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20 Must-See Movies Set In Africa

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Are you dreaming of traveling to the world's second-largest continent with a rich culture and beautiful scenery? This post will not focus on the rich African cinematic history but provides a selection of movies set in Africa to keep you entertain and inspire while planning your next trip to the continent, also known as the 'cradle of humankind.'

The First Grader

the first grader

A story of determination and will power. It is the real story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old Kenyan farmer that enrolled in elementary school in 2003 after the Kenyan government announced that education would be free for all.



It's a musical movie set in Soweto in South Africa starring actress Leleti Khumalo as Sarafina and her favorite teacher (Whoopi Goldberg). It is amazing movie. It tells the story of brave students who stood against the oppressive apartheid system in the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Most songs in the movie are in Zulu, but you can find the songs' meaning in English online.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

The movie is based on the real-life story of William Kamkwamba. He is from Malawi, and as a young boy, he helped his community by harnessing the wind. It is an uplifting film.

Talking About Trees