…
Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
Keita creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate. Director Dani Kouyati's frames his dramatization of the epic within the story of Mabo Keita, contemporary…
Tango With Me
Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) and Uzo (Joseph Benjamin) are the perfect, newly, married couple, with both their lives ahead of them. Until a mistaken identity during the happiest day of their lives lead to the beginning of their worst nightmares. The…
Kirikou and the Sorceress
This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find…
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The Figurine
While serving at the Lagos National Youth Service camp, two friends find a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine deep in the forest where they are camping. Unknown to them, the sculpture is from the Yoruba goddess, Araromire, which according…
Otelo Burning
Based on true events and featuring music from South Africa's leading hip hop artists, Otelo Burning is a story of three South African teens that escape the turmoil of their township and discover the joy of surfing. When Otelo Buthelezi…
Kousayla
A film festival favorite from Algeria, KOUSAYLA tells the story of an 11 year-old boy who has just lost his grandmother. He cannot not accept this, and he now has only one thought: to understand why his grandmother passed away…
Thunderbolt
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. THUNDERBOLT will come as a bolt out of the blue to most Americans, even aficionados of African cinema.…
Lucky
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for…
Tall as the Baobab Tree
In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A powerful voice from Africa's young generation, Tall as the…
Rocking Poponguine - Ca twiste a Poponguine
This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin. These Senegalese teenagers living it up on the beach may also remind less discriminating viewers of Annette…
100 Days
Set in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Rwanda countryside, this first ever fiction film made about the Rwanda civil war tells a powerful story of genocide and human survival with compassion and integrity.
Viva Laldjerie
Three women: a mother, her daughter and a prostitute have been living in a hotel in the heart of Algiers amid creeping fundamentalism. Goucem, the daughter, has chosen a modern, emancipated life, spending steamy weekends in nightclubs. Fifi, her faithful…
Viva Riva
Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time,…
Relentless
Relentless is a coming-of-age story set in the bustling city of Lagos by successful Paris-based Art director, Andy Amadi. Obi, a young Nigerian peacekeeping soldier recently returned from an assignment in war-torn Sierra Leone, meets and falls in love with…