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5 Political films you need to know in the African Continent


The world is characterized by different aspects of everday life, throughout the past years and even in present wars have emerged, and they will still dominate in the next era. We live in a time of a political landscape, and different countries including had experienced the hardship times with the essence of the broad agendas of victimisation and fight for a liberal power.

The African continent became the biggest continent in the world to suffer from the oppression of minority groups, that colonolised the continent over the past years in centuries, and Africans were made slaves in the continent of their own birth. Certain incidents occurred, including of the massacres, hard labour and decolonisation. Millions of people Los their lives fighting for freedom and which at some parts of the continent, they haven’t experienced freedom and democracy in their counterparts. In numerous occasions, films were produced to reflect the incidences of the past, on how people were treated in the past.

This is a chronology of major films produced in South Africa or by the South African film industry . There may be an overlap, particularly between South African and foreign films which are sometimes co-produced; the list should attempt to document films which are either South African produced or strongly associated with South African culture.

Here we take a look at 5 political movies people need to watch and experience the essence of the past:

1. Kalushi-Solomon Mahlangu film: Kalushi is a South African film about Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu , a nineteen-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi , a ghetto township outside Pretoria in South Africa. He was was born in Pretoria on 10 July in 1956, the second son of Martha Mahlangu. His father left him in 1962, and from then on only saw him infrequently. His mother was a domestic worker and took sole responsibility for his upbringing. The film is based on a true story. It was directed by Mandla Dube, and directed by Leon Otto and Mandla Dube. The movie’s released date is the 10th March,2017.

2. Cry Freedom: The film was created and produced by Richard Attenborough, and it was released on the November 6, 1987. It’s primary location is in Zimbabwe and inKenya due to political turmoil in South Africa at the time of production. As a film showing mostly in limited cinematic release, it was nominated for multiple awards, including Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. It also won a number of awards including those from the Berlin International Film Festival and the British Academy Film Awards. Cry Freedom reveals the lives of both Stephen Biko who was assassinated by the then apartheid government and Donald Woods his friend who was a journalist.

3. Sarafina: Without no doubt, this is the first rated political movie in South Africa and in the African continent. At about 95% of South Africans have seen the movie except for the children underage who are restricted of viewing the movie due to extreme violence in the movie. Sarafina was produced in 1998 and release date came just after a year. This comes after South Africa acquired its first democracy in 1994. The movie was produced by Mbongeni Ngema, reflecting on the 1976 Soweto Uprising, in whereby school children were demonstrating against the Bantu education and surveillance of the white oppression.

4. The Upright Man- Thomas Sankara: Upright Man (French: Thomas Sankara, l’homme intègre ) is a 2006 documentary film about Thomas Sankara , former president of Burkina Faso . Sankara was known as “the African Che”, and became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his devastating humour, his spirit and his altruism. With a gun in one hand and Karl Marx ‘s works in the other, Sankara became president at the age of 34 and served from 1983 to 1987. He immediately set out to shake the foundations of the country that he renamed from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso,”Land of Upright Men.” More than a classic biography, this film sheds light on the impact that this man and his politic made on Burkina Faso and Africa in general. The man Sankara remains alive due to his charisma and legacy. The movie is based on a true story and portraying the life of Thomas Sankara. It was produced by Robin Shuffield in France. The release date is of 2006.

5. Winnie Mandela: Winnie Mandela is a 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Wendy Crewson, Elias Koteas, and Justin Strydom. Release date of the film is 2011, it was produced by Michael Mosca and T.D Jakes.


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