7 Movies to watch this Africa Day

It’s a day when Africans celebrate each other and themselves. A day to reminisce on the history of the continent, it’s diverse cultures and the various languages spoken in each country. 

Africa Day is a commemoration of the Organisation of African Unity. It was established to celebrate the liberation and freedom of African countries.

Some celebrate the day by wearing their traditional gear, some eat their favourite food from their countries and some by sharing the best of African literature.

You can also celebrate by watching African stories made by African film makers. 

We have a look at 7 movies that you can watch in celebration of being African this Africa Day.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

This movie follows the life of a 13-year-old boy who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from famine. His father works hard to maintain his poverty-stricken family. The movie embraces the Chewa language spoken in countries such as Malawi and Zambia.

Watch the trailer here: 

AZALI

The movie tells the story of Amina, a 14-year-old girl living in Northern Ghana. Her mother chooses to send her to work in Burkina Faso to make sure she doesn’t get married off to a much older man. But it doesn’t go as planned. Amina ends up in the hands of a child smuggling syndicate. She together with the other victims are rescued and sent to an orphanage for resettlement to their various homes but they decide to escape and journey their way to Accra in search of a better life. She ends up in the slums of Accra and must find ways to endure life as she struggles to find her way back home.

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Watch the trailer here:

Back of the Moon

This one is set in 1958 and Sophiatown gangster Badman prepares to fight to the death against police who plan to relocate his community to a township 15km outside the city. But his plans change when he encounters singer Eve Msomi. Badman refuses to face the bleak reality faced by black South Africans, and has decided that he will fight for his home.

Watch the trailer here:

The Train of Salt and Sugar

The movie follows a single train journey between Nampula and Malawi. The train covers 700 kilometres of sabotaged railway tracks through war-ravaged territories and ambushes are inevitable, forcing the government to provide a military escort. Commander Sete Maneiras, known as “Seven Ways”, leads the convoy with 50 soldiers to safeguard civilians and their precious cargo.

Watch the trailer here:

Like Cotton Twines

The movie follows an American volunteer teaching at a remote school in Africa as he tries to save one of his young students from a religious custom in which she will be offered as a slave to the gods. It tells the story of Tuigi a 13-year-old girl who is forced into sex slavery as payment for father’s mistakes. An American volunteer named Micah takes on tribal culture, religious customs, and the state itself in an effort to save her from her cruel fate.

Watch the trailer here:

Knuckle City 

Knuckle City follows the lives two brother with a history of boxing. The story is based in Mdatsane, Eastern Cape. The two brothers find themselves living different lives. One lives a life of crime while the other works hard to pursue a career in boxing. Mdantsane is known to have produced multiple boxing champions that have competed on international rings, the movie gives the viewer insight into the making of a champion.

Watch the trailer here:

Jerusalema

A petty crook builds a criminal empire in Johannesburg, but an escalating war with a drug lord and police pressure threaten to shut him down.

Source: https://www.news24.com/drum/celebs/news/7-movies-to-watch-this-africa-day-20210525

7 Movies to watch this Africa Day

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