The African continent has been greatly influenced by social changes, political unrest as well as tough economic transitions, besides these challenges, Africa also possess some of the richest cultural heritages in the world. In particular, over the past few decades, African film has begun to experience greater international recognition.

African film is an expression of a cultural identity;in addition, it also plays a social and economic role in impacting the domestic sphere of society. Because of its diverse history, Africa has become a subject of various motion pictures, mainly focusing on socio-political conflicts but others are light hearted comedies. These movies highlight a sneak peek of African society, and an understanding of the life of the people living in Africa.

Queen of Katwe

Adapted from an ESPN magazine article and subsequent book, this biographical account of a young chess champion from the Ugandan town of Katwe does a great job of showing the talent that is often overlooked in Africa.

Photo From Queen of Katwe


This film is a reflection of the Apartheid regime in South Africa; as tensions of Apartheid spreads across South Africa, young people have resolved to do what it takes for freedom to come tomorrow. A group of students in Soweto led by a young beautiful and intelligent girl Sarafina, set up a plot to rise against the Apartheid regime by  rejecting the proposal to have Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and this in turn angers the white people and results in a massive unrest of the students and those others supporting them.

Photo From Sarafina


The Gods Must Be Crazy

If you’re looking for something comic, then “The Gods Must Be Crazy” is the go to movie. The 1980 movie, features a bushman, and his first encounters with the white men, whom he assumed to be “gods.” The movie depicts the hilarious cultural clash that ensues between modern society and the simplicity of the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.

Photo from The Gods Must Be Crazy

The Constant Gardener

This spy-thriller film is based in Kenya. It tells the story of Justin Quayle, a British diplomat who worked on his own to investigate the mysterious murder of his activist wife, which led him to the discovery of a medical experimentation scheme taking place in Africa. He found out that a large pharmaceutical company was testing a tuberculosis drug on Kenyan locals under an AIDS test cover-up. The testing was backed by an NGO, an African aid station, and corrupt officials in the British Foreign Office.

Photo from The Constant Gardner



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