Electronic Media Network (M-Net) produces and acquires television content sourced from across a range of different genres ie. Feature films, dramas, reality shows, talk shows and documentaries. The African Film Library is an M-Net initiative showcasing the best of the African film industry – making the movies easily accessible for movie aficionados around the world.
The African film industry is one of the oldest – with its roots in Ain el Ghezel (The Girl of Carthage), which was produced in Tunisia by Chemama Chikly in 1924. M-Net has spent the last three years negotiating the rights to almost 600 works in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese and digitally remastering them.
The library forms an important archive of the continent’s cultural cinematic heritage, and also, for the first time, makes the African artists’ works easily accessible by a wide viewership around the globe – creating a new audience for existing and emerging filmmakers.
The library consists of award-winning works from more than 80 producers including Senegalese Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Mambety, Yousef Chahine from Egypt and Haile Gerima from Ethiopia.
The African Film Library website provides you with unique access to the worlds largest collection of African and South African films ever produced. Our library covers a wide range of themes and topics some of which include African music and culture, drama, entertainment, history, arts and many other subjects.
Site visitors can browse the website and view trailers in the flash player without registering or logging in. Users will need to be logged in to rent a film;
The African Film Library service will be a PPV rental service.
The system will work on credit, users can buy credit, and credit will be deducted when content is viewed.
The library includes, amongst others, films by:
Ousmane Sembene, Senegal - known as the father of African cinema: Moolade
Youseff Chahine, Egypt - pioneer of Arab cinema: Destiny
Haile Gerima, Ethiopia/USA – filmmaker and philosopher
Kwaw Ansah, Ghana
Idrissa Ouedragou, Burkina Faso
Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal: Touki Bouki
Jean Rouche, Niger/France
Flora Gomes, Bissau
Previously films that had completed the commercial cycle were no longer easily accessible. Now they can be watched again thanks to the Internet and the video on demand service via the film library.
Magteld Venter - Online Content Coordinator
Her twenty years’ experience in the television news industry for the international media such as BBC, ITN and REUTERS is foundational to her love of history.
Preserving data in any format for future generations has always been a passion of hers, especially during the many years she managed ITN Source’s Johannesburg video archive.
“Being part of the African Film Library team has given me the opportunity to engage my support for preserving African films produced by African filmmakers for future generations – including the chance to assist in providing pioneering digital access to this unique resource.”
Magteld Venter has a degree from the University of Pretoria in Political Science and International Politics.