Best South African Movies

The South African cinema scene is home to an impressive array of top-rated films. From classic comedies to twisted tearjerkers and chilling crime dramas, South Africa is in no shortage of fantastic, talent-filled cinema.
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View Trailer on Vibescout. Set in late-1970s apartheid era South Africa, this film is a 1987 South African epic drama film directed by Richard Attenborough.  Screenplay written by John Briley, the story retells real-life events of black activist Steve Biko and his friend Donald Woods, who, at first, finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life. #vibescout #southafrica #cryfreedom

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

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View Trailer on Vibescout. This South African Indian comedy film, directed by Jayan Moodly, is the first South African Indian film to be screened widely in cinemas.  It also featured in film festivals in North America and has received praise from global critics. #vibescout #keepingupwiththekandasamys #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. This South African Indian comedy film, directed by Jayan Moodly, is the first South African Indian film to be screened widely in cinemas. It also featured in film festivals in North America and has received praise from global critics. #vibescout #keepingupwiththekandasamys #southafricanmovies

View the trailer on Vibescout. The story revolves around students involved in the opposition to the implementation of the Afrikaans language as the language of instruction in school, the Soweto Riots. Sarafina inspires her peers to rise up in protest against the implementation, especially after her inspirational teacher, Mary Masombuka is imprisoned. #vibescout #Southafricanmovies #sarafina

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View the trailer on Vibescout. The story revolves around students involved in the opposition to the implementation of the Afrikaans language as the language of instruction in school, the Soweto Riots. Sarafina inspires her peers to rise up in protest against the implementation, especially after her inspirational teacher, Mary Masombuka is imprisoned. #vibescout #Southafricanmovies #sarafina

View Trailer on Vibescout. Written by Kagiso Lediga, the film follows a jaded academic, Lediga, and his journalist wife, Pearl Thusi, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer, Andrew Buckland, unexpectedly moves into their urban Johannesburg home with them. #vibescout #southafricanmovie #catchingfeelings

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. Written by Kagiso Lediga, the film follows a jaded academic, Lediga, and his journalist wife, Pearl Thusi, who have their lives turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer, Andrew Buckland, unexpectedly moves into their urban Johannesburg home with them. #vibescout #southafricanmovie #catchingfeelings

View Trailer on Vibescout. Five Fingers for Marseilles is the first South African western to hit the big screens! Set in the rural town of Marseilles, the film stars an all-South African cast. #vibescout #fivefingersformarseilles #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. Five Fingers for Marseilles is the first South African western to hit the big screens! Set in the rural town of Marseilles, the film stars an all-South African cast.

High Fantasy is an exploration of identity politics as they're felt by today's youths. Local director, Jenna Bass, uses iPhones to tell the story of four ethnically diverse friends who set off into the desert of South Africa's Northern Cape and magically transports each one into the body of another. #vibescout #highfantasy #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

High Fantasy is an exploration of identity politics as they're felt by today's youths. Local director, Jenna Bass, uses iPhones to tell the story of four ethnically diverse friends who set off into the desert of South Africa's Northern Cape and magically transports each one into the body of another. #vibescout #highfantasy #southafricanmovies

View Trailer on Vibescout. This controversial, taboo-breaking feature film is taking the international festival circuit by storm. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #inxeba #thewound

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View trailer on Vibescout. Set in 1901, Modder en Bloed is a period film that follows a Boer and family man, Willem Morkel, whose wife and son are murdered during the Anglo-Boer War. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #modderenbloed

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View trailer on Vibescout. Set in 1901, Modder en Bloed is a period film that follows a Boer and family man, Willem Morkel, whose wife and son are murdered during the Anglo-Boer War. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #modderenbloed

View Trailer on Vibescout. Wonder Boy for President is a mockumentary that tells the story of a young man from the Eastern Cape of South Africa coerced into running for president. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #wonderboyforpresident

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. Wonder Boy for President is a mockumentary that tells the story of a young man from the Eastern Cape of South Africa coerced into running for president.

This rom-com tells the story of three friends trying to find their happiness while maintaining images of success, empowerment and acceptability.  The plot centers around perfectionist lawyer Nandi, housewife Zaza and art gallery owner Princess. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #happinessisafourletterword

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

This rom-com tells the story of three friends trying to find their happiness while maintaining images of success, empowerment and acceptability. The plot centers around perfectionist lawyer Nandi, housewife Zaza and art gallery owner Princess.

View Trailer on Vibescout. Focusing on the troubled relationship between a father and his rebellious son, My Father’s War is set in 2003, but also against the backdrop of the Border War. #vibescout #southafricanmovies #myfatherswar

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. Focusing on the troubled relationship between a father and his rebellious son, My Father’s War is set in but also against the backdrop of the Border War.

View Trailer on Vibescout. This South African Afrikaans-language drama is based on novels by Anchien Troskie (writing as Elbie Lotter): Dis ek, Anna (It's me, Anna) and Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer (The State vs Anna Bruwer).  It is set in modern-day South Africa and tells the story of Anna Bruwer, who avenges years of abuse from her stepfather and the court case that follows. #vibescout #disekanna #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

This award-winning and controversial film explores the relationship between Anna and her stepfather, who sexually abused her from age and her search for justice. In Afrikaans language with English subtitles.

View Trailer on Vibescout. Writer and director Sean Else tells a beautiful story of the lives of 3 fathers whose flawed humanity destroys their families, and whose love for their relations ultimately sets them on a powerful path to redemption.  #vibescout #southafrica #nmansoosmypa

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. Writer and director Sean Else tells a beautiful story of the lives of 3 fathers whose flawed humanity destroys their families, and whose love for their relations ultimately sets them on a powerful path to redemption.

View Trailer on Vibescout. Parts of the film are presented in a “found footage” format showcasing fictional interviews, news footage, and video from surveillance cameras. The film explores themes of social segregation, humanity and xenophobia in an alternate South African reality. #vibescout #district9 #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

District 9 by Clinton Shorter

View Trailer on Vibescout. An inspiring true story Nelson Mandela who joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team in an effort to unite their country in the midst of the racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. #vibescout #invictus #southafricanmovies

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

View Trailer on Vibescout. An inspiring true story Nelson Mandela who joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team in an effort to unite their country in the midst of the racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid.

View Trailer on Vibescout. The film is set in the Johannesburg township of Soweto where survival is a daily struggle. The film traces six days in the life of a young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. #vibescout #southafricanmovie #tsotsi

16 Best South African Movies Of All Time - Up to 2018 Films

Tsotsi / Athol Fugard - I've seen a couple of this writer's powerful plays and am interested in seeing if the same talent is manifest in a novel.

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