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Khumba(2013)

3.0/5 (with 98 votes)

A half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought and leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; they defeat the tyrannical leopard and save his herd.

The Gods Must Be Crazy(1980)

PG
| 1h 49min | Action, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 380 votes)

A Coca-Cola bottle dropped from an airplane raises havoc among a normally peaceful tribe of African bushmen who believe it to be a utensil of the gods.

Invictus(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 1,597 votes)

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Tsotsi(2005)

1h 34min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 115 votes)

The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just stolen. He decides that it his responsibility to take care of the baby and in the process learns that maybe the gangster life isn’t the best way.

Cry Freedom(1987)

PG
| 2h 37min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 68 votes)

A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.

The Bang Bang Club(2010)

R
| 1h 46min | Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 61 votes)

In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked together to chronicle the violence and upheaval leading up to the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president. Their work is risky and dangerous, potentially fatally so, as they thrust themselves into the middle of chaotic clashes between forces backed by the government (including Inkatha Zulu warriors) and those in support of Mandela's African National Congress.

Stander(2004)

R
| 1h 56min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 35 votes)

The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.

Endgame(2009)

PG-13
| 1h 49min | Crime, Drama
2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining concern is convinced that their interests would be better served in a stable South Africa and they quietly dispatch Michael Young, their head of public affairs, to open an unofficial dialogue between the bitter rivals. Assembling a reluctant yet brilliant team to pave the way to reconciliation by confronting obstacles that initially seem insurmountable, Young places his trust in ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse. It is their empathy that will ultimately serve as the catalyst for change by proving more powerful than the terrorist bombs that threaten to disrupt the peaceful dialogue.

Beauty(2011)

1h 41min | Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

François van Heerden, a mid-40s Afrikaans family man, has become devoid of any care or concern for his own measure of happiness, and so convinced of his ill-fated existence, that he is wholly unprepared when a chance encounter unravels his clean, controlled life.

Directed by Oliver Hermanus - With Deon Lotz

Paljas(1998)

1h 59min
3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

The greatest feature to emerge thus far from South Africa (since 1994) is Katinka Heyns's Paljas. The narrative occurs in the 1960s, when poverty amongst Afrikaners was a serious problem and the South African Railway a key mechanism in Afrikaner affirmative action. This excellent Afrikaans language drama follows the deterioration of an Afrikaner family isolated and shunned in the small community of Toorwater. Nothing seems to happen. Then a circus train loses its way and comes to rest in Toorwater, and a mysterious clown brings fresh magic to the stagnating family, but he also poses a threat to the rest of the community. Heyns brilliantly succeeds in creating a metaphor for the Afrikaner family's turbulent emotional, cultural and ideological journey from the darkness of apartheid back into the light of post-apartheid reconciliation (famililial, cultural and political).

Directed by Katinka Heyns - With Marius Weyers

Drum(2004)

1h 34min | Action, Drama, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa.

The Harvesters(2018)

NR
| 1h 47min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

Directed by Etienne Kallos
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Proteus(2003)

3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

An exquisite period piece that skillfully explores the intersections of sex, race and politics takes place in 18th century South Africa, telling the passionate (true) story of two men caught in an unjust system rife with racism, homophobia and cruelty.

Directed by John Greyson - With Adrienne Pierce

Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa(2010)

1h 31min | Comedy
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Leon Schuster or “Schuks Tshabalala” and Shorty (Alfred Ntombela) intend to produce a movie as a visual guide and aid for foreigners coming to SA for the World Cup. Schuks Tshabalala is a teacher and tour guide to a mixed bag of tourists who are taking his survival guide to SA very seriously. Shorty, as usual, is his best friend, assistant and conscience. The students include ”Heinz” from Germany, “Yoti” from Greece, “Jean-Pierre” from France, “Koert” from The Netherlands, “Rajin” from India, “Maggie” from Ireland and “Xing Xang” from China, among others. They are genuinely eager to learn about SA, so Schuks and Shorty are only too happy to oblige. What follows is a series of hysterical demonstrations of life in SA as they attempt to answer all the questions posed by potential visitors.

Dirkie(1969)

1h 24min | Adventure, Drama
3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

An 8-year-old boy and his dog are left to face a vast desert wasteland alone after a plane crash, while an army of men and machines penetrate the desert searching for them. Based on true events.

Directed by Jamie Uys - With Jamie Uys

Cape of Good Hope(2004)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Mark Bamford's thought-provoking comedy explores the ever-present friction between class, race and faith in modern-day South Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives. A Drama revolving around 3 women's lives and how they are intertwined.

Directed by Mark Bamford

Circles in a Forest(1989)

1h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 1 vote)

Saul Barnard grew up in a family of woodcutters. The woodcutters are scared of the elephants in the forest, but there's one elephant that never seems to threaten Saul. Tired of being exploited by wood buyers, Saul takes a stand and his father chases him away. He goes to work on the wood buyer MacDonald's wood yard, where he gets to know MacDonald's daughter, Kate, and falls in love with her. After a few years he leaves MacDonald and joins the first prospectors in the forest, searching for gold. Millwood becomes a small town with hotels and bars and houses. Kate appears again.

Leading Lady(2014)

2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

An idealistic British drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, persuades a cynical South African farmer to prepare her for a role in a major film as an Afrikaans war heroine. In return Jodi undertakes to direct the annual concert on the Willemse farm. Jodi's interaction with the quirky small town citizens and the stubborn Kobus, teaches her that: "there is more to life than lights... camera... and action!".

High Fantasy(2017)

1h 14min | Drama, Comedy
4.2/5 (with 4 votes)

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

Directed by Jenna Bass - With Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz

Tess(2016)

1h 26min | Drama
4.3/5 (with 2 votes)

When sex worker Tess falls pregnant, she has to fight to keep her past from swallowing her whole.

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation(2007)

2h 41min | Drama, History, War
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation is a 2007 epic film on the Namibian independence struggle against South African occupation as seen through the life of Sam Nujoma, the leader of the South-West Africa People's Organisation and the first president of the Republic of Namibia.

Cold Harbour(2014)

1h 33min | Thriller, Crime
2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

While investigating a smugglers' turf war in Cape Town, township cop Sizwe discovers police corruption. He must set loyalty aside to act with integrity, alone.

Flatland(2019)

1h 57min | Adventure, Western
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Natalie’s wedding night ends up being a nightmare. First, the women of the family put the screws on, and then ‘no’ in the marriage bed suddenly doesn’t mean no anymore. Natalie hides in a barn, a shot is fired and she flees. First on horseback, then by car across country with her pregnant friend Poppie in tow. Policewoman Beauty Cuba is soon hot on their heels. She’s trying to solve a murder case but a phone call throws her back into the past.

Directed by Jenna Bass

Forgiveness(2004)

1h 52min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A disgraced ex-cop's arrival in a small town triggers a cathartic journey of forgiveness and revenge for himself and the family of the activist he killed.

Directed by Ian Gabriel - With Arnold Vosloo, Clara Khoury, Christo Davids, Zane Meas

Long Night's Journey Into Day(2000)

1h 34min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

This documentary tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Directed by Frances Reid

Sew the Winter to My Skin(2019)

1h 58min | Adventure, Action

Set in South Africa's rural Great-Karoo region in the 1950's this epic existential-adventure film chronicles the exploits of the outlaw John Kepe and the various individuals his escapades affected. This Robin-hood-esque figure would steal primarily livestock from the white settler farmers, terrorizing them for over a decade. Led by the hardliner General Botha, a mammoth manhunt ensues in the very mountain where Kepe was rumored to occupy a Noah's Ark like cave. This spectacle ingratiated Kepe in the hearts of the marginalized indigenous-population who turn Kepe's miscreant deeds into the stuff of legend making him a threat to the very fabric of the colonial society. Sew the Winter to my Skin is a thrilling, operatic ride into the heart of Pre-Apartheid South Africa and is a visceral exploration of the effects of the colonial displacement that sewed the seeds for one of the most viciously racist, political regimes in history.

Directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

Boetie Goes To The Border(1984)

1h 32min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Boetie is the type of guy who will do anything to get out of military service. Until his father makes him an offer he can't refuse. Its a story of a rich kid who learns the value of being a man.

Sophiatown(2003)

1h 22min

Little Bird's first South African production, SOPHIATOWN has won the award for Best Documentary at the Cape Town World Cinema Festival 2003. SOPHIATOWN celebrates the great popular jazz music of the 1950's in South Africa; a rich tradition deserving international attention. Director Pascale Lamche, traces the music, uncovers the artists who created it and the unique culture in which it thrived, concentrated in Sophiatown, Johannesburg's own Harlem, which fuelled by liberation politics until its destruction by the Apartheid regime. The film features Nelson Mandela and such household names from the jazz world as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonas Gwangwa and Caiphus Semenya.

Call Me Thief(2016)

2h 30min | Drama, Crime
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

The story takes place in the 1960’s on the impoverished Cape Flats in South Africa. Four boys form a teenage gang to protect themselves from bullying and rape and almost as soon as their childhood pact is declared do they begin the downward spiral to become hardened gangsters. Some years later the gang leader, Abraham, discovers in jail that he has a gift for telling stories and becomes the prison 'cinema' which earns him respect and status whilst his best friend becomes the concubine of the cell boss. On his release our storyteller begins to write his stories and develops a new lease on life with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. Meanwhile his gang buddies rope him into the murder of a taxi driver for which they will all be hung if proven guilty.

Directed by Daryne Joshua - With Sandi Schultz, Dann-Jacques Mouton

Four Corners(2014)

1h 54min | Crime, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Directed by Ian Gabriel, “Four Corners” revolves around a 13-year-old chess whiz drawn into the Cape Town’s well-known child-gang culture. Touted as the first film to delve into the 100-year-old war between South Africa’s so-called Number gangs, the 26 and the 28, it blends the Sabela, Tsotsi-taal and Cape Afrikaans dialects and mixes established talents with non-actors and first-time thesps from schools and communities across the Cape Flats.

Directed by Ian Gabriel
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