7 African Documentaries To Watch On Netflix Right Now

So, just in case you’re looking to ‘Netflix and Chill’ and you don’t want to watch mindless violence or hilarious comedies, there are a couple of African documentaries that could work for you.

Yes, Neflix does indeed have a fair few African documentaries that might pique your interest if you’re into that sort of thing, so here are 7 of the very best that you will not want to miss on the video streaming platform.

Sembene! (2015)

Ousmane Sembène is often seen as the father of African cinema and this film takes a look at the extraordinary life of the legendary filmmaker who taught himself. It follows his rise from a simple dockworker and dropout to the sensation he eventually turned out to be.

The movie had a personal touch as it was directed by his long-time friend and biographer, Samba Gadjigo in collaboration with Jason Silverman.


The Square (2013)

This Netflix original chronicles the turmoil facing Egypt during the removal of military leader, Hosni Mubarak and also follows events that led to the ousting of the country’s fifth President in 2013, directed by Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaimfilm, its tells the tale through the eyes of young, hungry revolutionaries who had quite the tale and gives us a glimpse into the beliefs and philosophies of the modern Egyptian


Democrats (2014)

Zimbabwean politics has always been fascinating thanks in small part to the long, oppressive rule of Robert Mugabe, now with the leader dead and a new President in charge, there has never been a better time to delve into Zimbabwean politics than now. This Netflix documentary won an award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was directed by Camilla Nielsson.


The Pearl of Africa (2016)

The topic of LTBTQ rights is sensitive one in Africa and we tend not to hear many stories of some of the major protagonists in this regard. Pearl of Africa which was released in 2016 chronicles the tales of a transgender woman in Uganda. The film was directed by Jonny von Wallström, and it tells the story of Cleopatra Kambugu, who due to her disposition suffers certain indignities and she navigates the many challenges of being a transgender woman in Africa



Elephant’s Dream (2014)

Elephant’s Dream examines the lives of the true heroes of any society- The servicemen. This documentary gives us the experience of life in Kinshasa through the prism of the people who see all the shades of it.The film was directed by British-Belgian filmmaker Kristoff Bilsen



What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Nina Simone was an icon of music who sadly passed away in 2003.This 2015 film takes a look at the musician following her move to Liberia, the highs and lows of her career and her fascinating involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Liberia. Directed by Liz Garbus the movie also features commentary and accounts from her daughter, Lisa Celeste Stroud.


Mandela, My Dad and Me (2015)

This humorous documentary is packing some serious star power with Idris Elba involved in the project. Its tells the story of Elba and his journey while making his 2014 album Mi Mandela. It was directed by directed by Daniel Vernon



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