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Friday – 4am

This weekly series puts a spotlight on the best films African Cinema has to offer by screening a variety of top quality movies from Africa and the Diaspora.

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Films

  • Rain
    When her grandmother dies, teenager Rain travels from her tiny island hometown to Nassau to find the mother she’s never known. What she discovers leads her down a path of reconciliation and hope in the form of her high school running coach. (CCH Pounder, Renel Brown).

  • The Lucky Specials
    The Lucky Specials are a small-time cover band in a dusty mining town in southern Africa. Mandla (Oros Mampofu) works as a miner by day, but is passionate about playing guitar and dreams of making it big in the music industry. When tragedy strikes, Mandla, his friend (Sivenathi Mabuya) and the band must find the strength to make their dreams reality.

  • Fighting for King and Empire
    Caribbean veterans of WWII tell their extraordinary stories with vivid first-hand testimony and rare archive footage, from torpedo attacks to the culture shock of being some of the only black people in wartime Britain. These men and women volunteered to join the fight against Hitler risking their lives for King and Empire.

  • Hard to Get
    Womanizer TK lives a simple life, until the wild Skiets enters his life taking him on a wild ride from the village to the shining City of Gold where their new-found love is tested in the Joburg underworld.

  • A Boy Called Twist
    Boy Called Twist is the harrowing tale of a South African street-kid's search for love, based on Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Growing up neglected in a rural orphanage, Twist escapes to the unpredictable freedom of Cape Town, where he falls in with Fagin's gang of street urchins. With a gritty honesty steeped in its vibrant characters, Boy called Twist superbly captures the contemporary equivalents of Dickens' seedy individuals as it shadows the timeless tale in its own inimitable style.

  • Flower Girl
    Kemi (DAMILOLA ADEGBITE) is dying to get married. Umar (CHRIS ATTOH) is dying to get ahead in his career. When their relationship hits troubled waters, Kemi seeks the help of movie superstar Tunde (CHUKS CHUKWUJEKWU) and they hatch a plan to get Kemi what she wants – but the plan doesn’t quite work out as they anticipate and soon they realise why people say love is a funny thing.

  • Lunchtime Heroes
    A group of students and an unwanted teacher must band together for the same goal of acceptance and ultimately lead to a triumph that surpasses their initial objectives.

  • Out of Luck
    Out of Luck’ follows the adventures of a young lottery operator whose life turns upside down when a local gangster insists that he pays out on a lottery he did not win.

  • When Love Happens
    A 28 year old event planner feels the clock ticking on her chances of getting married. With a friend getting engaged and being tasked to handle the wedding, she starts online dating and a VLog of her journey. After many dates, she may finally have a real chance at love.

  • The Other Woman
    A film about COMPASSION Refilwe, a high flying executive in the glitzy world of advertising, is challenged to show compassion to a woman who is in desperate need, yet seems to deserve it the least. Will she sacrifice her comfortable lifestyle and get involved?

  • Ties That Bind
    Kimberly Elise stars in this Ghanaian story which follows three women, who each have lost a child, on a journey toward redemption as they renovate a dilapidated clinic in an African village.

  • 30 Days In Atlanta
    In this comedy love story, and one of Nigeria’s highest grossing films, all hell breaks loose from the moment they land when two cousin’s from Nigeria win an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta.

  • Between Friends
    After leading separate lives for seven years, a group of university friends reunite at an upmarket game lodge in KwaZulu Natal. Long buried secrets that have been shared by these old friends are eventually exposed, causing tension to arise in their current relationships.

  • Sinking Sands
    In this psychological drama, Pabi and Jimah's happy and peaceful marriage shatters after the husband, portrayed by Jimmy Jean Louis, is scarred and turned into a violent monster.

  • Inside Story
    A promising young soccer player destined for glory, faces struggles and triumphs on the field and in love when suddenly confronted with the challenges of HIV.

  • Man on Ground
    When a successful London banker travels to South Africa to find his missing brother, he discovers a terrible secret as xenophobic riots erupt around him.

  • The Making of Nothing for Mahala
    A behind the scenes look at the comedic film, Nothing for Mahala featuring one of the continent's most successful African directors.

  • Nothing for Mahala
    Having to deal with the consequences of his actions, Axe Gumede's fast-paced career is rudely interrupted. During his 200 hours of community service at an old-age home he meets, and befriends Hendrik, a grumpy old man whose past isn't quite so different from Axe's.This South African star-studded comic clash of cultures spices things up with hard-hitting life lessons.

  • Hopeville
    On a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son in a community where apathy and fear are the order of the day, Amos' selfless acts ripple through Hopeville, transforming the town and its inhabitants forever.

  • La Playa DC
    Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager discovers a hidden talent for hair design that becomes a means for survival after leaving home in search of his missing brother.
    length: 90 minutes

  • Heartlines
    A film about LOVE When Manyisa is released from prison he faces difficult decisions. Can a second chance and the power of unconditional love set him on the right path?

  • The Piano
    A film about HONESTY Can small acts of dishonesty have big consequences? When can self-deception cause loss of integrity? Errol Tyres has to learn some painful lessons.

  • The Good Provider
    A film about RESPONSIBILITY A deeply moving story about fatherly love and responsibility. Is the value of a parent measured by the weight of his pocket or by the weight of his heart?

  • Mirror Boy
    A young African-British boy is taken to the land of his mother's birth, where he becomes lost in a foreboding forest. His magical journey unveils the mystery of a father he's never met.
    length: 84 minutes

  • The Bet
    A film about HONOR A story about teenagers demanding instant pleasure – wanting it all and wanting it now – but sometimes discovering that if it’s worth having, it’s worth waiting for.

  • Crossroads
    A film about FORGIVENESS A father’s inconsolable grief and loss sets him on a path of anger and revenge. Will Alan forgive the man who he thinks is responsible for ruining his life?

  • The Miners
    A film about ACCEPTANCE Members of a small mining community are forced to confront deep prejudices. Can they move beyond merely tolerating each other to true acceptance?

  • Imani
    An intimate portrait of three individuals living in contemporary Uganda: a child soldier returning to the parents who could not protect him; a woman fighting to free her wrongly accused sister from jail; and a youth dance troop leader struggling to simply get through a hometown performance.
    length: 82 minutes

  • The Good Fight
    A film about PERSERVERANCE A gripping film based on a true Hillbrow story about perseverance in the face of what seem to be insurmountable difficulties; finding the strength to rise again and having faith even in the direst circumstances.