The African movie industry has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years and it is now competing with established industries such as Hollywood and Bollywood. The rise of the African film industry can be traced back to the decolonization period of the continent. African cinema is film production in Africa. It dates back to the early 20th century, when film reels were the primary cinematic technology in use. The Nigerian film industry is the largest in Africa. The West African region has always done well over the years when it comes to movies but East African countries such Kenya and Tanzania have also begun to produce some quality African movies. Movie makers are now showing a more vibrant Africa with the help of new technologies such as computers, mobile devices, streaming video, digital cameras and the internet. This article will highlight the top 10 African movies you must see in 2014
10. The Contract
The movie has a very interesting storyline where a mother tries her level best to convince her rich son who is a very successful businessman to get married but the son is not interested in settling down. His life later turns upside down in his effort to find a wife that can give him a child that he desperately needs.
9. Heroes and Zeros
Heroes and Zeros is another exciting production based on a true story. A wealthy film director goes on a destructive path as he pursues a woman. The director becomes obsessed with the lead actress when he has no work and his failing marriage is coupled with the loss of a child.
The story is about ambitious and educated young lovers that have good plans for their future. Elelwani’s boyfriend refuses to marry her at the last-minute but her father insists that she should marry a local king. The movie reveals the hidden secretes in the royal family. Things become very complicated because Elelwani still loves her boyfriend.
7. Last Flight to Abuja
This is another wonderful production from Nollywood and is also based on a true story. Passengers sense the final moments of their lives when a plane they are travelling in develops massive errors and difficulties while still in the air. The movie contains notable names in Nolywoood such as Jim Iyke, and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde including Hollywood’s Hakeem Kae-Kazim. The movie was directed by Obi Emeloye and is just a must watch.
6. Virgin Margarida
This movie runs about 87 minutes and was directed by the supremely talented Licinio Azevedo. The story has an ironic twist because revolutionary soldiers round up and abuse women in a forest as the country is celebrating the end of colonial rule back in 1975. The events happen in Mozambique and it is such a sad story because revolutionary soldiers round up a group of women from a hotel where they were celebrating the country’s independence and embark on a mission to torture and rape them.