Sunday, October 21, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Africa (61 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for many countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.

1965 The Winds of the Aures* (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina)
1973 The Charcoal Maker (Mohamed Bouamari)
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Embers* (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina)
1995 Dust of Life (Rachid Bouchareb)
Burkina Faso
1982 Wend Kunni* (Gaston Kabore)
1986 Yam Daabo (Idrissa Ouedraogo)
1988 Zan Boko (Gaston Kabore)
1989 Yaaba* (Idrissa Ouedraogo)
1990 Tilai* (Idrissa Ouedraogo)
1992 Samba Traore (Idrissa Ouedraogo)
2004 La Nuit De La Verite (Fanta Regina Nacro)
1975 Pousse Pousse (Daniel Kamwa)
2002 Abouna (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
1939 The Will (Kamal Selim)
1958 Cairo Station* (Youssef Chahine)
1969 The Night of Counting the Years (Chadi Abdel Salam)
1970 The Choice (Youssef Chahine)
1974 The Sparrow* (Youssef Chahine)
1978 Alexandria...Why? (Youssef Chahine)
1990 Alexandria, Now and Forever (Youssef Chahine)
1997 Destiny (Youssef Chahine)
1999 Closed Doors (Atef Hetata)
1975 Harvest: 3000 Years (Haile Gerima)
1996 Tumult (Yemane I. Demissie)
1999 Adwa (Haile Gerima)
1982 Naitou L'orpheline (Moussa Diakite)
Ivory Coast
1985 Faces of Women* (Desire Ecare)
1988 Bouka (Roger Gnoan M'Bala)
1972 Five Days in a Life (Souleymane Cisse)
1978 Baara (Souleymane Cisse)
1980 A Banna (Kalifa Dienta)
1982 Finye* (Souleymane Cisse)
1987 Yeelen* (Souleymane Cisse)
1995 Guimba the Tyrant* (Cheick Oumar Sissoko)
1983 Sugar Cane Alley* (Euzhan Palcy)
1970 Soleil O (Med Hondo)
1986 Sarraounia (Med Hondo)
2000 Waiting for Happiness (Abderrahmane Sissako)
1982 Amok (Souheil Ben-Barka)
1997 Mektoub (Nabil Ayouch)
2000 Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets (Nabil Ayouch)
2004 Le Grand Voyage (Ismael Ferroukhi)
1966 Black Girl* (Ousmane Sembene)
1968 The Money Order (Ousmane Sembene)
1969 Borom Sarret (Ousmane Sembene)
1971 Emitai* (Ousmane Sembene)
1973 Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambety)
1974 Xala* (Ousmane Sembene)
1975 Letter from My Village (Safi Faye)
1976 Ceddo* (Ousmane Sembene)
1987 Camp De Thiaroye (Ousmane Sembene)
1992 Guelwaar (Ousmane Sembene)
1992 Hyenes (Djibril Diop Mambety)
2004 Moolade* (Ousmane Sembene)
South Africa
1988 Mapantsula* (Oliver Schmitz)
1992 Sarafina! (Darrell Roodt)
2004 Yesterday (Darrell Roodt)
2004 Zulu Love Letter (Ranada Suleman)
2005 U-Carmen E-Khayelitsha* (Mark Dornford-May)
1994 The Silence of the Palaces* (Moufida Tlatli)
1993 Neria (Godwin Mawuru)

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