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

20 Comments

  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  4. Anna Triebel

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

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  5. 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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