5 Films for an African Movie Night
Are you getting bored at home?
The Lion King (1994 and 2019
Whether you prefer 1994 original or the star-studded remake, both are big crowd-pleasers! We’re sure you’ve already seen both multiple times, but they’re the kind of films you can watch over and over…and over!
The original, released in 1994, is charming, inventive, and imaginative. And so timeless, it has the same impact on us as it did all those years ago.
25 years later, Disney remade the classic, featuring a host of A-list actors and impressive CGI. It is simply a beautifully made movie, almost like watching the best nature documentary ever made! The script and songs are essentially identical to the original, so you will be sure to be singing along with the kids!
Gun Runners (2016)
This feature length documentary follows two Kenyan runners—Julius Arile and Robert Matanda—who put aside their life as countryside warriors to focus on the sport.
It shows how Kenyan runners go from poverty to reaching local and national fame in the sport. But it also displays just how hard it is to make it big in a country full of talented runners. An inspirational tale about overcoming adversity.
This Disney Nature feature is the charming story of Oscar, a baby chimpanzee is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack from a rival group of chimpanzees. Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own, and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles, until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.
Beautifully shot and a very sweet story.
Gorillas In The Mist (1988)
Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, in this true story about Fossey's study of gorillas, and her efforts to stop the decimation of the endangered apes.
Set and filmed in the stunning volcanic ranges in between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, this film is an inspiring tale of one woman’s fight to save the beautiful mountain gorillas.
It is said that their survival today is solely down to her efforts, and the Dian Fossey Wildlife Fund is still going strong today!
A heartwarming documentary tale about the inspirational conservationist Jane Goodall.
Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane's early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo Van Lawick, and of course, the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study
Tsotsi is an inspiring story set in Johannesburg, South Africa. A small-time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life.
After he finds himself having to care for a newborn baby, the next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen.
Tsotsi won the 2006 Oscar award for best foreign-language film.
White Waters (2007)
White Waters is the story of a disadvantaged boy in Nigeria who is discovered as a gifted runner. It’s about achieving something from nothing… you’ll cry, laugh, cheer, get angry AND get encouraged...so many emotions but definitely worth it!
The film received 12 nominations and won four awards at the 4th African Movie Academy Awards including winning Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Actress award in a Supporting Role for Joke Silva.
The cinematography is beautiful. Izu Ojukwu, the director, could well be one of the best cinematographers in Nigeria. The authentic music is like honey in your ears, and actor O.C. Ukeje is absolutely sensational. Well worth a watch!