On Friday, Netflix debuted its first original feature film Beasts Of No Nation on the streaming media platform and in select U.S. theaters. Based on the eponymous 2005 Uzodinma Iweala novel, the story follows Agu, a child soldier who plummets to unspeakable hellish depths as a bloody guerilla war ravages his nameless West African homeland.
Performances by the film’s stars Idris Elba and Ghanaian newcomer Abraham Attah have already garnered a tidal wave of critical acclaim and sparked a great deal of Oscar buzz. At the same time, others, like Shadow and Act‘s Tambay A. Obenson, have expressed valid reservations about the release of “yet another film about child soldiers within the African continent (the danger of a single story).”
Moviegoers are officially able to log on to Netflix and determine for themselves whether the film lives up to the massive hype. While you’re there, consider checking out these 10 African movies and documentaries of the Diaspora also streaming on Netflix, as of publication.