Okay so the title may run a tad dramatic (blame click bait internet influences) though, yes, below are the African Films you must watch before you die. So put away your Nowhere in Africa's and Machine Gun Preacher stuff and see these films made by actual African Filmmakers. In no particular order, the films listed traverse the four points of the continent capturing the best of Africa's often captivating, strange and heartwarming stories that always go without mention. Without further ado, grab your popcorn and get scrolling!
The film even scored areview by Scorsese himself. Touki Bouki's stunning imagery in the film serves a visual feast from scene to scene, unmatched for decades to follow.
Note: Nsfw. Contains images of slaughtered animals.
Chouchou in future Cameroon who after killing and disposing the body of a famous politician, gain entry into the enviable glamorous wakes that have taken over the cities nightlife.
This is by far one of the strangest films I have seen in my long experience of watching strange films. As easy as it is to dismiss the film as such, Les Saignantes never descends into self aware madness. The film endures with its oft funny dark humour in oddly paced sequences and wears its commentary of the political climate and corruption in Cameroon with stylish aplomb.
American fashion model participates in a shoot taken on the coast of Ghana's slave posts, a mystic transports her back to a West Indies plantation as a slave.
At the heart of Sankofa are its emotionally driven characters. The films painstaking focus on characterizing each slave, gives much needed reason to their motivations, a trait shallowly referenced to or blatantly ignored in Western Media.
Timbuktu marks Sisako's most successful venture earning him an Oscar nom and the prestige of flooring Cannes audiences. The story follows the growing global concern of radicalism. A peaceful cattle herder and his family living in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu get swept up in the chaos of rising Jihadists.
To say more would be to spoil this beautiful film. The restrained yet sweeping cinematography from frame to frame captures the beauty of everyday life and courageousness in the face of utter oppression. The opening shots of hand carved Malian Statues shot up by trigger happy youth in the setting of a city once rich and of great historical importance is just one of the many haunts sure to remain with you long after the film is gone.
the backseat of a car he has stolen... ok anymore and all the twists and turns she be ruined
Tsotsi succeeds in drawing out the human face of its characters in a genre so heavily stereotyped. This gritty drama surprised all with its heartbreaking cruelty, depth and human voice.
Tunisian colonialism is depicted through the eyes of Alia and her mother Khedija set in the local palace in which they work.
The title of the film is spectacularly fitting as we helplessly witness the happenings inside the palace. Alia comes to realize that the female servants in the house must be sexually available to their masters. The stakes are high in this slow burn film which Tlatli effortlessly brings out in a drool-worthy play of deliberate juxtapositions of sound and silence. A pure masterpiece.
This was a hard list to curate, therefore, I would like to know your thoughts on them. Have you seen any of the films listed on here? Let us know and start a conversation!