Last week, Netflix officially made its services available in most countries, including the entire African continent. In the announcement, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings promised that with the new reach would come new programming for local audiences.
“One of the most exciting aspects of global Netflix,” said Hastings, “is to be able to find a regional or local storyteller and give them a platform to tell their stories around the world.”
While it’s too soon to say if more African content is indeed headed to Netflix, we thought we’d take another look at the titles that are currently available. In the following pages, we highlight five films and documentaries of the African diaspora now streaming on Netflix. For more, check out part 1 of Okayafrica’s Netflix roundup.
Confusion Na Wa (Kenneth Gyang, 2013)
Confusion Na Wa is a hilarious movie that straddles the line between cutting-edge Nollywood flick and very dark Nigerian comedy. The filmmakers themselves call it a “social comedy-drama.” Named after the Fela track “Confusion”, the Kenneth Gyang-directed movie follows a group of strangers whose lives intertwine over the course of 24 hours in Lagos.