Africa: Independence and Disillusionment

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1. Lumumba (2000)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

Votes: 1,739 | Gross: $0.68M

2. Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (1999)

135 min | Documentary

Thiery Michel takes an in-depth look at the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. A man of "modest roots" who had a Catholic upbringing, Mobutu was sent to the army by his father for insubordination. ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Raymond Barre, Jacques Chirac, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Mobutu Sese Seko

Votes: 174

3. 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

5. Le damier (1996)

40 min | Short

This film tells the story of the president of a fictitious African nation who spends a sleepless night playing checkers with a pot-smoking vagabond who claims to be the all-round champion. ... See full summary »

Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda | Stars: Dieudonné Kabongo, Yves Mba, Pascal N'Zonzi, Jean LaCroix Kamba

Votes: 15

6. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 14,381 | Gross: $2.67M

7. Tableau ferraille (1997)

Not Rated | 92 min

Tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician must choose between two social paradigms exemplified ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Ismaël Lô, Ndèye Fatou Ndaw, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Ahmed Attia

Votes: 50

9. Cuba: An African Odyssey (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 190 min | Documentary

From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. CUBA, AN AFRICAN ... See full summary »

Director: Jihan El-Tahri

Votes: 100

10. The Hero (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

A 20-year veteran of the Angolan civil war returns to the capital city of Luanda where he faces the challenges of assimilation and survival.

Director: Zézé Gamboa | Stars: Makena Diop, Milton 'Santo' Coelho, Maria Ceiça, Patrícia Bull

Votes: 140

11. Teza (2008)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene, Teje Tesfahun

Votes: 483

12. Dry Season (2006)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Chad, 2006. After a forty-year civil war, the radio announces the government has just amnestied the war criminals. Outraged by the news, Gumar Abatcha orders his grandson Atim, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Khayar Oumar Defallah

Votes: 721

13. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu, Terry Pheto

Votes: 27,229 | Gross: $2.91M

15. A Screaming Man (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up ... See full summary »

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Hadje Fatime N'Goua

Votes: 1,414 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Nothing But the Truth (II) (2008)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

After his brothers death a man plans his funeral but things don't go as planned as his relatives have to come to terms with the fact that he wasn't the man everyone thought he was

Director: John Kani | Stars: John Kani, Rosie Motene, Motshabi Tyelele, Grethe Fox

Votes: 14

17. Our Forbidden Places (2008)

108 min | Documentary

During the oppressive reign of Moroccan King Hassan II in the 70's and 80's (a.k.a. Years of Lead) many dissidents went missing. After the throning of a new king, a truth commission was formed in the 2000's. Families of the missing speak.

Director: Leila Kilani

18. The Absence (II) (2009)

82 min | Drama

Adama Diop is a successful scientist, living in Paris. After 15 years away, he travels to his hometown in Senegal to visit his aged grandmother and his semi-deaf mute sister Aicha. Aicha is... See full summary »

Director: Mama Keïta | Stars: Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Mouss Diouf, Ibrahima Mbaye, William Nadylam

Votes: 18

19. Barakat! (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Set amidst the civil war of Algeria in the 1990s, Enough! is the story of two women. Emel is a Westerner whose husband, a journalist, is missing - perhaps kidnapped or even killed for articles he's written.

Director: Djamila Sahraoui | Stars: Rachida Brakni, Fattouma Ousliha Bouamari, Zahir Bouzerar, Malika Belbey

Votes: 131

20. L'ombre de Liberty (2006)

85 min | Drama

Captain Ekumu has a lot on his mind: his son Ika is dying and he does not have the means to find treatment for him, which is driving his wife Ezéni to despair. A mysterious radio broadcast ... See full summary »

Director: Imunga Ivanga | Stars: Michel Ndaot, Nadège Kyara Bongo, Laurent Owondo, Line Lecland Mpoundji

21. Tasuma (2004)

90 min | Drama

A village elder veteran expecting his pension buys a mill on credit for the community, but the repeated requests ignored by the government bring back his fighting spirit.

Director: Kollo Sanou | Stars: Serge Henri, Aï Keïta, Besani Raoul Khalil, Noufou Ouédraogo

Votes: 54 | Gross: $0.00M

23. El Manara (2004)

90 min | Drama

El- Manara, is a brutally direct depiction of Algerian society during the rise of fundamentalist Islam, which was to give rise to civil war following the annulment of the 1991 elections, in... See full summary »

Director: Belkacem Hadjadj | Stars: Tarek Hadj Abdelhafid, Khaled Benaïssa, Farouk Boutadjine, Nacer Chenouf

Votes: 52

24. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Crime

55 Metascore

A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra

Votes: 2,493

25. Life on Earth (1998)

61 min | Comedy, Drama

In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Abderrahmane Sissako, Nana Baby, Mohamed Sissako, Bourama Coulibaly

Votes: 335

26. The Island of Contenda (1996)

110 min | Drama

Cape Verde, 1964. At the feet of a mighty volcano, the traditional Cape Verdean society is undergoing a steady change. The old land-owning aristocracy is disintegrating. A class of "... See full summary »

Director: Leão Lopes | Stars: Marina Albuquerque, Fernanda Alves, Camacho Costa, Luísa Cruz

Votes: 24

27. 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: 49,527 | Gross: $0.06M

28. Ahlam saghira (1994)

90 min | Drama, History

We see the developments in Egypt through the eyes of a twelve year old during the presidency of Nasser and the reactions on his step down after the Six Day War with Israel.

Director: Khaled El Hagar | Stars: Mervat Amin, Tamir Ashraf

Votes: 32

29. Mortu Nega (1988)

85 min | Drama, War

The story of a woman who searches through the country for her husband, a resistant, while the war for independence is raging. She finds him at last and saves his life. When peace finally ... See full summary »

Director: Flora Gomes | Stars: Bia Gomes, Tunu Eugenio Almada, Mamadu Uri Balde, Pedro da Silva

Votes: 46

30. Le certificat d'indigence (1983)

29 min | Short

A mother goes to the hospital to get treatment for her sick baby, but is repeatedly referred elsewhere.

Director: Moussa Bathily | Stars: Gueye, Marguerite Thiam

31. 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

32. Have You Heard From Johannesburg (2010)

Documentary, History

The cinematic history of the worldwide effort to destroy South African apartheid, a story that has never been told before in any medium. An epic 7-film history on how a violent, racist, ... See full summary »

Director: Connie Field | Star: Alfre Woodard

Votes: 10

33. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 25,709 | Gross: $8.32M

34. Virgin Margarida (2012)

90 min | Drama

1975, Mozambique's rebirth as an independent nation. The young revolution sweeps the streets of Maputo clean of prostitutes and bad habits. The prostitutes are sent to re-education camps ... See full summary »

Director: Licínio Azevedo | Stars: Iva Mugalela, Hermelinda Cimela, Sumeia Maculuva, Rosa Mario

Votes: 90

35. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director: Biyi Bandele | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,688 | Gross: $0.05M

36. Finding Fela! (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, History

64 Metascore

A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti

Votes: 660

37. Death Metal Angola (2012)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Music, War

68 Metascore

DEATH METAL ANGOLA follows a loving Angolan couple, Sonia and Wilker, whose love for death metal music is bringing hope to the town and children of Huambo, and Angola as a country. The ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Xido | Stars: Sonia Ferreira, Wilker Flores

Votes: 82 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Good Fortune (2009)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

Through intimate portraits of three individuals living in the poorest areas of Kenya, Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.

Director: Landon Van Soest

Votes: 35

40. 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

41. The Supreme Price (2014)

75 min | Documentary, History, War

78 Metascore

Documentary about women's rights in Nigeria.

Director: Joanna Lipper | Star: Hafsat Abiola

Votes: 15

42. We Come as Friends (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed ... See full summary »

Director: Hubert Sauper

Votes: 634

43. October 1 (2014)

PG-13 | 148 min | Thriller

As Nigeria prepares for independence from the British in 1960, a seasoned police detective rushes to find the serial killer slaughtering its native young women.

Director: Kunle Afolayan | Stars: Sadiq Daba, Kayode Aderupoko, Ademola Adedoyin, David Bailie

Votes: 289

44. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, War

79 Metascore

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote

Votes: 68,538 | Gross: $0.08M

45. Living with Corruption (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary

In this eye-opening film, the award-winning African journalist Sorious Samura reveals how corruption has become normal and accepted in Africa - it is one of the root causes of Africa's many... See full summary »

Director: Elizabeth Jones | Star: Sorious Samura

46. Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (2006)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary film about Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso. Sankara was known as "the African Che", and became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his devastating humor, his spirit and his altruism.

Director: Robin Shuffield | Star: Thomas Sankara

Votes: 70

47. Independência (2015)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1