Okayafrica selects the best African films of 2014, featuring 'Afronauts,' 'Finding Fela,' 'Timbuktu,' 'Miners Shot Down' and more.
Though our Top African Films of 2014 list is by no means comprehensive, we're confident that each of the titles we've picked represent some of the finest cinema pertaining to this site's interests that the last 12 months had to offer. Some have courted controversy from their home governments for addressing "incendiary" subject matter while others have been heralded as highly imaginative celebrations of Afrofuturist landscapes from the past to the present. The projects, from rising stars and celebrated auteurs alike, come from Mauritania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and the US, and include documentaries, anthology films, full-length features and shorts that address topics as varied as excessive use of police force in a South African mining community to vignettes delving into the lives of Kenya’s LGBTQI community. Each of these films (and filmmakers) succeeded at pushing cinematic boundaries even further by telling stories that entertained, educated and moved us. Click on through for our selections, listed in no particular order, with commentary from a few of our resident cinephiles.