With creativity at it’s peak on the continent, here are films and series that you shouldn’t have missed for 2020. The list was originally curated by DStv’s official website.
ZOG | Animated short
Animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish and produced by the UK’s Magic Light Pictures, the 27-minute animated short captures the magic of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling picture book, with an all-star voice cast including the likes of Kit Harington, Sir Lenny Henry and Tracey Ullman.
MOFFIE | Drama film
The film is set in 1981 South Africa and presents the story of a teenager completing his compulsory military service with the South African Defence Force on the border with Angola.
South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict at its border with Communist-led Angola.
All fit South African white males between 17-60 must complete two years of mandatory military service- Conscription- conducting incursions into Angola followed by annual Commando camps, both training and operational.
YVONNE ORJI: MOMMA, I MADE IT! | Comedy special
In her first HBO comedy special, Nigeria’s Yvonne Orji, better known as Molly from Insecure, has the audience rolling with laughter as she brings her razor-sharp wit and confidence to the stage.
Both celebrating and poking fun at her strict, formative Nigerian-American upbringing, Yvonne shares her unique journey from pre-med to comedy, talks about parental pressures to get married, and takes us along to Lagos to meet her family and friends.
BUDDHA IN AFRICA | Documentary
In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing.
Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future.
NOUGHTS + CROSSES S1 | Alternative history series
Against a background of prejudice, distrust and powerful rebellion mounting on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy and Callum which will lead them both into terrible danger.
KNUCKLE CITY | Boxing movie
An aging, womanizing professional boxer and his career-criminal brother take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for.
TRACKERS S1 | Action series
Action series featuring various stories of organized crime, diamond smuggling, Black Rhinos, the CIA and terrorism in Cape Town, South Africa.