AfriDocs, the only FREE streaming platform for the best African documentaries is excited to announce an exclusively curated stream of programming available ONLY on Channel24, South Africa’s largest entertainment website with news from across Africa and the world.
Every week a specially selected African documentary will be available on Channel24 to stream. The first week’s film, Omo Child can be streamed for FREE here.
With a massive library of some of Africa’s best documentaries, AfriDocs, in partnership with Channel24 will select the most topical and relevant films for audiences across South Africa and beyond. Simply navigate to movies, scroll down to documentaries, and find the latest selection to stream free for the week.
For the launch of this exciting documentary stream, starring from April 16th, film fans can watch the powerful Ethiopian film Omo Child, followed on April 23rd with the story of the women of Marikana, those left behind after the massacre in 2012. Strike a Rock follows two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana who lead the community as they continue to fight for justice.
In honour of Freedom Day – April 27th, AfriDocs on Channel24 will present Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo, the recently released biopic of the often overlooked struggle hero. With previously unseen footage, interviews with those closest to Tambo, and in his own words, the film is a moving tribute to one of the founders of our democracy.
Check out Channel24 every Monday for another new documentary, and also visit AfriDocs anytime to watch these and other films, anytime – always for free.
Omo Child | John Rowe | Ethiopia | 2015 | 90 min
In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.
Winner: Social Impact Media Award – Jury Ethos Award, 2016
Strike a Rock | Aliki Saragas | South Africa, 2017 | 87 min
Strike A Rock is the story of two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. They live in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc, the third largest platinum extractor in the world. This company has significant legal obligation to the community that they mine under and around, but does not comply with all their responsibilities.
This community became internationally known after the 2012 Marikana massacre, when 37 striking miners were killed by police. However, instead of improving, the living conditions that motivated the strike in the first place continue to worsen. And this is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against.
Winner: Audience Award, Best Local Film, Encounters Documentary Festival, South Africa 2017
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo | Connie Field | South Africa | 2017 | 90 min
Political comrades and law partners, Mandela and Tambo shared a political destiny. Nelson Mandela is a household name. Oliver Tambo is virtually unknown. Banned in South Africa, Tambo led the liberation struggle in exile from 1960-1990 while Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island.
During those 30 years he not only kept the African National Congress (ANC) unified, led his movement both inside and outside South Africa in a successful battle against apartheid, his calls to the international community to isolate and sanction the South African regime created the most globalised human rights struggle of the 20th century.
In the end, his actions released Nelson Mandela and laid the foundation for a new South Africa. Suffering a stroke on the eve of success, OR would not live to see his livelong friend become the first black president of a democratic South Africa.