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Africa Challenge (Official, February 2020)

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Post by blocho » February 21st, 2020, 2:29 am

Given the current pace, whoever wins will probably end with 40-50 points. The last challenge in which the winner had less than 50 points was Latin America in February 2018.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » February 21st, 2020, 4:15 am

(Screenshots from 'The Demon' and 'Happy Ending')

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06. 'The Demon' / 1979, Percival Rubens / 7/10 / South Africa
07. 'The Figurine: Araromire' / 2009, Kunle Afolayan / 5/10 / Nigeria
08. 'Ayanda and the Mechanic' / 2015, Sara Blecher / 6.5/10 / South Africa
09. 'Happy Ending' / 2016, Serah Ogechi Onyeachor / 6/10 / Nigeria
10. '10 Days in Sun City' / 2017, Adze Ugah / 3/10 / South Africa | Nigeria

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Post by sol » February 21st, 2020, 1:49 pm

blocho wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 1:13 am
Bonus Challenge #1: Travel the Continent
Jdidaco, unsurprisingly, is leading this challenge, having visited 20 countries. Mario is second with 15 countries and blueboybob third with 11 countries. Overall, participants have seen movies from 35 of the 57 eligible countries/territories. Senegal and Egypt are the most popular countries with 14 points each, while South Africa is third with 11 (not including shorts). The following countries have not been visited yet:
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Angola
Benin
CAR
Republic of Congo
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Gambia
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mayotte
Reunion
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Western Sahara
Thanks again for the stats. ;) At the end, would you be able to provide a full breakdown of number of watches per country? Could be interesting.

For areas not yet traveled to, I have some stuff from Lesotho and Malawi lined up, so give me 24 hours and we can knock those off the list too. :thumbsup:
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#124

Post by sol » February 21st, 2020, 1:52 pm

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe

16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda

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From the abrupt ending to the murky plot (jokey voice-over narration sometimes contradicting the actual dialogue), this film hardly spins an airtight or satisfying narrative. The acting is also pretty amateurish, and yet the energy and enthusiasm from all concerned is impossible to deny. The film has some genuinely well choreographed kung fu action scenes too and while the gore splatter special effects are distractingly fake, the explosions are fun.
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Post by sol » February 21st, 2020, 3:05 pm

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda

17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho

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The plot here involves an immigrant who has trouble understanding why his wife and teenage son are so strongly and vocally opposed to apartheid. The whole thing is very decently acted, especially by Kessie Govender as the conflicted male protagonist. The agenda is really obvious though (don't turn a blind eye to any form of racism), the ending is abrupt, and clocking in at less than one hour, the film has limited chance to explore its characters.
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#126

Post by blocho » February 21st, 2020, 8:31 pm

sol wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 1:49 pm
At the end, would you be able to provide a full breakdown of number of watches per country? Could be interesting.
Sure, no problem. Remind me if I forget.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 21st, 2020, 8:35 pm

24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon

*not on IMDb

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#128

Post by blocho » February 21st, 2020, 8:45 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 8:35 pm
24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon

*not on IMDb
Which Congo?

Also, as stated in the rules, I can only give credit in bonus challenge #1 based on a movie's imdb listing. So while your listings will count in the main challenge, they will not count in the bonus challenge if they do not have an imdb page. And some of the movies you listed for South Sudan are listed as Sudan on imdb. Sorry to be a stickler about this.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 21st, 2020, 9:08 pm

Which Congo?

Also, as stated in the rules, I can only give credit in bonus challenge #1 based on a movie's imdb listing. So while your listings will count in the main challenge, they will not count in the bonus challenge if they do not have an imdb page. And some of the movies you listed for South Sudan are listed as Sudan on imdb. Sorry to be a stickler about this.
Congo Brazzaville. I must note that 90% of its imdb entries are actually DR Congo; I discovered that by checking the production companies' headquarters, as well as director's nationalities (also using Wikipedia as a source).

South Sudan is not added as a country on IMDb; but it was easy to differ it from the "old" Sudan where names are Islamic, while the south is Christian (I just skipped all titles which had Muslim directors, who are vast majority).

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Post by blocho » February 21st, 2020, 9:18 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 9:08 pm
Which Congo?

Also, as stated in the rules, I can only give credit in bonus challenge #1 based on a movie's imdb listing. So while your listings will count in the main challenge, they will not count in the bonus challenge if they do not have an imdb page. And some of the movies you listed for South Sudan are listed as Sudan on imdb. Sorry to be a stickler about this.
South Sudan is not added as a country on IMDb; but it was easy to differ it from the "old" Sudan where names are Islamic, while the south is Christian (I just skipped all titles which had Muslim directors, who are vast majority).
Fair enough. I had no idea that imdb doesn't list South Sudan.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 21st, 2020, 9:22 pm

Fair enough. I had no idea that imdb doesn't list South Sudan.
Are you gonna count these minor countries for ticking them off, at least? It's difficult to find anything from them and we're trying to conquer the continent here.

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Post by blocho » February 21st, 2020, 10:32 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 9:22 pm
Fair enough. I had no idea that imdb doesn't list South Sudan.
Are you gonna count these minor countries for ticking them off, at least? It's difficult to find anything from them and we're trying to conquer the continent here.
Alas, no for the bonus challenge if they don't have an imdb listing. They will be counted for the main challenge. I just don't want to change rules halfway through the challenge. I'm happy to change this rule going forward for future challenges.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 22nd, 2020, 12:27 am

blocho wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 10:32 pm
Mario Gaborović wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 9:22 pm
Fair enough. I had no idea that imdb doesn't list South Sudan.
Are you gonna count these minor countries for ticking them off, at least? It's difficult to find anything from them and we're trying to conquer the continent here.
Alas, no for the bonus challenge if they don't have an imdb listing. They will be counted for the main challenge. I just don't want to change rules halfway through the challenge. I'm happy to change this rule going forward for future challenges.
This (and laziness) are why I include shorts the same as features in bonus challenge stuff relating to traveling to X many countries.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 22nd, 2020, 12:29 am

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1. The Accidental Spy (2017, Nigeria)
2. Allah Tantou (1992, Guinea)
3. Women with Open Eyes (1994, Togo)
4. Le Franc (1994, Senegal)
A sweet fun story - didn't quite move me in any appreciable way, but I really enjoyed the experience. Simply watching the guy carry the door was hilarious.

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Post by sol » February 22nd, 2020, 2:57 am

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda
17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho

18. Deep Roots Malawi (2011) Malawi

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The music makes for great listening as one might expect here, but the musical instruments themselves are unexpectedly intriguing. With no dedicated shops, all instruments are either imported from neighbouring countries - or more commonly, made from leftovers, plants/trees and junk. It is quite amazing how great the sounds coming from all the oil canister guitars are. We are also shown a traditional routine involving hidden identity dancers.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 22nd, 2020, 4:59 pm

27. Shabab emraa (1956) - Egypt

Easily the best flick I've seen in this challenge.

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon
24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte

*not on IMDb

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Post by jeroeno » February 23rd, 2020, 7:47 am

08. Tokoloshe-The Calling (South Africa, 2020)
09. Hors La Loi (Algeria, 2010)

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Post by OldAle1 » February 23rd, 2020, 3:53 pm

1. Atlantique / Atlantics (Mati Diop, 2019, France/SENEGAL/Belgium

Definitely one of my favorite narrative strategies is the kind where a film starts off in one genre or place, seems like it's going to stick with it - in this case it's a low-key romantic drama set in Dakar about a young woman in love with a construction worker but promised to a rich capitalist of some kind, and her struggles with family and with deciding what to do, that eventually takes a supernatural direction after the construction worker and his friends take a ship to Spain in search of opportunity but are apparently lost...and then found again, under unusual circumstances. I don't want to spoil what happens here, it certainly surprised me and I have to say at first it didn't really work - and I still think that I'm missing some cultural connection involving ghosts and spirits and such - but eventually I figured out what was going on, more or less, and why. Really well done, visually striking, and terrific use of music.

2. North African shorts 25+17+23= 65m

a) Brotherhood (Meryam Joobeur, 2018, TUNISIA/Canada/Qatar/Sweden)
Cinema, part of the Oscar shorts series. Pretty grim piece about an ISIS fighter returning home to Tunisia and not being particularly welcomed by his father. Nicely shot - colorful yet dark and moody throughout.

b) Nefta Football Club (Yves Piat, 2018, France/TUNISIA/ALGERIA)
Cinema, part of the Oscar shorts series. The only purely comic short in this group, about what happens when a couple of kids near the Algeria/Tunisia border attain accidental possession of a lot of white powder, with the younger kid thinking it's laundry detergent...this was my favorite, maybe mostly because I wanted some laughs at this point.

c) Yed Ellouh / Wooden Hand (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2013, TUNISIA/France)
I've seen Ben Hania's feature Aala Kaf Ifrit, a disturbing and dark picture of righteous feminist anger involving what happens to a young woman who just wants to go out to a party in a society where anything that happens to her will automatically be judged entirely her fault; this is a very different piece, a short and not-so-serious sketch, though it's certainly also a feminist work. A young girl who doesn't like the religious school she's forced to go to resorts to an extreme means - gluing herself to an old chair at home - to avoid it, with comic results. Like the feature this shows Ben Hania's beautiful use of color and contrast, and while it doesn't add up to a whole lot, I'm eager to see more.

3. Who Killed Captain Alex? (Nabwana I.G.G., 2010, UGANDA)

Lots of people have written about this in the past, and sol gets at what the appeal is fairly well in this thread - super-cheap amateur production, with a voice-over "Video Joker" narration commenting on the action at various times but not exactly in an MST3K way - in fact it's hard to tell whether the Joker actually believes this is a "supa action" film or is just having us on. The digital blood may be the most fake I've ever seen, and most of the action sequences are hilariously inept, and the plot is fairly incomprehensible yet simple at the same time. I don't know if this is in the so-bad-it's-good category or what, and it's probably not something I enjoyed enough to watch repeatedly like some folks do, but it's something and worth at least one look for fans of "outsider" cinema.

4. Hors la loi / Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010, France/ALGERIA/Belgium/TUNISIA/Italy)

Long, mostly interesting and successful drama about a family - particularly three brothers - that struggles against French colonial repression, and eventually for independence, over the four decades beginning in 1925 when their land is taken away and given to a colonist. It has some very predictable elements - one brother is an early convert to the FLN, the radical "terrorist" group pushing hard for independence as early as the end of WWII; another becomes a soldier in Indochina and has a slower conversion to the independence movement - and is the only brother to marry, and the third is a self-absorbed capitalist intent on his growing career as first a pimp then a boxing promoter. You can probably guess the directions these three will go in in the last third of the film, and which of them is likely to survive, a changed man. But it's all quite well done and got me more interested into delving further into this area of 20th century history, which the French themselves of course would rather forget; it's only in relatively recent years that a film like this could even get released in France. I have (shockingly) only seen one Oscar Best Foreign Film nominee for this year, Incendies, and I liked that less.

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Post by Cinepolis » February 23rd, 2020, 5:37 pm

10. Atlantique (2019, Senegal) - 7/10
I went into this one expecting a straight-forward social drama and was in for a surprise. Some real nice camerawork, like the shots of the sun at the horizon and the kissing scene. The acting is very strong overall. I'm looking forward to other movies starring Mame Bineta Sane. The story however, I couldn't immediately connect to.
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1. Mueda, Memoria e Massacre (1981, Mozambique) - 6/10
2. La Vie Est Belle (1987, Zaire/DRC) - 6/10
3. Allah Tantou (1992, Guinea) - 8/10
4. Sarraounia (1986, Mauritania) - 8/10
5. Remparts d'argile (1970, Algeria) - 6/10
6. Touki-Bouki (1973, Senegal) - 7/10
7. Faat Kiné (2000, Senegal) - 7/10
8. Femmes aux yeux ouverts (1994, Togo) - 7/10
9. Gito, i'ingrat (1992, Burundi) - 7.5/10
10. Atlantique (2019, Senegal) - 7/10

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Post by blocho » February 23rd, 2020, 7:57 pm

NB: When people list more than one African country with a movie, I just pick the first one listed for the purpose of the bonus challenges.

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Post by blocho » February 23rd, 2020, 8:00 pm

6. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Malawi, 2019)
A decent coming-of-age story, based on a true story. I should note that the title alone makes the story very predictable, but that doesn't detract from the quality of the acting and filmmaking.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 23rd, 2020, 11:18 pm

African, but NOT AmericanShow
1. The Accidental Spy (2017, Nigeria)
2. Allah Tantou (1992, Guinea)
3. Women with Open Eyes (1994, Togo)
4. Le Franc (1994, Senegal)
5. Murder in the Cassava Patch (2012, Liberia)

A pretty cool mystery about a man arrested for his wife's murder who claims he's innocent. As the story develops, the mystery unfolds around what happened that night and the motives of people involved. Very interesting to see shots of Monrovia, and how the city life contrasts with folks living out in the country. Some nice stylistic elements here and there, too. Overall, a solid recommend - doesn't make my favorites list, but enjoyable and definitely worth a watch at 75 minutes.

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Post by sol » February 24th, 2020, 3:20 pm

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda
17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho
18. Deep Roots Malawi (2011) Malawi

19. The Boy Kumasenu (1952) Ghana

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This tale about a teenager from a small village who travels to the city with big dreams is very well acted by its native cast. The project is almost completely sunk though by some terrible children's storybook style narration with the narrator overemphasising choice words and putting on character voices - all of which stops the native cast members from having a voice in their own story. This creates a distancing effect too, making us outsiders.
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Post by sebby » February 24th, 2020, 3:58 pm

01 Darwin's Nightmare (2004) 5/10 Not Tanzania
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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 24th, 2020, 4:12 pm

28. Fatmah (1947) - Egypt
29. Fora (2009) + Moto Auto Ouaga (2009) + Ikimina cya njye: My Cooperative (2017) + The Fastest Woman in Africa (2016) + The Secret of Happiness (2017) - Rwanda
30. PAPRIZ Project (2013) - Madagascar + In Search of Hip Hop (2010) + Shokran, Toni (2012) + Sittana (2010) - Sudan
31. Talking About Trees (2011) - Sudan

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon
24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte
27. Shabab emraa (1956) - Egypt

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Post by OldAle1 » February 24th, 2020, 4:30 pm

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1. Atlantique / Atlantics (Mati Diop, 2019, France/SENEGAL/Belgium

2. North African shorts 25+17+23= 65m
a) Brotherhood (Meryam Joobeur, 2018, TUNISIA/Canada/Qatar/Sweden)
b) Nefta Football Club (Yves Piat, 2018, France/TUNISIA/ALGERIA)
c) Yed Ellouh / Wooden Hand (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2013, TUNISIA/France)

3. Who Killed Captain Alex? (Nabwana I.G.G., 2010, UGANDA)
4. Hors la loi / Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010, France/ALGERIA/Belgium/TUNISIA/Italy)
5. Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I Will Fleece You (Jean-Marie Téno, 1992, CAMEROON/France/Germany)

Pretty good documentary about the history of Cameroon from 1940s colonial days and WWII through the present, when the country is mired in the same problems that most African nations have had to face since independence - corruption in government, which maintains too-close ties to France, a public that wants to be educated and wants to get ahead but has few opportunities, shortages of basic necessities, etc. Some of this has a comedic, farcical tone and some scenes - like the interview with the publisher - strike me as likely staged re-enactments but they don't detract. This is one case though where the flitting from subject to subject - a long digression on libraries for example - gets in the way of understanding all the information, at least for me - but then this film was made for Cameroonians and people with more at stake in the subject I think.

6. Toula ou Le génie des eaux / Toula or the Water Spirit (Moustapha Alassane/Anna Soehring, 1974, NIGER/West Germany)

A fable about a village facing famine and drought in the early 20th century, turning to sacrifice and old mythologies about the water spirit (serpent) in the dried-up lake, and how to appease it. I like these sorts of folk-tale stories and this is very beautifully shot and nicely done all around apart from some of the quite amateur acting; it doesn't register as anything really special to me but it works as what it's intended to be, I'm guessing, and at about 75 minutes it doesn't overstay it's welcome given it's fairly simple and thin plot.

7. Mercenary Fighters (Riki Shelach Nissimoff, 1988, SOUTH AFRICA/United States)

Action from the 80s, right up my alley, and the first thing that pops onto the screen is

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so it's gotta be awesome!

Total asshole Peter Fonda recruits a group of mercs, including young, hunky blonde nice-guy Reb Brown and slightly older and smarter black chopper pilot Ron O'Neal (Superfly!) to help "anti-terrorist" Robert DoQui, the military leader of a fictional southern African country, as he tries to root out the anti-government forces in an area that's going to be flooded after a big dam project. If you can't see where this is going after, oh, 10 minutes, and see who the good guys and the bad guys will actually turn out to be, then dumb action movies are too smart for you, go back to your fucking Tarkovsky man. It's enjoyable schlock with a pretty heavy dose of gunfire-and-explosion type action and a few seriously laugh-out-loud moments like when
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the rebel leader, in his deathbed, essentially makes Brown the new leader of the tribe because he apparently sees something in him, despite Brown showing the intelligence and leadership ability of a headless chicken up to this point, and also having just slaughtered dozens of his men
. Made during the apartheid years when a lot of less-scrupulous low-budget companies went to S. Africa to film when it was cheap, this has mostly Americans in it's cast though the rebel leader is Henry Cele, a South African who probably gives the best performance here. Fonda and O'Neal are good in other films but they're sleepwalking here, and Brown is simply abominable, the poor man's Sam Jones and you really can't get any worse than that. He made a couple of other films in South Africa or Zimbabwe at the same time - check out the same year's Space Mutiny if you want a really solid so-bad-it's-good piece of work. This probably isn't funny enough to be in that category and is just run-of-the-mill crap overall.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 24th, 2020, 4:37 pm

sebby wrote:
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01 Darwin's Nightmare (2004) 5/10 Tanzania
Tanzania is not involved as production country.

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Post by sebby » February 24th, 2020, 4:53 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
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sebby wrote:
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01 Darwin's Nightmare (2004) 5/10 Tanzania
Tanzania is not involved as production country.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 24th, 2020, 5:47 pm

32. L'homme, il-est bon? (2011) + Escalade, école de la vie (2012) - Reunion + Samaki Mchangani (2014) + Black Head Cow (2017) + Harmonize: Kushoto Kulia (2019) + Harmonize: Uno (2019) + Rayvanny Feat. Diamond Platnumz: Tetema (2019) - Tanzania

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon
24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte
27. Shabab emraa (1956) - Egypt
28. Fatmah (1947) - Egypt
29. Fora (2009) + Moto Auto Ouaga (2009) + Ikimina cya njye: My Cooperative (2017) + The Fastest Woman in Africa (2016) + The Secret of Happiness (2017) - Rwanda
30. PAPRIZ Project (2013) - Madagascar + In Search of Hip Hop (2010) + Shokran, Toni (2012) + Sittana (2010) - Sudan
31. Talking About Trees (2011) - Sudan

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Post by flavo5000 » February 25th, 2020, 1:14 am

1. Indigènes a.k.a. Days of Glory (2006, Morocco/Algeria)
2. Hyènes (1992, Senegal)
3. Save My King (2012, Nigeria)


I also saw Shaft in Africa (1973). I'm assuming since it doesn't have an African production company, it doesn't count despite being filmed in and taking place in Ethiopia?

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Post by blocho » February 25th, 2020, 2:36 am

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I'm assuming since it doesn't have an African production company, it doesn't count despite being filmed in and taking place in Ethiopia?
Eligibility, as the rules indicate, are up to the discretion of the participants. So it's your choice. I just listed a movie with a British production company, but I thought it was OK because it was set and filmed in Malawi and featured mostly Malawian actors.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 25th, 2020, 2:48 am

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1. The Accidental Spy (2017, Nigeria)
2. Allah Tantou (1992, Guinea)
3. Women with Open Eyes (1994, Togo)
4. Le Franc (1994, Senegal)
5. Murder in the Cassava Patch (2012, Liberia)
6. Black Girl (1966, Senegal)

Well, that was not uplifting... :circle:

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Post by ororama » February 25th, 2020, 12:37 pm

In error.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » February 25th, 2020, 1:01 pm

(Screenshots from 'Phone Swap' and 'October 1')

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11. 'Phone Swap' / 2012, Kunle Afolayan / 6/10 / Nigeria
12. 'October 1' / 2014, Kunle Afolayan / 7 or 7.5/10 / Nigeria
13. 'Lotanna' / 2017, Toka McBaror / 5/10 / Nigeria
14. 'My Wife & I' / 2017, Bunmi Ajakaiye / 5/10 / Nigeria

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Post by sol » February 26th, 2020, 3:17 pm

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1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda
17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho
18. Deep Roots Malawi (2011) Malawi
19. The Boy Kumasenu (1952) Ghana

20. Viva la Muerte (1971) Tunisia

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This coming-of-age tale plays out as a blend of fantasy and reality as an adolescent boy tries to carry on a normal life after his father is executed. The film grows a little repetitive and some of the violent imagery feels inserted for shock value as opposed to being germane to the tale. It is easy though to appreciate the living, breathing nightmare vibe here with intense colour filters that mirror how out of place the suddenly fatherless protagonist feels.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » February 26th, 2020, 4:51 pm

33. Le secret de Chanda (2010) - South Africa
34. Inxeba (2017) - South Africa

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01. Debbas (2014) - Eritrea
02. Kandisha (2008) - Morocco
03. Jerusalema (2008) - South Africa
04. Zambezia (2012) - South Africa
05. You Must Be Joking! (1986) - South Africa
06. Chappie (2015) - South Africa
07. Atlantique (2019) - Senegal
08. Niaye (1964) + Et la neige n'était plus (1966) + Petite lumière (2003) - Senegal
09. Poko (1981) + Les écuelles (1983) + Issa le tisserand (1985) + Ouagadougou, ouaga deux roues (1985) - Burkina Faso
10. Bad Black (2016) - Uganda
11. De Voortrekkers (1916) - South Africa
12. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) - Kenya
13. Zohra (1922) + La fille de Carthage (1924) + Obsession (2010) + L'Mrayet (2012)* + Boulawled (2014) - Tunisia
14. Bisanvil (2005) + La rencontre (2012) + Project 51 (2015) + The Chain: Mauritius (2016) + Infinity (2019) - Mauritius
15. Looking for Iilonga (2011) + Dead River (2012) + Another Sunny Day (2017) + Oom Land (2017) - Namibia
16. Lionheart (2018) - Nigeria
17. Abuse (2008) + Bigger Plans (2008) + Home Free (2009) + Pigfoot (2010) + The Return of Old Man Kabura (2010) - Burundi
18. Zawgaty wal kalb (1971) - Egypt
19. Yam Daabo (1987) - Burkina Faso
20. The Burial of Kojo (2018) - Ghana
21. Fogata (1992) + The Ball (2003) + Tatana (2005) + Dina (2010) + Moshanyana (2013) + Os Pestinhas e o Ladrão de brinquedos (2013) - Mozambique
22. Angelo (2013) + Ba Ne Jek Mal (2014) + She (2017)* + Lost Boy in Juba (2018)* + The American Boy (2019)* + The Juba Lifestyle (2019)* + Yin Nhong Bal (2019)* - South Sudan
23. Clando (1996) - Cameroon
24. Forced Marriage (2018) - South Sudan
25. O Herói (2004) - Angola
26. Le dernier des Babingas (1990) - Congo + The Amazing Seychelles Islands... a Glimpse of Paradise! (2014)* - Seychelles + The Victim (2017)* - Gambia + Wassi (2019)* - Mayotte
27. Shabab emraa (1956) - Egypt
28. Fatmah (1947) - Egypt
29. Fora (2009) + Moto Auto Ouaga (2009) + Ikimina cya njye: My Cooperative (2017) + The Fastest Woman in Africa (2016) + The Secret of Happiness (2017) - Rwanda
30. PAPRIZ Project (2013) - Madagascar + In Search of Hip Hop (2010) + Shokran, Toni (2012) + Sittana (2010) - Sudan
31. Talking About Trees (2011) - Sudan
32. L'homme, il-est bon? (2011) + Escalade, école de la vie (2012) - Reunion + Samaki Mchangani (2014) + Black Head Cow (2017) + Harmonize: Kushoto Kulia (2019) + Harmonize: Uno (2019) + Rayvanny Feat. Diamond Platnumz: Tetema (2019) - Tanzania

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Post by sol » February 28th, 2020, 12:01 pm

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda
17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho
18. Deep Roots Malawi (2011) Malawi
19. The Boy Kumasenu (1952) Ghana
20. Viva la Muerte (1971) Tunisia

21. Ceddo (1977) Senegal

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Set in 17th century Senegal, this film tackles a fascinating subject as the story involves Christian and Islamic visitors to the region, with both factions trying to convert the locals, yet narrative is less encapsulating than the topic with almost the entire first quarter of the movie spent on the factions yelling back and forth at each other in an outdoor public court setting. There are some neat culture clash bits once the film warms up though.
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Post by blocho » February 29th, 2020, 2:59 am

7. Murder in the Cassava Patch (2012, Liberia)
Sadly, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Max did. Felt bored throughout. Had a decent score, though.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 29th, 2020, 3:48 am

blocho wrote:
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7. Murder in the Cassava Patch (2012, Liberia)
Sadly, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Max did. Felt bored throughout. Had a decent score, though.
That's fair - I think I liked it that much because my cousin was born there so it was cool to see where she came from.

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Post by sol » February 29th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Nowhere in AfricaShow
1. Neria (1991) Zimbabwe
2. Spud (2010) South Africa
3. Flame (1996) Zimbabwe
4. Hyenas (1992) Senegal
5. Yeelen (1987) Mali
6. Spud 2 (2013) South Africa
7. Spud 3 (2014) South Africa
8. The CEO (2016) Nigeria
9. Wend Kuuni (1982) Burkina Faso
10. Buud Yam (1997) Burkina Faso
11. Yellow Card (2000) Zimbabwe
12. Days of Glory (2006) Algeria
13. Prey (2007) South Africa
14. More Time (1993) Zimbabwe
15. The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003) Zimbabwe
16. Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010) Uganda
17. A Chip of Glass Ruby (1982) Lesotho
18. Deep Roots Malawi (2011) Malawi
19. The Boy Kumasenu (1952) Ghana
20. Viva la Muerte (1971) Tunisia
21. Ceddo (1977) Senegal

22. Tsotsi (2005) South Africa

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Presley Chweneyagae is excellent as a conflicted thug here who wants to care for a baby in his stolen car and give it a better upbringing than he had, and yet unable to do so without drawing attention to the fact that he has someone else's kid. The film gloriously succeeds in making its despicable and dislikeable protagonist into a sympathetic and three-dimensional human being by the end credits even if certain plot elements feel very convenient.

And that's it for me. What a great note to end this Challenge on. Thanks for hosting, blocho - and look forward to the final batch of stats! :)
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