Guide to African Cinema

by PeacefulAnarchy | created - 03 Mar 2012 | updated - 03 Mar 2012 | Public

Films featured in Sharon A. Russell's book Guide to African Cinema, in alphabetical order. http://www.amazon.ca/Guide-African-Cinema-Sharon-Russell/dp/0313296219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330743642&sr=1-1

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1. 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: 84

2. 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: 26

3. 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: 44

4. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 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, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 47,511 | Gross: $0.06M

5. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 411

6. 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: 614

7. Dilemma (II) (1962)

89 min | Drama

Around 1960, Englishman Toby Hood comes to Johannesburg in order to run a publishing company. He is open minded, and befriends people with different social ranks. The harsh realities of society force him to make a choice as to friendships.

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Ivan Jackson, Evelyn Frank, Marijke Mann, Zakes Mokae

Votes: 74

8. Emitaï (1971)

103 min | Drama

As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Andongo Diabon, Robert Fontaine, Michel Renaudeau, Ousmane Camara

Votes: 211

9. Everyone's Child (1996)

90 min | Drama

Two teens, Tamari and Itai, are impoverished following the death of their parents when their uncle takes their plow which they need to feed themselves. While their preoccupied neighbors in ... See full summary »

Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga | Stars: Elizjah Madzikatire, Nomsa L. Mlambo, Walter Muparutsa, Killness Nyati

Votes: 49

10. Fary l'anesse (1990)

17 min | Short

A man in the pursuit of the "perfect" woman, ends up with something quite different than what he bargained for.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Stars: Dienaba Diallo, Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Amy Fall, Daouda Lam

Votes: 27

11. Women with Open Eyes (1994)

52 min | Documentary

Portraits of contemporary African women from four West African nations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin.

Director: Anne-Laure Folly

Votes: 35

12. Finzan (1989)

107 min | Drama

Two women rebel against the traditions of a village society.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Oumar Namory Keita, Koti, Bala Moussa, Diarrah Sanogo

Votes: 40

13. 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: 207

14. Gito, l'ingrat (1992)

90 min

Gito is a young African intellectual returning home from France with numerous academic degrees and ministerial ambitions. Gradually his ambitions are crushed by the daily realities of his ... See full summary »

Director: Léonce Ngabo | Stars: Joseph Kumbela, Marie Bunel, Aoua Sangare, Eric Depreter

Votes: 25

15. Le grand blanc de Lambaréné (1995)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Like FRANTZ FANON... See full summary »

Director: Bassek Ba Kobhio | Stars: André Wilms, Marisa Berenson, Alex Descas, Elizabeth Bourgine

Votes: 41

16. Guelwaar (1992)

115 min | Drama

Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Abou Camara, Marie Augustine Diatta, Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Moustapha Diop

Votes: 272 | Gross: $0.06M

17. Guimba the Tyrant (1995)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Documents the rise and fall of a cruel and despotic village chief Guimba, and his son Jangine in a fictional village in the Sahel of Mali.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Habib Dembélé, Lamine Diallo, Maimouna Hélène Diarra

Votes: 187

18. Hyenas (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: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf, Calgou Fall

Votes: 702 | Gross: $0.02M

19. The Line (1994 TV Movie)

150 min | Thriller

A young ANC activist and poet from Soweto is the sole witness to a brutal train massacre by an Inkathia militant.

Director: Brian Tilley | Stars: Vusi Kunene, Grace Mahlaba, Ramolao Makhene, Ian Roberts

Votes: 12

20. Jit (1990)

98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A young African man must try every trick in the book in this attempts to win the heart of the most beautiful girl in his village.

Director: Michael Raeburn | Stars: Dominic Makuwachuma, Sibongile Nene, Farai Sevenzo, Winnie Ndemera

Votes: 69

21. Keita! L'héritage du griot (1996)

94 min | Drama, Fantasy

A storyteller named Djeliba comes to the town of a young boy named Mabo with promises that he will reveal the origin of the boy's ancestry.

Director: Dani Kouyaté | Stars: Seydou Boro, Hamed Dicko, Abdoulaye Komboudri, Sotigui Kouyaté

Votes: 133

22. 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: 105

23. Neria (1993)

103 min | Drama

A classic African film that has struck a nerve that runs across the continent, with an original soundtrack and supporting performance by Zimbabwe's legendary World Music sensation, Oliver Mtukudzi.

Director: Godwin Mawuru | Stars: Kubi Chaza, Anthony Chinyanga, Dominic Kanaventi, Manyika Kangai

Votes: 58

24. 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: 2,680

25. Picc mi (1992)

20 min | Short

Follows the story of two young boys and their adventure through the streets of Africa.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Star: Youssou N'Dour

Votes: 59

26. Quartier Mozart (1992)

80 min | Comedy

A young girl crosses paths with a witch who has the power to satisfy her curiosity about men by changing her into one.

Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo | Stars: Pauline Andela, Jimmy Biyona, Essindi Mindja, Sandrine Ola'a

Votes: 68

27. Ramparts of Clay (1970)

GP | 87 min | Drama

In an Algerian village, the workers of a salt mine go on strike because of low wages. The owner calls the army to control the men, but a young woman cuts off the water to force the troops to retreat.

Director: Jean-Louis Bertuccelli | Stars: Leila Shenna, Kricheche, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Votes: 85

28. Saaraba (1988)

90 min

Tamsir returns to Senegal after 17 years in Europe. His uncle gives him a patronage job in Dakar, virtually without duties. He visits his family's village to see his parents, and there he ... See full summary »

Director: Amadou Saalum Seck

Votes: 30

29. 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: 139

30. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Amel Hedhili, Najia Ouerghi, Hind Sabri, Fatma Ben Saïdane

Votes: 793

31. Sango Malo (1990)

93 min | Drama

Sango Malo contrasts two views of education. The traditional headmaster represents a rigid, "Eurocentric." curriculum designed to produce docile colonial administrators. Malo, the radical ... See full summary »

Director: Bassek Ba Kobhio | Stars: Jeanne Abanda, Epaye Monny Akwa, Daniel Bakang, Lucie Bekono

Votes: 27

32. Fire! (1991)

100 min | Drama

A young forest ranger who sees that his work holds the key to the future of his country is disgusted at the short-sighted, money-grubbing ways of his superiors.

Director: Adama Drabo | Stars: Djeneba Diawara, Mamadou Fomba, Balla Moussa Keita, Diarrah Sanogo

Votes: 21

33. 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: 479

34. Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Magaye Niang, Myriam Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 1,983

35. 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: 67

36. The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992)

90 min | Drama

A beautiful, intelligent and flirtatious young girl, Yonta, is secretly in love with a friend of her parents, Vicente, a hero of the war of independence. Vicente is unaware of her passion ... See full summary »

Director: Flora Gomes | Stars: Jorge Quintino Biague, Marcelo Cabral, Jacquelina Camara, Rui Manuel da Costa

Votes: 98

37. Life Is Rosy (1987)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Benoît Lamy, Mweze Ngangura | Stars: Papa Wemba, Bibi Krubwa, Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia, Kanko Kasongo

Votes: 144

38. Faces of Women (1985)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

At a festival, a chorus of women sing and dance as two stories unfold. In a village, a young women with a jealous husband gives him something to be jealous about when his younger brother visits from the city.

Director: Désiré Ecaré | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Kouadou Brou, Albertine N'Guessan, Eugénie Cissé-Roland

Votes: 63

39. Wend Kuuni (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: 192

40. 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: 1,441

41. 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: 1,900

42. Zan Boko (1988)

95 min

In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member of the community involves the burial of the placenta. The space in which the placenta... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré | Stars: Mathias Bayili, Colette Kaboré, Joseph Nikiema, Gady Pafadnam

Votes: 59



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