Movie Tripping – Best African Films

Based on the book by Paul Bowles, this The Sheltering Sky is about two New York expats travelling in N. Africa after World War II. Port and Kit Moresby search for spiritual truth but it eludes them. Directed by the great Bernardo Bertolucci.

Is there anything more romantic than Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke in Out of Africa? This is a movie about Karen’s love affairs with Africa and the bad boy Denys Finch Hatton – both of which are too wild and beautiful to tame.

Shot on location in Kenya, The Constant Gardener is the story of  British diplomat Justin and wife Tessa who is found murdered on the shore of Lake Turkana. The story is a flashback of the intrigue that lead to her death. Rachel Weisz is great as an idealistic humanitarian. Based on the novel by John le Carre.

This is the story of a mysteriously burned english patie, his life, and affair with aristocrat Katharine Clifton; the result of which has tragic consequences. Gorgeous landscapes and acting.  Based on the magical book by Michael Ondaatje. The English Patient was shot in and around Tunisia and Italy.

Last King of Scotland – James MacAvoy

Last King of Scotland is the story of a young doctor whose youthful idealism is corrupted by the Ugandan President Idi Amin. Mixing fact with fiction, the movie follows the rise and moral descent of the dictator. Forest Whitaker won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Idi Amin.

Jaguar – Film by Jean Rouch

I haven’t seen this film since college, but Jaguar made a big impression on me as a young film student. Directed by Jean Rouch – an ethnographic filmmaker whose jump cut editing style was popularized by film director Jean Luc Godard. It stars Damouré Zika as a young Songhai man traveling for work to the Gold Coast. It has incredible energy.

What are your favorites? I’d love your suggestions.


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