For decades, Africa has been known for its stunning geography and friendly people. But, recently, it is also growing in prominence as film location for international blockbusters. Here’s a look at some of the hottest movies filmed in locations across the continent.
The biopic of the American civil rights leader was filmed in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and South Africa. The final scenes where former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela quotes one of Malcolm X's speeches was filmed in Johannesburg.
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation is a story about the experiences of a child soldier fighting in a civil war in an unspecified West African country. The movie was filmed in Ghana to maintain authenticity.
The 2006 action movie highlights the atrocities generated by diamonds mined in war zones to finance warlords and international diamond companies. It was filmed in Cape Town and Port Edward in South Africa and Mozambique.
Mad Max: Fury Road
The fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. The movie was filmed in Namibia after rains turned the Australian desert outback into a field of wild flowers.
This historical drama was filmed in Marrakech, Morocco. Other blockbusters that were filmed in the ancient city include Sex and the City 2 and Mission Impossible 5.
Captain America: Civil War
The 2016 superhero movie was partly filmed in Lagos, Nigeria. The location was designed to look like an African market and included lots of extras to mimic the expected hustle and bustle.
The Constant Gardener
The 2005 drama/thriller is about a British diplomat who relocates to Kenya with his wife, a social activist, who is later found murdered in the wilderness. The movie was shot in Nairobi, Kenya, and features the city’s largest slum, Kibera.
The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland, a story about a Scottish doctor who becomes the personal physician and confidante of Dictator Idi Amin, was wholly filmed in Uganda in order to retain the authenticity of the novel on which the movie is based.
This historical drama was filmed in Kigali, Rwanda and Johannesburg, South Africa. The story follows hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina’s heroic struggle to protect Tutsi refugees who hid in his hotel to escape the ethnic cleansing by Hutu militia.
Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster was filmed exclusively in Johannesburg’s Soweto township. The film’s marketing campaign went viral with billboards and bus shelters adorned with signs reading ‘Bus Stop for Humans Only’.