Wonder Boy for President tells a story of Wonder Boy, a charismatic and authoritative young man from the Eastern Cape, who is coerced into running for president by two dubious and corrupt characters played by Ntosh Madlingozi and Tony Miyambo. Their aim is to mould him into a great politician and manufacture his down-fall at the right time, for the right price. It is a political satire that delves into political dynamics and challenges that arise.
Chosen by the NFVF to represent South Africa at the Cannes Film Festival market in 2015, Last Ones Out is the much-spoken-of feature film of the year starring breakout performer Greg Kriek (Momentum, n Man soos my Pa). Hailed as the first zombie movie made in Africa for Africa, the Last Ones Out team broke all the rules of the game and managed to pull off the unthinkable in this debut feature film by award-winning director Howard James Fyvie.
This art-house zombie drama also features top South African actress Christia Visser (Hollywood in My Huis, Ballade vir n Enkeling) and veteran performer Tshamano Sebe at the top of their game. It’s one not to be missed.
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An American man is stranded in the middle of a zombie-infected Africa and must trust the help of three strangers in order to make it out alive.
Last Ones Out is a gripping character-driven road movie following the lives of 4 strangers in the midst of an African zombie crisis. Henry – a cynical American man – is forced to team up with three locals as they attempt to make it across the recently evacuated region of Africa and get to the evacuation point in time. Faced with the external threat of blood-thirsty zombies and the internal challenges of trusting complete strangers, the group must learn to work together fast in order to make it out alive.
Imagine waking up after an operation in a dirty hospital in a foreign country and realizing that you are completely alone. You scream until your voice goes hoarse, only to be rescued eight hours later by a young doctor covered in blood.
For Henry, an American visiting Southern Africa, this is no bad dream. Instead, this is his reality. After waking up alone, he finds himself caught in the middle of an African viral outbreak that has swept across the entire region. Aided by three others – Sunet – the young doctor, Siseko – an older hospital worker – and Vincent his nephew – the party must journey across an empty African region to the central evacuation point in time to make it out alive. However, along the way they discover that they are not alone. Something unnatural is hunting them. Something that will not stop. Something that is no longer human. Forced to work as a team, Henry and Sunet draw closer together as their love relationship gets pushed to the test in this action-packed character-driven story from breakout director Howard James Fyvie. Last Ones Out is a thrilling road-movie through the wild and untamed landscapes of a deadly and infected Africa. The question on everyone’s mind is… will they make it out alive?
Ugandan feature film ‘Galz About Town’ directed by Hassan Mageye won ‘Best East African Movie’ at the prestigious Kenyan Riverwood Academy Awards, held on the 12 March 2016. The feature film by New Cinema Productions had been on a successful run, picking up nominations at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards and Mashariki African Film Festival earlier the year. ‘Galz About Town’ written by Waheedah Mwagale, is a story based on the prostitution world in Uganda, exposing the different ways prostitutes service their clients and the lifestyle they live through selling sex. Check out the trailer below…
Ayanda – South African feature film – Official trailer here
This South African feature film AYANDA won at Coveted Jury Award at Los Angeles Film Festival… And was recently mad available to stream on Netflix, this was made possible through Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY Distribution.
Director: Sara Blecher
Writer: Trish Malone
Stars: Fulu Moguvhani, O.C. Ukeje, Kenneth Nkosi, Nthati Moshesh, Jafta Mamabolo
Genres: Drama | Romance
Country: South Africa
Producers: Terry Pheto | Busi Sizani | Robbie Thorpe
South African Distributor: Indigenous Film Distribution
“Lamb”(2015) directed by Yared Zeleke is Ethiopia’s first ever film to be officially selected at the Cannes International Film Festival 2015.
Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home. Check out the official trailers below in Amharic with French and English subtitles.
“Wako” is a feature length film from award winning director Zziwa Aaron Alone set in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Director Zziwa Aaron Alone co-directed “The Superstition” with Paresh Gondaliya which went on to win a number of international awards. Wako tells the life story of a young hustler \ going through the criminal underworld to save the life of his cervical cancer-stricken sister. See the official trailer below…
On the anniversary of the violent Soweto youth uprising of June 16th, 1976, an affluent group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa are startled by the live-streamed suicide of a young girl in her parents’ family home. A year and some months after the incident, two disillusioned new generation Zulu youths, Jabz and his best friend September, rummage through the sleepy manicured northern suburbs of Johannesburg in search of answers, drugs, distraction and salvation. The suicide stained their youth forcing them to examine the city that surrounds them as well as their own lives. Under the hood of Jabz’s fathers sleek new black jaguar, the two boys attempt to reacquaint themselves with the carefree hopefulness of their high school years. Jabz realising that the passionate Johannesburg he remembered existing not so long ago has slowly shifted into the visage of a conflict zone in his mind. Desperately desiring a sense of rhythm in the world, Jabz attempts to connect the dots. Somehow trying to make sense of why the friends he loves need to die.
A woman marries an abusive, violent man, who cheats on her with a woman he introduces to his wife as a sister-in-law. The wife, Alice, gets frustrated and in one of his violent attacks on her, she kills him in self-defence. She is acquitted of the case. Her co-wife, Viola, bewitches her, unleashing charms that make Alice unable to leave her house. Worse still, her husband’s ghost returns to haunt her from within, seeking revenge. Unable to go outside, haunted from inside, the movie tells the events of Alice’s struggle to get her life back.
MoMo is a Somali urban refugee living in Eastleigh, Nairobi where he runs the community radio station Wazi?FM with his Kenyan friend Kevo. Everything is going well until one day the team stumble upon a dark secret in their community and MoMo suddenly vanishes. Pulling together the evidence for the story an inspector from the Kenyan Special Forces is trying to understand what really happened before MoMo’s disappearance. Is everything really as it seems in Eastleigh? Were MoMo and Kevo ever really friends? Will the inspector unravel the case in time? All will be revealed in this gripping detective mystery thriller.
What if you discovered that love was a conspiracy? Would you still love the one you love? South African feature film “Love the one you love” marks the directorial debut of promising filmmaker Jenna Bass.
Release date: 2015 (Cape Town, South Africa)
Director: Jenna Bass
Cast: Louw Venter, Chi Mhende, Andile Nebulane, Dayaan Salie, Mzu Ntantiso, Nelson Das Neves, Thenji Stemela, Lise Slabber, Kira Wilkinson