WELCOME TO THE #iamAFRICA SHORT FILM COMPETITION VOTING PAGE

The #iamAFRICA Short Film Competition is a collaborative initiative between the Pan African Film Festival, The Africa Narrative and YouTube. This initiative was launched to to accelerate the success of fresh creative voices from Africa. The organizers would like to thank the more than 160 creative directors who submitted their films to the first-ever competition. We have identified 48 semifinalists, whose works now appear on the PAFF YouTube channel. In the coming weeks, our special jury will be selecting three winners from this pool of semifinalists. There will also be an Audience Award given to the semifinalist film that receives the most votes from the online public. You can view and vote for films here. Voting is open until January 12, 2020.

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2 Grams And A Sunris...

Country: South Africa
Director: Malusi Bengu
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Zee is a faded Gqom popstar who leaves behind the comforts of the suburbs for the city concrete jungle of downtown Hillbrow in search of a father fading away in the haze of childhood memories.

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2064

Country: Botswana
Director: Joseph Adesunloye
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: It’s the year 2064 and population growth and climate pressures have pushed the African continent to the brink. A federation of African states, Grand Afrique, is created to cope with the crisis.

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A Cemetery Of Doves

Country: Nigeria
Director: Adetokunboh Sangodoyin
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A teenager coming to terms with his sexuality dares to come out to a trusted confidant in a society where such discoveries are best kept secret.

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A Game For All

Country: Nigeria
Director: Amarachi Nwosu
Genre: Coming-of-age
Synopsis: Young Nigerian female soccer players are breaking barriers and proving that the sport is as much theirs as it is anyone else's.

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Axis Mundi

Country: South Africa
Director: Matthew Jenkas & Sean Steinberg
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: A paraplegic talk show host was once the “Queen of talk TV”. But with news that the network wants to cancel her show she books a renowned healer who claims he can make her walk again on live TV.

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Breaking Forth

Country: Nigeria
Director: Peter Okojie
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: 23-year old Ayisat Oriyomi, one of Nigeria’s leading female boxers, fights for access to a better life and realizing her Olympic dreams.

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Below The Legal Line

Country: Nigeria
Director: Ovinuchi Ejiohuo
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A Nigerian non-profit is on the front lines of cultivating Nigerian youth in democratic and civic participation.

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Closet Hookup

Country: South Africa
Director: Obvious Nomaele
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Two boys find themselves conflicted with societal norms and self-acceptance after meeting on a dating app.

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Crack

Country: Nigeria
Director: Tunde Apalowo
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: Two sisters grieving the death of their parents find themeselves in conflict when one sister accuses the other's boyfriend of rape.

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Closed

Country: Nigeria
Director: Tolulope Ajayi
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Struggling to find his place in the world, a young man takes action, and everything changes.

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Communion

Country: Uganda
Director: Patience Nitumwesiga
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A woman steps into her past to find healing and acceptance with the dead in order to overcome her present grief.

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Diphiri Le Makunutu

Country: South Africa
Director: Obett Motaung
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A secret agent returns to his hometown to uncover the identity of a crime lord while simultaneously being pressured to take over his father’s church.

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Daylight

Country: South Africa
Director: Liesl Ahlers
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Based on true events. When a six-year-old boy is forced to face the dark realities of South Africa, he opens our eyes to see darkness in a different light.

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Defiant Bonga

Country: South Africa
Director: Twiggy Matiwana
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A strained relationship between father and son is put to the test when the teenager is returned home by the police. However, the perspective of one night can conflict with the revelations of the day.

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Elewa - The Beans Ha...

Country: Nigeria
Director: Ashowo Gboyega
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A tale of the sexual abuse that is the daily reality for all too many underprivileged young girls in Nigeria.

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Equanimity

Country: Uganda
Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Komugisha is tired of struggling through life with her husband Musoke who is pleading for a second chance.

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Esteem

Country: Uganda
Director: Kizito Samuel Saviour
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A talented university student Rashidah battles with a need for acceptance when she ditches her musical friends for a popular group on campus.

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Eyelash

Country: South Africa
Director: Faith Riyano
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: When two childhood best friends fall in love they are too afraid to tell each other; blowing an eyelash becomes the only way to realize their wish.

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Facebook Friend

Country: Nigeria
Director: Ann Sarafina
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: A writer struggling to come up with a plot for her latest horror story receives a terrifying message from a Facebook friend. She soon discovers she is being watched.

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Fish

Country: Malawi
Director: Khama Mbaula
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A struggling young fisherman is caught between pleasing his wife and her demanding uncle.

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I Want To See For My...

Country: South Africa
Director: Fanyana Hlabangane
Genre: Other
Synopsis: An examination of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe's legacy paved during apartheid South Africa in modern-day Soweto.

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Imara

Country: Kenya & Rwanda
Director: Samuel Wanjohi
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A young Kenyan’s future as a professional cyclist is is upended following the loss of one of his legs.

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Inquest

Country: Nigeria
Director: Kester Nsirim
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: A private inquirer goes on an inquest in a rural town, seeking out an old witch. He soon realizes that there may be a secret darker than the one he is seeking.

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Kafuni (the Fan)

Country: Ghana
Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe
Genre: Spiritual/mystical
Synopsis: The fate of a wicked village chief is tied to the season’s first rain. To save himself, he wields a spiritual fan with fatal consequences that forces the village elders to intervene.

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Karata

Country: Kenya
Director: Robert Munuku
Genre: Thriller
Synopsis: A young IT specialist races against the clock to save his wife from kidnappers who threaten to kill her unless he rigs the upcoming election.

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Mara

Country: Sudan
Director: Mohamed Khalil Hita
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Twenty year-old Sara feels trapped and isolated within her own family, only to one day be faced with a life changing decision forced upon her.

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Miracle

Country: South Africa
Director: Bongi Ndaba
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A single mother on a quest for absolution travels from church to church seeking a miracle for her daughter who is afflicted with a mysterious disability.

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Mum, I Need Oil For ...

Country: South Africa
Director: Naishe Nyamubaya
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: Mother Nature's three children, rabbit, toad and leech are always hungry and must continuously be fed. Unchecked, their appetites threaten to kill her.

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Naisula

Country: Kenya
Director: Karanja Ng'endo
Genre: Coming-of-age
Synopsis: Faced with an impending coming of age ritual performed on young women in her community, Naisula must choses between her freedom and her family.

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Phoenix Girl

Country: Nigeria
Director: Anuoluwapo Adelakun
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: The story of a resilient young Nigerian woman who survived an acid attack as a child exposes the unregulated world of corrosive substances in Nigeria.

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Pieli

Country: Ghana
Director: Leonard Atawugeh Kubaloe
Genre: Historical/epic
Synopsis: Pilot episode - Rise of Montana. Discovering that he is the only survivor of Chinto's descendants, a clan condemned by an ancient war lord, Katari sets out on an epic adventure to save his life and li

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Portrait Of My Fathe...

Country: South Africa
Director: Tafadzwa Njovana
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Five Capetown inmates reflect on the indelible impact their fathers have had on their lives.

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Sicela Amanzi

Country: South Africa
Director: Mlu Godola
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A small community's only source of water collapses during a severe drought, forcing a young woman to go to extreme lengths to ensure her ailing sister lives another day.

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Slumber Party

Country: South Africa
Director: Palesa Lebona
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A teenager from modest background attends her first slumber party at an upscale home and as the only black girl. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Son Of The Soil

Country: South Africa
Director: Siyabonga Mbele
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: A drug addict reflects on his relationship with his mother through a psychological trip highlighting the death of his true self.

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Story Of A Baked Bro...

Country: South Africa
Director: Elelwani Netshifhire
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A film that explores what it means to be a woman of colour through the stories of seven women embracing their true selves.

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To Be A Child Again

Country: Nigeria
Director: Adediji Aderogba
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A morning in the life of two Nigerian boys – one a student and the other a bread seller – as they go about their very different days.

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Ten O'clock

Country: Kenya
Director: Samuel Tebandeke
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A woman is determined to make her mother face the past by breaking her silence on their past relationship which was fraught with years of neglect and abuse.

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The Enchantress

Country: Uganda
Director: Shams Bhanji
Genre: Fantasy
Synopsis: A surreal, mythological journey of a fisherman on the water ways of Lake Victoria, Uganda

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The Letter Reader

Country: South Africa
Director: Sibusiso Khuzwayo
Genre: Coming-of-age
Synopsis: While struggling to adapt to a new environment, Siyabonga, a 12-year-old boy discovers the impact of reading letters to people. One day a letter with bad news lands in his hands.

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The Pool

Country: South Africa
Director: Matome Senyolo
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Two families living in two different worlds depend on each other for daily survival. But loyalty and kindness are tested when lines are blurred between the help and the served.

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The Turning Son

Country: South Africa
Director: Thabiso Christopher
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A rebellious student turns on his father when he discovers he had a hand in the massacre of striking construction workers.

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Tokunbo

Country: Nigeria
Director: Aderogba Arimoro
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: The arc of a young couple’s relationship from their first date to its searing conclusion is witnessed from a singular vantage point.

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Umsolwa (the Accused...

Country: South Africa
Director: Minenhle Luthuli
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: On the morning of her purity rite of passage, it's discovered that Dumazile is no longer a virgin. The truth of the previous evening unfolds and with one man’s fate hanging in the balance.

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Unsaid

Country: Nigeria
Director: Zainab Ojoma Obaje
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A painful secret lies between two lovers causing a marriage proposal to take an unexpected turn.

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Who Knows

Country: Kenya
Director: Nick Wambugu
Genre: Coming Of Age
Synopsis: Six ambitious teenagers from the slums of Nairobi strive to succeed and make a better life for themselves through dance.

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Warona

Country: South Africa
Director: Koketso Motimele
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A South African university student reevaluates her stance against foreigners. A young man openly addresses sexual abuse from his past, pushing back against entrenched notions of black masculinity.

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Z : The Beginning

Country: Nigeria
Director: Godwin Josiah
Genre: Sci-fi
Synopsis: Set in post-apocalyptic Nigeria a half-human/robot meets a thief who has a dark past with a rebel leader. Unknowing to the robot, he is a pawn in the game of a company called The Triangle.

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