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African Films to Watch Online!

Dear CFI Supporter,

We hope you are enjoying the free online mini-EU Film Festival. It continues until June 18.

As you are aware, the Canadian Film Institute’s African Film Festival of Ottawa (AFFO), the fifth edition of which would have been held near the end of this month, had to be shelved this year. However, by way of continuing to promote African cinema, the CFI team, along with AFFO’s lead programmer, Carleton University Film Studies Professor Aboubakar Sanogo, directs your attention to these five important African and African American film titles available on various streaming services. (Go to for direct links to watch.)
Mati Diop, Senegal, 2019 (Netflix)
Lula Ali Ismail, Djibouti, 2019 (Amazon)
I Am Not A Witch
Rungano Nyoni, Zambia, 2017 (Criterion Channel)
I Am Not Your Negro
Raoul Peck, France/Haiti/USA, 2017 (YouTube, Mubi)
Black Girl
Ouseme Sembene, Senegal/France, 1966 (Criterion Channel)
And, from the African-Canadian community, these excellent recent films are highly recommended:
Unarmed Verses
Charles Officer, 2016 (NFB.CA)
Black Cop
Corey Bowles, 2017 (iTunes)
True North: The Rise of Toronto Basketball
Ryan Sidhoo, 2019, (NFB.CA)
Ice Breakers
Sandamini Rankaduwa, 2019 (NFB.CA)
Social Me
Katia Café-Fébrissy, 2015 (NFB.CA)
Find the links to watch all these films on various streaming services at
Bon cinema!
The Canadian Film Institute Team

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