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Last update on June 11, 2021

From District 9 to The Gods Must Be Crazy, here’s a guide to the best South African movies.

Unfortunately, few films made within South Africa proper are well-known outside of the country.

An exception to this is the 1980 film The Gods Must Be Crazy set in the Kalahari. It’s a comic turn depicting how a Coke bottle thrown from an airplane upsets an entire village.

More recently, in August 2009, District 9, a space alien movie shot and set in Johannesburg, opened as Hollywood’s number one film in the United States to critical and commercial success. In fact, it is a creative allegory for apartheid. South African Neill Blomkamp directed and co-wrote the film. It eventually received four Academy Award nominations in February 2010.

In art-house film circles,Tsotsi also won acclaim at the Academy Awards for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006.

The film U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha won the Golden Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

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