Peaceful Anarchy's favourite African films

by PeacefulAnarchy | created - 16 Jul 2018 | updated - 20 Jul 2018 | Public

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1. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 724

2. Sambizanga (1972)

102 min | Drama

Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Maldoror | Stars: Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M'Vondo, Dino Abelino

Votes: 155

3. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 15,385 | Gross: $1.08M

4. Angano... Angano... Tales from Madagascar (1989)

64 min | Documentary

Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture.

Directors: Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes, Cesar Paes | Stars: Ambarazafy, Avimare, Arthur Besy, Fototselo

Votes: 46

5. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,944

6. Hyènes (1992)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Dramaan is the most popular man in Colobane, but when a woman from his past, now exorbitantly wealthy, returns to the town, things begin to change.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Mansour Diouf, Ami Diakhate, Faly Gueye, Mamadou Mahourédia Gueye

Votes: 756 | Gross: $0.02M

7. Cairo Station (1958)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A newspaper salesman at the train station in Cairo develops an unhealthy obsession with a woman who sells refreshments.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hind Rustum, Youssef Chahine, Hassan el Baroudi

Votes: 2,875

8. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

96 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, Samia Kerbash

Votes: 49,513 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen (1983)

40 min | Documentary, Short

A short film which documents the lives of women in a rural Senegal.

Director: T. Minh-ha Trinh

Votes: 323

10. Allah Tantou (1992)

62 min | Documentary

Filmmaker David Achkar searches for his father, Marof Achkar, who was sent to the notorious Camp Boiro prison in 1969 for treason.

Director: David Achkar | Stars: David Achkar, Marof Achkar

Votes: 29

11. Le franc (I) (1994)

Not Rated | 46 min | Comedy

A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes of eventually retrieving his instrument from his exasperating landlady. The ticket wins, ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Dieye Ma, Aminata Fall, Demba Bâ

Votes: 225

12. Félicité (2017)

129 min | Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

Director: Alain Gomis | Stars: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Nadine Ndebo

Votes: 850 | Gross: $0.01M

13. The Curlew's Cry (1959)

109 min | Drama, Romance

This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Hinri Barakat | Stars: Faten Hamamah, Ahmad Mazhar, Aminah Rizq, Zahrat El-Ula

Votes: 1,414

14. The Law (1990)

81 min | Drama, Romance

Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken ... See full summary »

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo | Stars: Rasmané Ouédraogo, Ina Cissé, Roukietou Barry, Assane Ouedraogo

Votes: 504

15. Sarraounia (1986)

120 min | Drama, History, War

On January 2 1899, starting from the French Soudan, a french column under the commandment of the captains Voulet and Chanoine is send against the black Sultan Rabah in what is now the ... See full summary »

Director: Med Hondo | Stars: Aï Keïta, Jean-Roger Milo, Féodor Atkine, Didier Sauvegrain

Votes: 118

16. Xala (1975)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

A corrupt politician is cursed with impotence on the night of his third wedding after embezzling 100 tons of rice.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb, Fatim Diagne

Votes: 1,506

17. Jaguar (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

The adventures of three young men who leave their homeland Savannah, Niger, and go looking for fortune in Ghana.

Director: Jean Rouch | Stars: Lam Ibrahim Dia, Illo Gaoudel, Damouré Zika

Votes: 223

18. Africa, I Will Fleece You (1992)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, History

A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa.

Director: Jean-Marie Téno | Stars: Jean-Marie Téno, Narcisse Kouokam, Marie Claire Dati, Essindi Mindja

Votes: 87

19. Work (1978)

90 min | Drama

A young manager of a factory encounters a man walking along a road who says his family traditionally are servants to the manager's family. The manager offers him a job, and as he watches ... See full summary »

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Balla Moussa Keita, Baba Niare, Bubukar Keita, Omou Diarra

Votes: 179

20. The Wedding Camels (1980)

103 min | Documentary

An account of a marriage among the Turkana, an isolated pastoral tribe of the dry thorn-country of northwestern Kenya.

Directors: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall

Votes: 11

21. God's Gift (1982)

75 min | Drama

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Serge Yanogo, Rosine Yanogo, Joseph Nikiema, Colette Kaboré

Votes: 207

22. Sisters in Law (2005)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Set in Kumba in South West Cameroon Sisters in Law follows Adultery, Rape and Abuse cases led by a Female Judge.

Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto | Stars: Vera Ngassa, Beatrice Ntuba

Votes: 340 | Gross: $0.03M

23. The Wind (1982)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Finye tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali's chiefs.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Fousseyni Sissoko, Goundo Guissé, Balla Moussa Keita, Ismaila Sarr

Votes: 229

24. Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1990)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961.

Director: Raoul Peck | Star: Patrice Lumumba

Votes: 113

25. The Lion Hunters (1966)

80 min | Documentary

A group of West African hunters embark on a ritual hunt, tracking a pride of lions which has been attacking their cattle.

Director: Jean Rouch | Stars: Tahirou Koro, Issiaka Moussa, Belébia Moussa, Wangari Moussa

Votes: 196

26. The Message (1976)

PG | 177 min | Biography, Drama, History

This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 41,616

27. Rocking Poponguine (1994)

95 min | Drama

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.

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Coura Ba, Jean-François Balmer, Ousmane Bo, Abou Camara

Votes: 70

28. Brightness (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

Votes: 2,004

29. Pegasus (2010)

104 min | Drama

Zineb is an emotionally exhausted psychiatrist assigned to Rihana, a traumatized and pregnant young woman found in the street muttering unintelligibly about "The Lord of the Horse." Soon, ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Mouftakir | Stars: Saadia Ladib, Driss Roukhe, Anas El Baz, Nadia Niazi

Votes: 79

30. Drum (2004)

94 min | Thriller

A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa.

Director: Zola Maseko | Stars: Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, Tumisho Masha, Moshidi Motshegwa

Votes: 333



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