The world cup is around the corner and if you’re like me then you’re rooting for your fellow Africans and for everyone that’s black. Though if you are like me then chances are you’re really not a sporting person, so you could care less about the soccer world cup.
Don’t worry I’m here for you and I’ve compiled a top five list of movies from the five African countries competing in the world cup.
Without further notice here we go;
#5. Beauty and the Dogs (Tunisia)
This 2017 feature directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, follows a young woman who is raped by cops after a night of partying ends up going on a very painful journey of fighting for her rights and trying to get justice for what was done to her. Thematically heavy and dealing with a very serious subject matter that needs to be discussed more in cinema as a whole.
#4. Razzia (Morocco)
Razzia was Morocco’s entry for the 90th annual Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film has an emotion that will make you root for the characters to overcome their obstacles. Boasting brilliant performances and a strong script, Razzia is a gem, because everyone loves a love story found in hopeless places.
#3. Touki Bouk (Senegal)
Can somebody say classic? Because that’s exactly what this 1973 film is. Following two lovers who decide to flee from Dakar to Paris, the film has gone on to become an African classic that should be taught in film schools around the country. Martin Scorsese hailed Touki Bouki as “something else again… A cinematic poem made with a raw, wild energy… Touki Bouki explodes one image at a time.”
#2. Qalb el-Asad (Egypt)
In the mood for action? Then this perfect for you directed by Karim El Sobky. Catch this Egyptian action-thriller that’s sure to keep you entertained until the titles role. The aesthetics are Hollywood-esque and like any actioner, you’re always rooting for the hero to kick some butt while discovering that he might not be such a bad person after all.
#1. The Figurine: Araromire (Nigeria)
The Figurine: Araromire is a 2009 feature directed by Kunle Afolayan. The film is a genre bender and follows two friends who discover an ancient artifact that grants seven years of good luck, the two friends use this to their advantage as they become successful but unknown to them is that the artifact also grants seven years of bad luck, once the good luck is done. Once the seven years of bad begin the film kicks it into high gear, with a brilliant story and pictures, this film is a must-see for everyone.
Broaden your horizons by watching more African cinema and see what other countries are doing and you’ll notice how amazing they’re doing. The future of cinema is Africa and the rest of world will soon catch up. Goodluck to every African team in the World Cup, hopefully, the Nigerian team prove the hype is beyond the jersey.
Written By Linda Radebe.