African Pictures

SIFF is thrilled to present African Pictures, showcasing the best filmmaking happening in and about Africa today. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience innovative and inspiring filmmaking from across the continent.

This program will bring shorts and features, documentaries and fiction films from across the contient to American audiences who might never have the chance to see them otherwise. We look forward to to sharing these films with SIFF audiences and keep an eye out for strong African shorts throughout SIFF ShortsFest.

Cook Off

Zimbabwe | 2017 | 116 minutes | Tomas L. Brickhill

A Zimbabwean single mother and amateur cook competes in a televised cooking competition in the hopes of a better life.

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Ellen

South Africa | 2017 | 123 minutes | Daryne Joshua

A gripping true story of a mother and the drastic measures she took to survive her son's drug fueled abuse.

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I Am Not a Witch

Zambia | 2017 | 93 minutes | Rungano Nyoni

A nine-year-old Zambian girl is thrown into a witch camp after she’s blamed for a seemingly innocuous accident.

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Maki’la

Democratic Republic of Congo | 2018 | 78 minutes | Machérie Ekwa Bahango

On the grueling streets of Kinshasa, a young woman tries to leave behind her life as a street urchin.

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Razzia

France | 2017 | 119 minutes | Nabil Ayouch

The stories of five disparate residents of Casablanca converge on threads of sexual longing and oppression.

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Silas

Canada | 2017 | 80 minutes | Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar

An empowering account of Liberian environmentalist Silas Kpanana’Ayoung Siakor, and his advocacy against corporate interests ravaging his country.

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Supa Modo

Kenya | 2018 | 74 minutes | Likarion Wainaina

A Kenyian town comes together to make a terminally ill young girl’s dream come true—to become a superhero.

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The African Storm

Benin | 2017 | 89 minutes | Sylvestre Amoussou

The leader of a fictional African nation combats their country's history of colonialism by nationalizing the mining of their resources.

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The Blessed

Algeria | 2017 | 102 minutes | Sofia Djama

Algeria's recent societal changes are intimately explored from the perspective of a middle-aged couple and their teenage son.

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