Stream these hidden-gem South African movies
They are essential viewing for all South Africans, and they are all available on Showmax.
Some of these local films may be tough to watch as they tackle difficult topics, from human trafficking to xenophobia, but they’re essential viewing for all South Africans, as they remind us both of our troubled past and of how far our country and our film industry have come.
A black preacher has to help his son who is accused of murder. He soon meets the father of the murder victim, a white supremacist. Yet as the two get to know each other, they become a symbol against apartheid’s brutality. Watch now »
At a turning point in his life, Melvin realises he has been a failure. But an unrelated hit on drug dealers by a vigilante group starts tangling him in a broader conspiracy that will change his world forever. Watch now »
Aya thought she had found a way out of poverty. But her response to an online ad lands her in the hands of a ruthless human trafficker. Follow her terrifying ordeal as Aya survives a journey of unspeakable terror. Watch now »
Sarafina! is a musical based on the student uprisings in Soweto during the apartheid years. Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg stars alongside Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba and John Kani. Watch now »
As the fight against apartheid hit a fever pitch in the 1980s, four photojournalists braved the battlegrounds of the townships to document atrocities that helped end the brutal segregation regime. This is their story. Starring Ryan Phillippe as Greg Marinovich. Watch now »
A married couple’s romantic escape takes a dark turn when they become trapped in their tent with a black mamba. When it seems like they won’t both make it out alive, they decide to reveal some surprising truths. Watch now »
Investigating xenophobic attacks, the agents in this dark comedy discover more than they ever imagined in the town of Descent. Expect the unexpected as the controversial topic is tackled with fresh eyes and powerful performances. Watch now »
This brave short film cuts to the heartache of the Marikana massacre. When Mma Moeketsi stops hearing from her son mining illegally at Marikana, she fears the worst… Watch now »
An unsuspecting couple from Cape Town pick up a hitchhiker called Liza en route to their mountain getaway, and get more than they bargained for. Watch now »