"Shadow". Picture: Netflix
"Shadow". Picture: Netflix

12 African films and series to stream on Freedom Day

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 27, 2020

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This Freedom Day Netflix is paying homage to the meaning of freedom, recognising that it means so many different things to so many people. 

Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of choice and freedom of content are a few that resonate most. 

With such a strong narrative behind Freedom Day, they've put together a list of some incredible African productions, available to stream on this commemorable day and to serve as a reminder of our renewed journey and how far we’ve come.

Shadow

Following the brutal murder of his six-year-old daughter, Johannesburg Detective and former Task Force specialist, Shadrach ‘Shadow’ Khumalo, quits his job to become a fixer for people who, like him, have been failed by the criminal justice system. 

With the help of his former partner, Shadow cuts a swathe through the city’s underworld taking full advantage of a rare condition that affects his central nervous system: he is impervious to physical pain. And he will stop at nothing to hunt down the man who killed his daughter.

Queen Sono

The action-packed series follows Queen Sono, the highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life. 

Hopeville

To support the swimming aspirations of his son, an estranged father attempts to restore a public pool but meets resistance from the community.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind 

Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba.

Lionheart 

When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business -- alongside her uncle -- and prove herself in a male-dominated world.

Tsotsi 

Tsotsi, a young street thug, steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat and spends six days in a violent and agitated situation which leads to an emotional bond towards the end.

Four Corners

In the Cape Flats, a newly released ex-con exacts revenge and triggers a gang war, sending ripples through the life of a 13-year old chess prodigy. 

Uncovered 

A businesswoman decides to continue her murdered sister's investigation into a mining conspiracy that her own boss may be a part of.

Agent 

A former footballer tries to make it as a player agent in the world of African soccer, but a secret from his past threatens to destroy everything. 

Liefling 

An adventure-loving young girl with a passion for life. She lives on a farm in Hartbeespoort with her father Simon, mother Linda, grandfather Karel, brother Kobus and house-keeper Katy.

Tjovitjo 

Amidst poverty and struggle, a hardened pantsula dance leader enters a dark space and searches for redemption and salvation in his community. 

Baby Mamas 

Four professional women lean on each other for support in their often confusing and volatile journey to motherhood.

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