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South Africa’s M-Net Launches Ambitious Video On Demand Service For African Cinema (The African Film Library)

South Africa’s M-Net Launches Ambitious Video On Demand Service For African Cinema (The African Film Library)

An initiative of South Africa’s Electronic Media Network (M-Net), the African Film Library (AFL at makes African cinema easily accessible for movie lovers all over the world, with 110 films available at launch (although it’s acquired the rights to around 600 additional titles to come.

I’ve actually had this site bookmarked for about a year now, since first hearing about it, and I’m glad to see it finally being fully launched! 

The key details below:

Movie lovers in the U.S. and Canada can now view top award-winning African films online via the African Film Library (AFL) at

M-Net, the South African-based corporate broadcaster, producer and distributor has launched this unprecedented collection as a way to help cinephiles and members of the African Diaspora have a direct and affordable link to films being made in and about the often misunderstood continent—now regularly in the news—through the video on demand (VOD) service.

It also provides African filmmakers a brand new distribution channel for their works.

Titles from the likes of the father of African cinema Ousmane Sembène, of course Jean Rouche, Djibril Diop MambetyAbderrahmane SissakoHaile GerimaJean-Pierre Bekolo, Alain GomisJean Marie TenoRaoul Peck, Roger Gnoam M’ Bala, and countless other filmmakers, offer a mix of genres from drama to comedy to musical to sci-fi, narratives and documentaries, all via digital download for $5.00 per movie, watchable multiple times within a 36-hour period. 

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. 

I’ll be spending sometime on the website this weekend to get a good feel for it, its offerings, the quality of the images, and more, and I’ll report on my findings next week.

Till then, feel free to get a headstart by visiting the site HERE.

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