Okayafrica selects the 10 best African films of 2013, including movies by Alain Gomis, Kenneth Gyang, Marguerite Abouet, Neill Blomkamp & Andrew Dosumnu
Elysium (dir. Neill Blomkamp)
Director Neill Blomkamp made his name with the stellar sci-fi feature District 9. His second feature, Elysium stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Alongside its compelling visuals, Elysium is a dystopian take on lack of access to healthcare and stringent immigration laws, and is a noteworthy attempt to take third world politics to Hollywood. We're not really here for Matt Damon's celebrity humanitarianism, and he's played some pretty irritating roles (white saviour of South Africa in Invictus for example) but in Blomkamp's hands he does alright, and as a (relatively) big-budget meditation on the divisions and inequities that continue to structure our world Elysium is worth watching.