The 7 best African films on ShowMax this August


KANARIE

First on ShowMax, now streaming

Directed by Christiaan Olwagen (Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie), Kanarie won the 2019 SAFTA for Best Script and five 2018 Silwerskermfees Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

ZOG

First on ShowMax, 8 August 2019

Animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish (the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes) and co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon (the multi-award-winning Stick Man),Zog is based on the bestselling Julia

WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER

First On ShowMax, 8 August 2019

Directed by Shameela Seedat, Whispering Truth To Power won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs, North America’s most important documentary festival, among other awards. The jury praised “its timely portrait of a bad-ass public servant (Thuli Madonsela) who uses her office for good at a pivotal moment in South African politics.”

STROOMOP

Due 12 August 2019

Ivan Botha’s directorial debut, starring his wife DonnaLee Roberts (Pad Na Jou Hart,Vir Altyd), Stroomop was the second most popular local film at the South African box office in 2018. 

LIYANA

First on Showmax, 15 August 2019

Entertainment Weekly hailed Liyana as “Gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen,” whileThe Hollywood Reporterpraised it as “A lyrical work, as bright and captivating as it is poignant.”

STORIES OF OUR LIVES

From 15 August 2019

Created by The Nest Collective, Stories Of Our Lives is a multi-award-winning anthology of five short films about the queer experience in Kenya, co-produced by South Africa’s Big World Cinema.

ELLEN: DIE STORIE VAN ELLEN PAKKIES

From 24 August 2019

In 2007, the death of 20-year-old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen.