We are very much aware that the African movie Industry is a booming hotspot for great visual content and talented storytellers. So, it comes as no surprise when a new wave of filmmakers use revolutionary and avant-garde approaches to tell more African stories, as well as make socially conscious movies.
These films are being revered by the world as seen in international film festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival. The Best Foreign Language Film category at the next Oscars is reflecting the rise in the African movie-making game by having more representation and inclusion of African movies.
For the 2019 Oscars, 87 countries submitted eligible entries, nine of which are from Africa countries, which include first-time entrants, Malawi and Niger. Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on January 22, 2019.
From Malawi’s Shemu Joyah and Niger’s Rahmatou Keïta who are first-time Oscar hopefuls, here’s a look at the trailers of the Oscar contenders below.