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The Mubi Africa Film Poll 2011-2012

by The Africa Film Project
A few months ago I ran a poll asking MUBI users to name their favourite African films and here are the results. African cinema is often overlooked in more general polls and this one gives a chance for users to explore new names that they may have never come across. African film is a very loose term and covers many genres, countries, cultures and languages. Films from over twenty six countries were nomiated for this poll ranging from the deserts of Egypt and Morocco to Senegal in the west, Rwanda in the east and South Africa. This list isn’t really about the winners but about highlighting an overlooked and misunderstood area of… Read more

A few months ago I ran a poll asking MUBI users to name their favourite African films and here are the results. African cinema is often overlooked in more general polls and this one gives a chance for users to explore new names that they may have never come across. African film is a very loose term and covers many genres, countries, cultures and languages. Films from over twenty six countries were nomiated for this poll ranging from the deserts of Egypt and Morocco to Senegal in the west, Rwanda in the east and South Africa. This list isn’t really about the winners but about highlighting an overlooked and misunderstood area of cinema.


RANK FILM DIRECTOR COUNTRY YEAR NO.VOTES 1 Yeelen Souleymane Cisse Mali 1987 17 =2 Xala Ousmane Sembene Senegal 1975 14 =2 Harvest 3,000 Years Haile Gerima Ethiopia 1976 14 =4 Touki Bouki Djibril Mambety Senegal 1973 13 =4 The Black Girl Ousmane Sembene Senegal 1966 13 =6 Cairo Station Youssef Chahine Egypt 1958 11 =6 Waiting For Happiness Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritania 2002 11 =8 Night of Counting Years Chadi Abdel Salam Egypt 1969 10 =8 Hyenas Djibril Mambety Senegal 1992 10 =10 Finye Souleymane Cisse Mali 1982 8 =10 Nightingale’s Prayer Henry Barakat Egypt 1959 8 =12 Yaaba Idrissa Ouedraogo Burkina Faso 1989 7 =12 Battle of Algiers Gillo Pontecorvo Algeria 1966 7 =12 Alexandria Why? Youssef Chahine Egypt 1979 7 =12 Moolade Ousmane Sembene Senegal 2004 7 =12 Little Girl Who Sold the Sun Djibril Mambety Senegal 1999 7 =12 Silences of the Palace Moufida Tlatli Tunisia 1994 7 =18 Oh Soleil Med Hondo Mauritania 1967 6 =18 Kuxa Kanema: Birth of Cinema Margarida Cardoso Mozambqiue 2003 6 =20 Wanderers of the Desert Nacer Khemir Tunisia 1986 5 =20 Farewell Johnny Jans Rautenbach South Africa 1970 5

The films with the most votes are placed in order



4 Votes
Abouna, Africa I Will Fleece You, Man of Ashes, Mapantsula

3 Votes
Bab’Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul, Child of Another, Gate of the Sun, Munyurangbo, Closed Doors, Chronicles of the Years of Fire, Bamako, City of Contrasts, Kaddu Beykat, Mandabi, Faraw: Mother of the Dunes, Wend Kuuni

2 Votes
Budd Yamm, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Chased By the Dogs, Bled Number One, Halfouine, Dilemma, A Screaming Man, The Land, Baara, A Summer In Goulette, Land of Fear, I Love Cinema, The Street Player, Dry Season, Kitkat, Date Wine, Collar and the Bracelet,Omar Gatlato, Tilai, Guimba the Tyrant, Animals Are Beautiful People

1 Vote
The Leech, Shey Min Kouf, Jom, Mueda Memoria and Massacre, Night of Truth, Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets, Dust Devil, Teranga Blues, Madame Brouette, Rocking Poponguine, Angel of Mercy, Yacoubian Building, La Grande Voyage, Siener in die Suburbs, Dirkie, Breekpunt, Sarah, Lollipop, Net Nou Hoor die Kinders, Naked Prey, Windprints, Clouds Over Conkary, Mossane, Bye Bye Africa, Quartier Mozart, Die Kandidaat, Katrina, The Guest, Ceddo, Wazzou Polygame, A Citizen A Doctor and A Thief, In Search of Said Marzouq, Den Muso, When the Stars Meet the Sea, Fools, Mafrouza Oh Night, Love Brewed In An African Pot, Teza, Tableau Ferraille, Samba Traore, The Open Door, Rome Rather Than You, Great White of Lambourine, 9’11’01 (Burkina Faso section), Marigolds In August, Fourth Reich, Fiela Se Kind, Come Back Africa, Saturday Night At the Palace, Me and My White Man, Baro le Luc Sacre, Sacred Places, Denko, Beyond Belief, Rose of the Desert, Rostov-Luanda, Adrift on the Nile, I A Negro, Jaguar, A Kalahari Family, Lumumba, Borom Sarrat, District 9, No Tomorrow, The Sun Will Never Set, A Thousand Months, Struggle on the Nile, Sambizanga, Saladin, The Woman’s Game, A Dinner Date, Clay Dolls, Scheherazade Tell Me a Story, Cairo 1930, The Beginning and the End, Ice Cream Fi Gleam, One-Zero, Petit a Petit, Destiny, Picc Mi, Divine Carcasse, 6th Day, In the Heliopolis Flat, Missing Person, The Best of Times, The Innocent, Fallen Angel’s Paradise, Asphalt Kings, Dreams of Hind and Camilla, Lieah ya banafsieg, The Magician, Testament, Faat Kine

RANK DIRECTOR NATIONALITY FILMS IN POLL VOTES 1 Ousmane Sembene Senegal Moolade, Faat Kine, Ceddo, Xala, Mandabi, Borom Sarrat, Black Girl 40 2 Djibril Mambety Senegal The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, Hyenas, Touki Bouki, City of Contrasts 33 3 Souleymane Cisse Mali Yeelen, Finye, Baara, Den Muso 28 4 Youssef Chahine Egypt Destiny, 6th Day, Alexandria Why?, The Land, Saladin, Cairo Station 22 5 Abderrahmane Sissako Mauritania Bamako, Waiting For Happiness, Rostov-Luanda 15 6 Haile Gerima Ethiopia Harvest 3,000 Years, Teza 15 7 Idrissa Ouedroaogo Burkina Faso 11’09’01, Samba Traore, Tilai, Yaaba 11 8 Abdel Chadi Salam Egypt Night of Counting Years 10 9 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Chad A Screaming Man, Dry Season, Abouna, Bye Bye Africa 9 =10 Nacer Khemir Tunisia Bab’Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul, Wanderers of the Desert 9 =10 Henry Barakat Egypt Nightingale’s Prayer, The Open Door 9 12 Jans Rautenbach South Africa Die Kandidaat, Katrina, Farewell Johnny 7 =13 Moufida Tlatli Tunisia Silences of the Palace 7 =13 Gillo Pontecorvo Italy Battle of Algiers 7 15 Mohamed Khan Egypt In the Heliopolis Flat, Dreams of Hind and Camilla, Missing Person, The Street Player, A Dinner Date 6 16 Daoud Abdel Sayed Egypt A Citizen & a Detective & a Thief, Land of Fear, Kitkat 6 =17 Med Hondo Mauritania Oh Soleil 6 =17 Margarida Cardoso Portugal Kuxa Kanema: Birth of Cinema 6 19 Salah Abouseif Egypt The Sun Will Never Set, No Tomorrow, The Leech, Cairo 1930, The Beginning and the End 5 20 Jamie Uys South Africa Animals Are Beautiful People, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Dirkie 5

The director with the most votes are placed in order. If both directors are tied on points the outcome is decided on who has more films included in the poll.

OTHER DIRECTORS FEATURED IN THE POLL
+5 Nouri Bouzid, Gaston Kabore, Jean Marie Teno
+4 Moussa Sene Absa, Radwan El Kashef, Safi Faye, Ferid Boughedir, Oliver Schmitz,Yousry Nasrallah, Ousmanna Fawzy
+3 Isaac Chung, Jean Dikongue Pipa, Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, Khairy Beshara, Jean Rouch, Abdolaye Ascofare, Atef Hetata
+2 Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Hussein Kamal, Merzak Allouache, Kamal El Sheikh, Rabah Zaimeche, Henning Carlsen, Ross Devonish
+1 Ismael Ferroukhi, Dan Retief, Gordon Voster, Andre Pieterse, Franz Mark, Cornel Wilde, David Wint, Cheick Fantamady Camara, Jean Pierre Bekolo, Tariq Teguia, Bassek Ba Kobhio, Manie Ven Rensberg, Katinka Heyns, Lionel Rogosin, Robert Davies, Pierre s Yameogo, Cheik Doukoure, Mohamed Camara, Kalu Anya, Rachid Benhadj, Oumaru Ganda, John Marshall, Raymond Rajoanrivelo, Ramedan Suleman, Emanuelle Demorriss, Kwaw Ansah, Raoul Peck, Neill Blomkamp, Marwen Hamed, Atef Al Tayeb, Hala Khalil, Youssef Wahby, John Akomfrah, Abdoucar Samb-Makharam, Ruy Guerra, Fanta Regina Nacro, Nabil Ayouch, Richard Stanley, Faouizi Bensaidi, Atef Salem, Sarah Maldoror, Waheddin Sameh, Kamla Abu Zekry, M’mbugu Schelling, Mansour Sora Wade, Dominique Lareau


RANK COUNTRY HIGHEST PLACED FILM VOTES 1 Egypt Cairo Station 84 2 Senegal Xala 81 3 Mali Yeelen 35 4 South Africa Farewell Johnny 30 5 Tunisia Silences of the Palace 25 6 Algeria Battle of Algiers 18 7 Burkina Faso Yaaba 17 8 Mauritania Waiting For Happiness 17 9 Ethiopia Harvest 3,000 Years 15 10 Cameroon Africa I Will Fleece You 10

Countries are placed in order by number of votes. In a tie the country with more films included in the poll is placed first.

OTHER COUNTRIES FEATURED IN THE POLL
Chad 9, Mozambique 7, Morocco 3, Rwanda 3, France 3, Guinea 3, Angola 2, Ghana 2, Botswana, 2, Tanzania 2, Benin 1, Nigeria 1, Ivory Coast 1, Madagascar 1, Namibia 1, Niger 1



Lastly a big big thanks to all the users on here who voted!!
Kuxa Kanema, Misha, Myra, Angel, Moamen, Ahmed Nabil, Commie Bee, Yuki, Max Painter, Mayyezayed, Hani, Ali, Scorpiorising, Jorge Didaco, Scampi, Dennis Brian, Mais 1, Shaun Alleman, Kolar, Chai Walla, Martin Botha, Clockworkdaisyblues, Walberto, R., Greg X, Kenji, Matt Parks, Ari, Mohamad Saby, Kai White, Rohit Apte, Apursanasr, Ermias Woldiemak, Shaka, Arsaib, Blue K, and Cat

To see all the votes and who voted them please find them on this threadThe Mubi Africa Film Poll

For more information on African cinema please check out my African Film Project
The Africa Project: An Introduction
The Africa Project Part 1: Algeria- Congo Kinshasa
The Africa Project Part 2: Djibouti – Guinea
The Africa Project Part 3: Ivory Coast – Morocco
The Africa Project Part 4: Mozambique – Sao Tome and Princpe
The Africa Project Part 5: Senegal – Zimababwe

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