African Pictures

African Pictures showcases the best filmmaking happening in and about Africa.

Urgent represents Moroccan filmmaking. In Egypt, we have Yomeddine—part road movie, part buddy comedy, part affecting neorealistic drama—and EXT. Night from Ahmad Abdalla (Microphone). West Africa is represented by two Ghanian features—the romantic comedy Before the Vows and the documentary Sakawa—while East Africa is represented by Fig Tree and Kifaru. In Central/Southern Africa, we have the war drama The Mercy of the Jungle and the western Sew the Winter to My Skin.

Before the Vows

Ghana | 2018 | 88 minutes | Nicole Amarteifio

Two young Ghanaians seem perfect for each other, but their parents' strained marriages engender doubts about the institution.

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EXT. Night

Egypt | 2018 | 98 minutes | Ahmad Abdalla

A satire/drama about a filmmaker, a cabbie, and a prostitute who get thrown together for one night’s wild ride in Cairo.

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Fig Tree

Ethiopia | 2018 | 90 minutes | Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

During the Ethiopian Civil War, a 16-year-old Jewish girl attempts to save her Christian boyfriend from being drafted.

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USA | 2019 | 81 minutes | David Hambridge

A northern white rhino is the very last male of his subspecies; Jojo and Jacob are two new keepers tasked with his care.

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Belgium | 2018 | 81 minutes | Ben Asamoah

Experience the other side of dating-site scams through the eyes of Ghanaian youth who defraud Westerners.

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Sew the Winter to My Skin

South Africa | 2018 | 131 minutes | Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

A moody, time-shifting tale of sheep rustler John Kepe, a legendary Robin Hood-like hero in pre-apartheid South Africa.

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The Mercy of the Jungle

Belgium | 2018 | 91 minutes | Joel Karekezi

Two Rwandan soldiers struggle to survive the harsh and unforgiving jungle when they get separated from their battalion.

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Switzerland | 2018 | 86 minutes | Mohcine Besri

Patients in a Casablanca hospital all depend on one idealistic doctor.

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Egypt | 2018 | 97 minutes | A.B. Shawky

A man disfigured by leprosy travels across Egypt, joined by an orphan, to search for his family.

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