Known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty, incredible wildlife, and never-ending savannah landscape – Africa’s unique splendour is unique, unparalleled, and unprecedented.
Though torn apart by civil unrest and underdevelopment (there’re plenty of movies as well as documentaries covering these topics), Africa also has a different, softer side to it. The country is home to rare and endangered wildlife species, natural resources, and unspoilt scenic beauty.
We bring you a list of movies that have been able to capture the real essence of this stunning continent. Read on!
Out of Africa (1985)
Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, this romantic comedy takes you on a spectacular East African safari trip. ‘Out of Africa’ is beautifully shot, and has proved to be one of Kenya’s most effective marketing tools.
The White Masai (2005)
A white woman falling in love with a Masai warrior on her trip to Kenya. Leaving her old life behind, she decides to say back and adapt to the Masai’s way of life, and get used to their food which includes milk mixed with blood. ‘The White Masai’ brings out the beauty of tribal Kenya quite successfully.
African Queen (1951)
This classic adventure featuring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, was filmed in Uganda and Congo. Hilariously enterprising, ‘The African Queen’ is a story of a drunken riverboat captain (Bogart), who takes a missionary spinster (Hepburn), on-board his boat, resulting in adventure and frequent comical banter between the two.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
An adaptation of wildlife expert Dian Fossey’s autobiography, ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ is a poignant story of love between humans and wild gorillas. Starring Sigourney Weaver as Fossey, the movie shows Fossey’s unique bond with gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda, and her fight to prevent brutal poaching prevalent in the region.
The First Grader (2011)
This lovely movie is once again, based on a true story of a proud 84-year-old Kenyan villager and former Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time, to get the education he could never afford. Set in a mountain village in Kenya, ‘The First Grader’ gives you the other, more positive side of Kenya’s post-colonial era.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
‘The Constant Gardener’ is a captivating murder mystery about a recent widow who searches for the reasons behind his young wife’s murder. Based on a novel by John le Carre, this Oscar-winning film is shot in stunning locations across Kenya, including the large slum, Kibera, which is just outside the capital Nairobi.
George of the Jungle (1997)
Jungle man George has been raised by gorillas since he was a baby and a plane crash stranded him in an African jungle. Now adult, George has his first human contact in years when he rescues explorer Ursula Stanhope from a lion. The ultimate African movie, ‘George of the Jungle’ is a fantasy romance fiction that every ‘jungle lover’ simply must watch.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
This riotous movie is a fictional account of tribal people in a remote African desert. The tribals live a happy life, but it is all torn to pieces when a Coca-Cola bottle falls from a plane. With the villagers fighting over the strange foreign object, tribal leader Xi decides to take the bottle back to the gods at the “end of the world” to restore peace.
Born Free (1966)
At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple.
However, when Elsa is blamed for causing an elephant stampede in the nearby village, the head warden demands the young lion either be trained to survive in the wilds of the Serengeti or be sent to a zoo.
Animals Are Beautiful People (1974)
Recorded in the wilderness of Africa, this documentary focuses on the various animals that live in arid desert environments. Taking a somewhat humorous approach to its subjects, the film draws parallels between animal and human behaviour, and displays a wide range of wildlife, including baboons, warthogs, impalas, zebras, among others.