Film & Television

Five African Movies to See This Weekend

Five African Movies to See This Weekend


We are not in the habit of sugar coating anything but we just go with the flow every now and then to keep you posted on what’s trending on the African movie and television scene. Asides the trending videos of Wizkid’s mother’s funeral, there are quite a number of movies you can watch this weekend. Since we have your attention, let’s get to it.



Kunle Afolayan- a household name in movie production in Nigeria- has directed Ijogbon.  This is the latest suspense thriller movie from his portfolio and done in collaboration with NETFLIX. The plot reveals the ordeal of four teenagers from a rural village in South West Nigeria who stumble upon a pouch of uncut diamonds but before long, others come looking for the bounty.


Breathing In

Breathing In is directed by Jaco Bouwer (Gaia) and is adapted from the South African play of the same name. The movie is set in 1901, South Africa against the backdrop of the Second Anglo-Boer War. A wounded General seeks refuge in the small home of a woman and her young daughter. As the hurt man settles in, he begins noticing strange things about the two women.




If you are in love with Kenyan movies, then you may want to check out Mvera by Daudi Anguka. The movie has been selected to represent Kenya for Best International Feature Film category at the 96th Academy Awards.


The English and Swahili-language film takes its name from its heroine Mvera, which in Swahili means ‘Blessing.’ The story is loosely inspired by one of Kenya’s independence activists, Mekatilili Wa Menza.


She embarks on a crusade against corrupt leadership in her coastal community outside Mombasa, when she uncovers an organ trafficking ring luring its victims with promises of work abroad.


Mtaa Yangu

A new Kenyan crime film Mtaa Yangu is screening at cinemas in Kenya. The action-filled film directed by Likale Washington Muyonga revolves around Kiprotich, a local gang leader and his gang members who harvest ‘tax’ from the locals. Residents of Mwiki Town take refuge and security from Gunner ’G’ – another crime lord. 


The Damned Don’t Cry

It’s a second feature film from the Morroccan-British director Fyzal Boulifa. The title “The Damned Don’t Cry” is culled for the 1950s American film, The Damned Don’t Cry. 


Set in the shabby outskirts of Morocco’s Casablanca and Tangiers, Boulifa’s film tells a mother-son story. The mother, Fatima Zahra, is a middle-aged sex worker whose chances of attracting men are dwindling. After surviving robbery and assault from a prospective customer, she ends up moving from one city to another with her son Selim. 


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