Wed 27 Sep 2017, 14:06
Let's celebrate Africa! Stream these movies on Showmax today.
Showmax is home to some of the continent’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed films, including Kenya’s groundbreaking horror Kati Kati, Ghana’s period drama I Sing of a Well and our very own homegrown controversial thriller Of Good Report, and they’re all available for streaming or downloading through the Showmax app or on your connected DStv Explora.
Kati Kati: Kenya
Mbithi Masya’s multi-award-winning debut feature has just been chosen as Kenya’s contender for Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars next year. It’s about a young amnesiac who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma (Elsaphan Njora). As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati. The film has been screened at over 40 festivals globally, was named Best East African Film at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards, and has won a slew of international cinema awards.
Sinking Sands: Ghana
Ama K Ababrese won the Best Actress AMAA for her role in Sinking Sands. She plays Pabi, who is in a seemingly loving marriage until a domestic accident disfigures her husband Jimah. CNN included Sinking Sands as one of 10 Must-See African Movies of the 21st Century, and the film also took home the AMAA for Best Make-Up and four Ghana Movie Awards, including Best Picture.
Ties That Bind: Ghana
In Ties That Bind, Ababrese co-stars alongside Time 100 alumni and Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and four-time Image Award winner Kimberley Elise. They play women from different walks of life bound together by a similar pain: the loss of a child. The three women journey together to redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they renovate a dilapidated village clinic. The film won Best Diaspora Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.
I Sing of a Well: Ghana
Leila Djansi’s debut feature (she also wrote and directed Ties That Bind and Sinking Sands) is a period drama about Soraya and a hunter, Dume, betrothed to each other but threatened by slave raiders, the Mali Empire of Mansa Musa, and the unwanted attention of their prince. I Sing of a Well won the BAFTA Los Angeles’ 2011 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) Choice Prize, as well as AMAAs for Sound and Costume Design.
Of Good Report: South Africa
In a rural town, an introverted teacher becomes attracted to and starts having an affair with a student. Things quickly go bad in this tense South African film noir thriller. This film was slated to open the Durban Film Festival in 2014 but was banned before it got there, but was eventually unbanned and approved for viewers over the age of 16. It won five SAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director, and was nominated for awards at the Chicago International Film Festival and the London Film Festival too.
The Virgin Vegan (short film): South Africa
Unomalanga and the Witch (short film): South Africa
A friendship between a woman new in town and a woman scorned as a witch turns into something much deeper as they grow closer in this riveting drama.
The Groom’s Price (short film): South Africa
Meme wants her boyfriend of nine years to propose! But he can't afford the lobola yet, so she turns the tables and decides to pay a Groom's Price for him!
Moseto (short film): South Africa
Years after her mother was killed for being a witch, Fhulufhelo returns as an unknown woman to plot her revenge against the killers in this edge-of-your seat thriller.
God Grew Tired of US: USA
Not strictly an African movie, this documentary does deal with an African crisis: the Sudanese genocide. Find out how the Lost Boys of Sudan, who trekked across the African continent on foot, came to grips with living as refugees in the United States. Narrated by Nicole Kidman.
Die Wonderwerker: South Africa
Eugène Marais, well-known but enigmatic poet, arrives on the Van Rooyen farm on the verge of death. While he’s healing, he falls in love with teenaged Jane.
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