4 documentaries about Africa you need to watch

4 documentaries about Africa you need to watch

1. Invisible Children

This 2006 documentary can be considered a lead up to Kony 2012. But seeing as the aforementioned has had such a chequered history with the internet, reducing the film to not much more than a viral sensation, Invisible Children deserves some time in the spotlight. The movie highlights the use of child soldiers in the Northern Uganda conflict focusing on a group of children who have to continually seek refuge to avoid getting kidnapped by the LRA.

2. Slavery: A Global Investigation

A free documentary, done by Brian Edwards and Kate Blewett and inspired by the book Disposable People, highlights modern slavery not just in Africa but in Asia and South America. The seemingly benign cocoa industry in West Africa has created conditions where children are forced into hard labour on plantations, beaten and are not paid for their work.

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3. Stories of Our Lives

Despite gaining a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, this movie was banned in Kenya. The Nest Collective depicted stories heard and told of people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex in Kenya.

4. War Dance

Written and directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine despite receiving some criticisms that participants in the film seemed like they had rehearsed their responses, it still tells an important story. The movie centers on a group of students who win a music competition and their journey to this victory despite living in an LRA controlled area.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Releases 21 Kidnapped School Girls

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