Good news for film buffs.

South Africa’s Electronic Media Network and the African Film Library recently launched an online destination for African Films.

The African Film Library currently boasts 110 films, with 600 more on the way, and allows users from all over the world to watch the films on-demand.

The site explains:

The African film industry is one of the oldest – with its roots in Ain el Ghezel (The Girl of Carthage), which was produced in Tunisia by Chemama Chikly in 1924. M-Net has spent the last three years negotiating the rights to almost 600 works in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese and digitally remastering them.

The library forms an important archive of the continent’s cultural cinematic heritage, and also, for the first time, makes the African artists’ works easily accessible by a wide viewership around the globe – creating a new audience for existing and emerging filmmakers.

The African Film Library website provides you with unique access to the worlds largest collection of African and South African films ever produced. Our library covers a wide range of themes and topics some of which include African music and culture, drama, entertainment, history, arts and many other subjects.

The AFL will charge $5.00 per movie rental and allow users to watch the films for a 36-hour period.

Will you be signing up?

*hat tip to Shadow & Act

  • African Mami

    no…..I got my connects. But kudos to them!

  • Dalili

    Yes! Yay!!!

  • malik hemmans

    yep…i know i will cause the black movies in america suck….well 90% of the black movies

  • 80s born, 90s raised

    thanks for sharing!

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  • SheThrives11

    Thank you for this!

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  • mahogany

    please share ooo

  • African Mami

    HOLD UP!

    mahagony don’t tell me you also swam the Atlantic oo!!!

  • MusiKCityK

    Please don’t complain about the price and support our businesses especially if you pay the $12+ dollars to see a movie in the US produced, directed, or written by a white person!

  • mahogany

    well not me but my parents did. lol

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  • Sue

    With Netflix costing as low as $8-9 for unlimited DVD rentals per month, $5, looks like alot. But then again some popular releases are on Amazon’s streaming service for $3.99 each. Overall, I think this is a great idea and brings alot of films to audiences who would not have been aware they existed. I’m all for it. Hopefully in time, some of the pricing will go down. $5 maybe little to someone in the U.S. or Europe but with currency conversion rates can actually be quite expensive in many African countries. I hope they take this into consideration!

    Film-makers in Africa often have to contend with very limited budgets meaning they cannot promote their work as widely as Hollywood.

  • BLOW

    les couilles de l’ambarenee is a elephant, and le blanc de Lambarenee both are Gabonese films.

  • BLOW

    sorry, I meant les couillles de l’elephant

  • Jordan

    Oh, holy crap… As a student of film this is absolutely drool worthy. I can’t wait to see as many as I can! The music and arts subjects are calling my name.

    Props to you, African Film Library.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Yes, I will be signing up. I am so taken and interested in African Films. One of my relatives was in a film (uncredited) filmed in West Africa when they were a kid back in the 1960s. But I’ve never even seen it. Maybe it will be on this site.

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  • Anna Triebel

    I am trying many times to log in, but it does not work!!!

  • Amor

    This is wonderful. There are many African films that the world has to yet to be exposed to, and the site is a great way to do so.

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