Top 10 South African Movies You Must See Before You Die

The South African entertainment industry is one of the best rated when it comes to producing some of the best quality African Movies. Movies were being produced in South Africa from as far back as 1916 when the likes of De Voortrekkers, which tells the story of the Great Trek of the Boers towards the end of the 30’s and ending up with the reconstruction of the 1838 Battle of Blood River where a few hundred Afrikaners defeated several thousand Zulus. Ever since then, South Africa has released a lot more movies that are well recommended worldwide. Some of them have gone all the way to win America’s Oscar award for best foreign language film. Answers Africa brings you the 10 most distinguished South African Movies that have been released so far.

10. Stander

Stander is a South African movie, released in 2003 and is about the life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber. The 1 hr. 56 min screenplay shows Stander where he is caught after pulling more than two dozen heist but it isn’t a long time before he breaks out of prison and resumes his anti-authoritarian crime sprees, fortified by two of his pals who would be referred to as hardened-criminals (Dexter Fletcher) and Allan (David Patrick O’Hara).

9. Sarafina!

Sarafina! was originally intended to be a musical starring Whoopi Goldberg in the Challenging times of South African Apartheid in the mid-1970’s, during the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) learns of the Afrikaaner oppression during the underground lectures of her teacher, Mary Masembuko (Goldberg). Sarafina’s mother, who works as a servant in a white household and never sees her children, urges Sarafina to toe the line. But she can no longer turn a blind eye when the government imprisons her teacher and slaughters her would-be boyfriend during an arson protest. Incited to star a rebellion, the students kill a crooked black constable, leaving Sarafina to wrestle with their decision to use violence against the government structures. Ever tightening its grip, the ruling regime would kill 575 blacks over eight months in an attempt to quell the civil unrest. (Rottentomato review)

8. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Released in 2002, Ben Clark (Byron Taylor), after moving to a new location with his Family, he becomes best of friends with his elderly neighbour, Milner (Robert Davi) who is a well-accomplished magician. In the evolving relationship, Ben pleads to be instructed in the art of magic to which Milner was initially reluctant to do on recognizing a mysterious scar on Ben’s face. Milner’s decision was however overturned with Ben’s persistence and his natural talent for magic. (…and the rest of what happens is recorded in the DVD).

7. The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca is a documentary that is half-travelogue and half-biography and relays about the remarkable journey of an Austrian Jew who becomes most influential Muslim of the 20th Century. In 1900, a baby was born in Ukraine to very strict and religious parents. Years after, he embarked on a journey to the Middle East. It would be later recalled that this is the journey that would change the course of modern history. He converted to Islam and eventually becomes one of the Saudi Arabian King’s advisor and later one of the main influencers in the formation of Pakistan, served as a UN advisor, and influenced the translation of Quoran into English.

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