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Collectively, these striking films provide a revelatory overview of a continent and a people who are emerging from a turbulent past into a bold and exciting new future. And whether their stories are set in a small and verdant village in Kenya, a shantytown in South Africa or an immigrant ghetto in modern-day London, they provide a wealth of cinematic riches – human stories that touch the heart and inspire the mind.


Africa United   

Africa United
United Kingdom, 2010, 87 min.
Two young Rwandan soccer players undertake the 3,000-mile trip to South Africa for the World Cup in this exuberant, hopeful and supremely entertaining road movie that, while not whitewashing the myriad problems faced by modern Africans, shows how fast things are changing.... more



Desert Flower   

Desert Flower
United Kingdom, 2010, 124 min.
Daughter of a Somali shepherd, Waris Dirie went on to become a top supermodel and a spokesperson against the ongoing genital mutilation of African women. Hormann’s gorgeous biopic of this inspiring woman is anchored by supermodel Liya Kebede’s quietly determined turn in the lead.... more



I Am Slave   

I Am Slave
United Kingdom, 2010, 82 min.
Powerful and shocking by turns, this drama of the modern-day slave trade features a soul-stirring performance from Wunmi Mosaku as a Sudanese woman sold into slavery who ends up “working” for a family in London without pay and while deprived of her passport.... more



Imani   

Imani
Uganda, 2009, 78 min.
In the course of just one day in contemporary Uganda, we venture into the seemingly unrelated lives of a child soldier, a maid, and a hip hop dancer. A refreshing snapshot of a country settling into a new national identity with richly drawn characters and vivid cinematography.... more



Kinshasa Symphony   

Kinshasa Symphony
Germany, 2010, 95 min.
A true ode to joy, this heartening, hopeful movie dispels European stereotypes about Africa. It shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. Winner, Audience Awar... more



The Last Lions   

The Last Lions
USA, 2011, 88 min.
Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. This cogent, beautifully filmed documentary makes a much-needed case for the protection of lions and “big cats” in general. A cri de coeur that is both timely and fascinating.... more



The Lazarus Effect   

The Lazarus Effect
32 min.
The recent availability of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs is transforming the lives of people with HIV/AIDS in Africa from near death to health in as little as three months. This stirring film, directed by Lance Bangs and executive produced by Spike Jonze, documents the life-changing effects that ARVs ... more



Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle   

Reconciliation: Mandela's Miracle
USA, 2010, 88 min.
An artful and inspiring documentary about how Nelson Mandela chose the wise path of reconciliation over revenge when he became president of South Africa. Director Wilson’s wide-ranging amalgam of historical footage and contemporary interviews shows how the “miracle” became a reality.... more



A Screaming Man   

A Screaming Man
Chad, 2010, 88 min.
Confirmed as one of Africa's preeminent film artists, Haroun returns to themes of family and loyalty in war-torn Chad. When proud hotel swimming pool attendant Adam loses his precious job to his own son, he makes a decision that he will forever regret. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festiva... more



Soul Boy   

Soul Boy
Kenya, 2010, 60 min.
A gentle coming-of-age story encompassing the diverse worlds of the Kenyan capital, combining traditional beliefs and contemporary problems into a narrative that's part fairy tale, part teaching tool.... more



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