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Narrative Feature
132 minutes / 2017
Director: Shemu Joyah
Country: Malawi
Exploited by men and ridiculed by the world, two prostitutes struggle to survive in the rough slums of Blantyre, Malawi. When one of them rejects the advances of a very rich client, he violently attacks her and in self-defence she stabs him to death. Her subsequent arrest and murder trial becomes a battle not just to escape the death sentence but also a journey towards her inner emancipation.


Narrative Feature
83 minutes / 2016
Director: Arnold AGANZE
Country: Uganda
This film is presents a funny take on present day NGOs and how easily we can all get swept up in the quest to “save” African women and girls. Two friends jokingly setup a fake NGO and soon realize that getting out of it is harder than getting it started.

 


Narrative feature
85 minutes / 2016
Director: Lotfi Achour
Country: Tunisia
Burning Hope, is at once the story of an unlikely friendship and the portrait of a fragile country haunted by so many ghosts. 
Between investigation and intimate story, the movie tells the crossed destinies of two young women and a teenager in a post-revolution Tunisia, swinging between hopes and disillusions.

 


Narrative feature
105 minutes / 2017
Director: Amil Shivji
Country: Tanzania
After the passing of her estranged father, Fatima makes an unlikely friend at a hospital, Maria. Bound by pain, Fatima keeps coming back to hear Maria’s tale of the T-junction where she found love and loss in a ragtag community.

 


Narrative feature
112 minutes / 2015
Director: Sara Blecher
Country: South Africa
In a vibrant and diverse Johannesburg community, 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda has a knack for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”. Eight years after her father’s death, she is determined to revive his prized garage business, which is in deep debt and in danger of being sold. The film crackles with infectious energy and style, capturing a vividly contemporary view of South Africa. Inspired by the possibilities of a modern African aesthetic AYANDA explores a core theme of how we let go of the things and people we love.

 


Narrative feature
110 minutes / 2016
Director: Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu
Country: Nigeria
Sold to slavery by his uncle Amadi after confronting him over the mysterious death of his father Dike. In fulfilment of his divine destiny, Obidike returns from the slave camp with the stolen sacred mask to become the village Chief Priest among Umuaka village kinsmen.


Narrative feature
88 minutes / 2016
Director: Sunkanmi Adebayo
Country: Nigeria / UK
Lost in London is the hilarious tale of Okon and Bona, young students who get selected for an exchange program in London. They attempt to earn some pounds before returning to Nigeria and experience culture shock and all sorts of trouble. But Okon and Bona are made of sterner stuff and every step of the way prove that the Nigerian spirit cannot be broken.

 


Narrative feature
90 minutes / 2016
Director: Raouf sebbahi
Country: Morocco
Life is a starting point and an end point. The film tells the return trip of thirty Moroccan immigrants from the emigrate country to their home country in a bus. Spin many events among a group of characters forced to coexist within a single space and narrow and it’s IN A BUS despite the differences of their worlds and their cultural backgrounds from the extremist to the prostitute passing the revolutionary MARXIST and the musicians and others the experience becomes an interesting laboratory of events bringing us from northern Morocco to the south in an almost closed space with all the esthetic and the absurdity of a travel. It's the life that we travel.

 


Narrative feature
93 minutes / 2012
Director: Haminiaina Ratovoarivony
Country: Madagascar
he film illustrates the journey of Jimi, and his close friends, Bob and Dylan, as they travel to the Madagascan countryside to see Jimi’s ill father. While taking on present-day concerns such as native Malagasy and Indian immigrants’ cultural tensions, military corruption, as well as the challenge to preserve indigenous traditions amidst the nation’s economic growth, the film also depicts realistic and warm characters that embody the spirit of the African island.

 


Narrative feature
70 minutes / 2017
Director: Shirley Frimpong Manso
Country: Ghana
A divorced couple who decide to share equal space in their ex-matrimonial home soon realize that the ingenious idea is easier said than done. Bent on flexing their egos and scoring points, the two implore various hilarious tactics that soon inflames emotions and turns an already complicated situation into a roller coaster ride.


Narrative feature
117 minutes / 2016
Director: Abraham Gezahagne
Country: Ethiopia
Adugna(30) trains his players on roads littered with dumped bodies of “anti-revolutionaries” and anti-government leaflets as he tries to juggle family disapproval with his desire to build a great football team at a dangerous time. At a time when every young man not affiliated with government-approved structures risked torture and death, with a round-the-clock curfew in place to monitor illegal activities, it wasn’t long before the football team’s “rising stars” were under government surveillance. Eventually many of the young players of the football club are put in jail and tortured, while the coach’s wife urges him to quit his passion. But not before one last assignment where his players’ tormentors coerce him into a bizarre match between a government-approved team and his team of rising stars. If he doesn’t agree to the match he will be killed or imprisoned, he knows. The match ends with the coach’s team winning against the government favourites, annoying government officials. Defiant to the end, the “rising stars” chant anti-government slogans as they’re loaded en route to the prison, from which many would never leave, it is implied.

 


Narrative feature
80 minutes / 2017
Director: Alasambom Nyingchuo & Ashu Egbe
Country: Cameroon
What will you do if you're told by your doctor that you don't have long to live? That is the situation Maalle, who is wanted for elephant poaching, finds himself. He decides to undo some of his wrongs before he dies. He escapes from his hospital bed to go and uncover the elephant tusks that he has hidden in the forest with the intention of returning to the government authorities through a greedy and corrupt politician. The Police is tipped on Maalle’s where about by a passer-by who hopes to claim the ransom. So the chase starts, in this fast-paced action movie, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Maalle’s son, Moto outsmarts him and takes the tusks before Maalle could get there. Jennifer, the girlfriend of Moto and the link with network of elephant tusks traffickers, is caught between love and betrayal.