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The 11 Best African Movies on Netflix


We reveal the top African movies on Netflix for 2020, with film across genres like comedy and thriller, and from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, South...

Review: Egypt’s First Animated Feature “The Knight and the Princess” Champions Arab Storytelling


"The Knight and the Princess" offers entertaining storytelling and a win for Arab representation in global animated cinema.

Review: Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” Depicts Love Amid Desperation and Mysticism


Mati Diop’s stunningly assured debut feature “Atlantics” documents a generation of Senegalese in need of escape.

Review: “Cairo Station” Offers A Startlingly Prophetic Look At Toxic Masculinity


1958 Egyptian classic “Cairo Station” provides an unflinching examination of psychosexual mental illness and gender-based crime.

The 11 Best Global Pandemic Movies


Locked down during coronavirus? Tired of Hollywood? Check out these top international pandemic movies, streaming links included.

Review: “Sakawa” Documents Ghana’s Internet Romance Scammers


Ben Asamoah’s debut feature "Sakawa" is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that shows the hustle of Ghana's internet romance scammers.

Review: Tunisia’s “Un Fils” Spotlights A Marriage and Country In Crisis


Director Mehdi Barsaoui's "Un Fils" ("A Son") explores gender dynamics, healthcare, and a crumbling family in the wake of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution.

Review: Jamaica’s “Rockers” Is A Celebration of Black Music, Culture, and Camaraderie


"Rockers" refuses to indulge in common stereotypes about Jamaica, and offers a celebration of reggae that peers into the island nation's soul.

Review: “Another Day Of Life” Vibrantly Relives Angola’s Civil War


Based on Ryszard Kapuściński’s eponymous book, “Another Day of Life” blends animation and documentary to vividly relive history.

Review: “Rafiki” Beautifully Defies Conservative Kenya on Homosexuality


Director Wanuri Kahiu blends dazzling colors and Africa's vibrancy to tell an optimistic story of love

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