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The Best About Africa Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good About Africa movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best About Africa movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Hotel Rwanda

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8.1/10
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82/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Nowhere in Africa

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7.5/10
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62/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening gown. While Regina adapts readily to this new world, forming a strong bond with her father's cook, an African named Owuor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. The Endless Summer

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7.7/10
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64/100
Released: 1966Rated: PG
Sport, Documentary

What it's about: Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential surf movies of all time. The film documents American surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the world during California’s winter (which, back in 1965 was off-season for surfing) in search of the perfect wave and ultimately, an endless summer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 3 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Cobra Verde

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7.0/10
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59/100
Released: 1987
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A fearsome 19th century bandit, Cobra Verde cuts a swath through Brazil until he arrives at the sugar plantation of Don Octávio Countinho. Not knowing that his new guest is the notorious bandit and impressed by his ruthless ways, Don Octávio hires Cobra Verde to oversee his slaves. But when Cobra Verde impregnates Don Octávio’s three daughters, the incensed plantation owner exiles the outlaw to Africa where he is expected to reopen the slave trade. Following his trans-Atlantic journey, Cobra Verde exploits tribal conflicts to commandeer an abandoned fortress and whips an army of naked warriors into a frenzied bloodlust as he vies for survival.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Lumumba

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7.2/10
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55/100
Released: 2000
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and director Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgian overlords. Lumumba emerges here as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba's own administration; a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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6. Hatari!

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7.2/10
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63/100
Released: 1962
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. The Professional

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66/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to kill the president Njala of an African country. However, a counter-order is given before he can execute his mission and he is abandoned in the hands of foreign authorities. He escapes and seeks revenge by pursuing what was his original mission.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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8. Breaker Morant

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7.9/10
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66/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

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6.3/10
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64/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Fantasy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: After retrieving the Crystal Skull in Utah, Flynn Carsen receives a map in the mail with the secret location of King Solomon's Mines. When the scroll is stolen, Judson explains the power of the Key of Solomon's book and assigns Flynn to retrieve the map. The map is useless without the legend piece to decipher it, which is located in Volubilis near the Roman ruins in Morocco. Flynn heads to Casablanca to the ruins where he is chased by a group of mercenaries leaded by General Samir. They too want to find the location of King Solomon's mines. Flynn teams-up with Professor Emily Davenport working in the dig and they escape from General Samir and his men. While traveling to Gedi, they save the local Jomo from death and the trio faces a dangerous journey through the wild Africa.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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10. The Rabbi's Cat

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7.2/10
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58/100
Released: 2011
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: The story of a rabbi and his talking cat, a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's teenage daughter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Timbuktu

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7.2/10
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64/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Eye in the Sky

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” As American pilot Steve Watts is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Hector and the Search for Happiness

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7.0/10
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69/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. The Battle of Algiers

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8.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1966
Drama

What it's about: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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15. Beat the Devil

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6.5/10
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61/100
Released: 1953
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. Submergence

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5.4/10
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58/100
Released: 2017
Romance, Thriller

What it's about: While James More is held captive by terrorists in Somalia, thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, his lover Danny Flinders prepares to dive herself in a submersible into the deep bottom of the ocean, tormented by the memories of their brief encounter in France and her inability to know his whereabouts.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, IMDb TV & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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17. Operation Condor

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7.3/10
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66/100
Released: 1991Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Hired by a Spanish baron, Hong Kong treasure hunter Jackie, a.k.a. "Asian Hawk" and his entourage seek WWII Nazi gold buried in the Sahara Desert.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. Clash

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61/100
Released: 2016
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In 2013, in Cairo, a tragic fate brings together several detainees from different political and social backgrounds inside a police truck, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of president Morsi.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Revry) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. The Great Green Wall

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44/100
Released: 2020
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: An epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow a wall of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight against increasing drought, desertification and climate change.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. War Witch

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7.1/10
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60/100
Released: 2011
Drama

What it's about: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

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21. In the Last Days of the City

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49/100
Released: 2016
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In the fading grandeur of downtown Cairo, Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the pulse of his city at a moment when all around him dreams as much as buildings are disintegrating. With the help of his friends who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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22. Far from Men

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7.2/10
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59/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident who is ordered to be turned in to the authorities.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Vudu, IMDb TV & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. Hyenas

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7.4/10
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53/100
Released: 1992
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: After being kicked out of her African village three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Linguere (Ami Diakhate) has returned home. While Linguere has done well for herself, her home village has fallen on hard economic times. Intent on punishing Dramaan (Mansour Diouf), the man who fathered her child but refused to own up to the act, Linguere makes a proposal: She will help the town financially, if the locals agree to execute Dramaan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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24. Yeelen

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7.0/10
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54/100
Released: 1987
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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25. The Nile Hilton Incident

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6.8/10
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58/100
Released: 2017
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Cairo, 2011. A police officer investigates the murder of a woman in a luxurious hotel in the days leading up to the Egyptian revolution.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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26. Five Fingers for Marseilles

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6.2/10
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52/100
Released: 2018
Drama

What it's about: Years ago, the young Five Fingers fought for the rural town of Marseilles against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau, one of them, returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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27. Cold Case Hammarskjöld

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7.6/10
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56/100
Released: 2019
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (currently Zambia), September 18th, 1961. Swedish Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General, mysteriously dies in a plane crash. Decades later, Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger and Swedish researcher Göran Björkdahl investigate the case looking for a definitive closure.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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28. Tabu

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7.3/10
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58/100
Released: 2012
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Lisbon, Portugal, 2010. Pilar, a pious woman devoted to social causes, maintains a peculiar relationship with her neighbor Aurora, a temperamental old woman obsessed with gambling who lives tormented by a mysterious past.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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29. This Magnificent Cake!

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7.2/10
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74/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: In 1885, Africa is a succulent cake destined to be wildly divided and everyone wants a piece. A disturbed European king, a Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a successful but lonely businessman, an enslaved porter, a young army deserter, a ghostly clarinetist. Some benefit from colonialism and greed. Others suffer racism and violence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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30. The World's Most Wanted Animal

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8.6/10
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46/100
Released: 2018
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: Pangolins are often described as “the most endangered animal you’ve never heard of.” The world’s only scaly mammal, pangolins are now trafficked at a higher rate than rhinos, elephants and tigers combined, for medicinal use in China, Thailand and Vietnam. In Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann found herself on the frontline of the battle to save these wanted animals after unexpectedly becoming a surrogate mother to an orphaned baby pangolin named Honey Bun. On an emotional journey, Diekmann travels to Asia to better understand the global issues facing pangolins, before joining forces with a Chinese megastar to help build a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of these surprisingly charming creatures.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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31. Karmen Gei

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6.2/10
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62/100
Released: 2001
Musical, Drama

What it's about: Bizet's Carmen gets a modern adaptation. Seducting, provocating, sensual. All the ingredients for a perfect drama. With her charm, Karmen gets out of many situations.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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32. Finding Fela

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7.0/10
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51/100
Released: 2014
Musical, Documentary

What it's about: Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story of his life, music, and political importance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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33. The Wound

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6.8/10
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52/100
Released: 2017
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Eastern Cape, South Africa. A lonely factory worker, Xolani, takes time off his job to assist during an annual Xhosa circumcision initiation into manhood. In a remote mountain camp that is off limits to women, young men, painted in white ochre, recuperate as they learn the masculine codes of their culture. In this environment of machismo and aggression, Xolani cares for a defiant initiate from Johannesburg, Kwanda, who quickly learns Xolani's best kept secret, that he is in love with another man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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34. High Fantasy

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4.6/10
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40/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A group of young friends on a camping trip, deep in the South African countryside wake up to discover they have all swapped bodies.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Vudu & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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35. Mandela

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6.6/10
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46/100
Released: 1996
History, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary that chronicles the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela is probably best known for his 27 years of imprisonment, and for bringing an end to apartheid. But this film also sheds light on the little-known early period of Mandela's life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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36. The Tentmakers of Cairo

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7.3/10
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38/100
Released: 2015
Documentary

What it's about: Amid the tumult of the Arab Spring in Cairo, vendors in a small souk observe the political upheaval while seeking to preserve an ancient tradition of fabric making.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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37. Seeds of Change

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13/100
Released: 2014
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Mbeu Yosintha was made to help farmers and rural communities cope with the effects of climate change and in particular the ever changing rain patterns in South East Africa. The film is a drama using local actors and was devised with Malawian writer Jonathan Mbuna following extensive research with various agricultural NGOs in Malawi. Following successful drama like Mawa Langa this film has already been seen in Malawi by over 10,000 people in rural areas using a pedal-power cinema kit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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38. Aya of Yop City

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6.7/10
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46/100
Released: 2013
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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39. Grigris

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6.3/10
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45/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A 25 year old young man with dreams of becoming a dancer despite the fact that he's paralyzed from the waist down. His dreams are shattered when his uncle falls seriously ill. To save him, he decides to go work for petrol traffickers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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40. Robin: Watch for Wishes

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44/100
Released: 2018
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A man of words is forced to become a man of action as John discovers the secret bucket list of his ill son Robin. The two abscond from the hospital to fulfill the boy's greatest wishes - as the police pursue John for kidnapping.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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41. Destiny

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6.3/10
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42/100
Released: 1997
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Though gay-themed stories about "coming out" and accepting one's sexuality are not uncommon in Western countries, such tales are still rare in many conservative African nations. Considered a ground-breaking film in its native Guinea, and filmed amidst a storm of controversy, Mohamed Camara's Dakan is the first of its nations films to directly address issues surrounding homosexuality. The story centers on the romance between two 20-year-old men, Manga and Sory who are first seen making out in a car. The trouble begins when Manga tells his widowed mother about his love for Sory, who is busy contending with his outraged father. The parents insist that the two never see each other again. Manga's mother then uses witchcraft to cleanse her son and change him into a heterosexual. Time passes and eventually Manga begins to date a girl. But it soon becomes apparent that try as he might, Manga's heart belongs to Sory.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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42. Sheikh Jackson

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6.9/10
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52/100
Released: 2017
Drama

What it's about: The sudden death of Michael Jackson sends a former King of Pop devotee — now a young imam — into a tailspin, in this tender and comedic film from Egyptian filmmaker Amr Salama.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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43. Dawn of Humanity

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7.9/10
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46/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Nova and National Geographic present exclusive access to an astounding discovery of ancient fossil human ancestors.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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44. Guangzhou Dream Factory

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7.3/10
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36/100
Released: 2017
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s centuries-old trading port. Today the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every “Made in China” good imaginable. Every year more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou where they buy goods to sell back in Africa. Over time, some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it? Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY weaves the stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism. Following a filmmaker’s journey from Ghana to China and back to Africa, GUANGZHOU DREAM FACTORY provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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45. Ghostland: The View of the Ju'Hoansi

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7.2/10
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35/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Remember the culture clash in THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY? This time it's real. One of the most ancient cultures on our planet is undergoing a major change. The Ju/Hoansi Bushmen in Namibia are not allowed to hunt anymore and need to converge with our so called “civilized” lifestyle. For the first time the Ju/Hoansi Bushmen travel through the Kalahari and then right into the heart of Europe. What starts as a look at their fascinating culture becomes an even more fascinating look at our Western lifestyle. A warm and humorous reflection of our habits through the eyes of people who are about to give up their million year old traditions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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46. Samba Traoré

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7.0/10
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49/100
Released: 1993
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Samba (Bakary Sangare) has returned unannounced to his home village, bringing with him a suitcase full of money. Despite his protests that this is money that he earned in the city, the villagers have their doubts. In fact, he held up a gas station and unintentionally killed its attendant, and is in hiding here. Meanwhile, he has married a woman (Mariam Kaba) with a child who left her husband and built a house for her. He is building a bar with his remaining money, but he encounters a situation which makes him believe that he will be exposed to the police, and runs away, leaving a pregnant, very ill wife behind, much to the disgust of the villagers and Samba's own family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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47. Nakom

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6.9/10
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42/100
Released: 2016
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student returns to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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48. Ashakara

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6.3/10
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37/100
Released: 1991
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An action thriller which lends a multinational depiction of contemporary Africa and centers on a local homeopathic cure for a virus that has crept into Africa.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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49. The Bloodettes

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5.9/10
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40/100
Released: 2005
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Best friends Majolie and Chouchou are two beautiful young women trying to get ahead in a near-future Cameroon. After accidentally killing a powerful politician during sex, the two come up with a plot to dispose of the body, and get into the glamorous wakes that have taken over the local nightlife.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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50. Song of Freedom

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6.4/10
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43/100
Released: 1936Rated: PG
Musical, Drama

What it's about: John Zinga, a descendent of slaves, has an ancient medallion around his neck and a fragment of song passed down generations. He is an English dockworker with a magnificent voice and a yearning to learn his roots.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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