Movie lovers in the U.S. and Canada can now view top award-winning African films online via the African Film Library (AFL) at www.africanfilmlibrary.com. M-Net, the South African-based corporate broadcaster, producer and distributor has launched this unprecedented collection as a way to help cinephiles and members of the African Diaspora have a direct and affordable link to films being made in and about the often misunderstood continent—now regularly in the news—through the video on demand (VOD) service. It also provides African filmmakers a brand new distribution channel for their works. I am writing to see if you can do a piece on the AFL.
A highlight of African Film Library’s collection—which launches with 110 titles with another nearly 600 to come—is the work of Ousmane Sembène, the filmmaker known as the “Father of African Cinema.” Offering a mix of genres from drama to comedy to musical to sci-fi, narratives and documentaries, the AFL offers films for rental via digital download for $5.00 per movie. Viewers can then watch the film multiple times within a 36-hour period.
A few trailers are below:
Borom Sarret,Ousmane Sembène
1963: Tours Film Festival (France) – Prize for the Best Film
Lumumba, Raoul Peck
2000: Acapulco Black Film Festival – Best Feature Film
2001: Milan African Film Festival – 2nd place – Best Feature Film
2001: FESPACO – Paul Robeson Prize – Best Feature Film
Au Nom du Christ, Roger Gnoam M' Bala
FESPACO: 1993 - Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Film