5 Best Movies About Africa

Saturday, March 19 by Charlene Masona

There are various movies made about Africa that go unacknowledged every year, but here is a list of the 5 best movies about Africa. If you haven’t seen these movies, they are a must-see and will hopefully give more insight on Africa and its natural beauty, history and problems faced by countries within the continent.

  1. “Cry Freedom” (1987) This movie was set in the late '70s in South Africa during the apartheid. The movie, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Denzel Washington, is about the real-life events of Steve Biko and Donald Woods, chief editor of a liberal newspaper in South Africa. Biko is banned from speaking out against the apartheid, but fails to listen to the orders and is arrested. While under police custody, he dies. In an attempt to reveal the circumstances surrounding Biko’s death and protect his family, Woods flees the country and writes a book entitled “Biko,” exposing the police involvement in Biko’s death. A very moving movie which highlights the political corruption and oppression South Africa faced during the apartheid.
  2. “Blood Diamond” (2006) “Blood Diamond” is a movie about the illegal diamond trade in Sierra Leone. Nominated for five Academy Awards, the movie follows Danny Archer (DiCaprio), a white South African mercenary who gets involved in the trade of diamonds known as blood or conflict diamonds. Archer meets Solomon Vandy, a local fisherman played by Djimon Hounsou on the search for his son who was abducted into the child soldier regime. The movie sheds light to the modern day post-colonialism, political unrest and child soldiers within Sierra Leone in the '90s.
  3. “The Last King of Scotland” (2006) This movie tells the story of the inhuman activities of dictator Idi Amin, the former president of Uganda between 1971 and 1979. Directed by Kevin McDonald and filmed in Uganda and the UK, the movie tells of a young Scottish doctor who becomes Amin’s personal physician. The doctor learns of Amin’s activities and the carnage he is bringing to the people of Uganda and faces a moral dilemma on what to do. With the Oscar-winning performance by Whitaker as Amin, this is a great, loosely based movie on real life events in Africa.
  4. “Hotel Rwanda” (2004) There has been quite a few movies which highlight the tragic 1994 events in Rwanda, but this movie is by far the best. Based on the true story of hotel manage Paul Rusesabagina who saves thousands of people during the genocide in Rwanda by giving them refuge in his hotel. Over a million men, women and children were killed because they belonged to the wrong ethnic group. The movie shed light on the genocide, political corruption and exalted a truly remarkable man.
  5. “Invictus” (2009) South Africa is the most developed country in Africa; however, it took decades for the country to get to where it is today. “Invictus” is the biographical movie which tells the inspirational story of newly elected President Nelson Mandela and how he used South Africa’s rugby team to bring the country together, encouraging them to overcome segregation and mark an end to the apartheid. “Invictus” was directed by Clint Eastwood and stared Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team.
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