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Top List for Great Films in Africa

Invictus

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

zombiebloghotelrwandaposterHotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George based on real life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994. The film stars Don Cheadle as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who attempts to rescue his fellow citizens from the ravages of the Rwandan Genocide, and has been called an African Schindler’s List. It documents Rusesabagina’s acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees, by granting them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines.

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Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) has just finished medical school and decides to go out into the world in search of adventure. He randomly picks Uganda, arriving on the heels of a political coup; the new leader takes a shine to the young man and appoints him the presidential physician. Nicholas is a fictional character. Unfortunately, the man who becomes his boss—General Idi Amin—is not, and the self-declared African king would earn a spot in the dictator hall of fame after killing more than 300,000 of his countrymen. As played by Forest Whitaker, Amin is all belly laughs and bear hugs, until something, anything, triggers a mood swing. Then the monster beneath the jovial surface emerges, and all hell breaks loose.

Blood-DiamondBlood Diamond

The movie is set in Sierra Leone during the chaotic 1990’s when the country was in the midst of a civil war. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a South African mercenary who teams up with Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) a local fisherman looking for his son who has been abducted by rebels. The two are looking for a diamond that will change their lives for ever. They are followed by an American reporter (Jennifer Connelly) trying to tell the story about conflict diamonds and the part they have played in fuelling one of the most brutal civil wars the world has ever seen. This is a movie that won’t disappoint.

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Out of Africa

If you are planning an East African safari and you want to get in the mood, this is a good movie to watch. The scenery is spectacular, the acting is great (Meryl Streep and Robert Redford) and it’s very romantic. This movie has proved to be one of Kenya’s most effective marketing tools.

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The Lion King

ries sometimes gets him into trouble.Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his bounda

 

the-constant-gardener-originalThe Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener is about a recent widower who searches for the reasons behind his young wife’s murder. The film is set in Kenya and is based on a novel by John le Carre. It’s a murder mystery involving corrupt pharmaceutical companies trying to use poor Africans as guinea pigs for their latest drugs, and British diplomats turning a blind eye in order to save face. The main actors Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé and Bill Nighy are all excellent.

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